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Time to Astrid Anker

Time is found, lost, given, spent. Together with space it can bend. Time is a fickle friend. In physics class we are told that time is relative: it ticks by slower or faster, depending on the motion of the object and the frame of reference. Sometimes we forget to apply that to our own human experience. It’s a lot for […]

“When Art Meets Science,” a Tea Talk Review

Author: Kat Feng Tea Talk Tuesday is a platform for graduate students at UCSC to come together and listen to each other speak about their research in STEM and related fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. More and more, another term has been on the rise: STEAM. That is STEM plus Art. At Scientific Slug, we have […]

Rose Synthesis

A rose unfolds, unravels and blooms Days and nights waltz quickly, a shuffling one, two Past the artist child’s eyes They glow- In rivers of golds and bursts of green the eyes of the little one grow With fascination the rose unfolds to reveal everything- Everything that we are – in it beauty In it jealousy and greed The thoughts […]

Tea Talk Tuesday: Collaborating with the Universe

Recently, TEDxSantaCruz took place. I didn’t get to go, but I loved the theme: Radical Collaboration. It made me think of those videos that feature unlikely friendships between, say, a tiger and a monkey. But really, it was about innovative approaches to problems and ideas across disciplines and boundaries. This Tea Talk featured the wonder that arises when music meets […]

Getting Back to Basic Science Tools

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries in the past century have been due to drastic advancements in technology. Humans have developed microscopes, telescopes, particle colliders, submarines, spectrometers … all of these inventions have revolutionized our understanding of the world around us. Amidst this incredible technology it is easy to forget that, armed with our curiosity, we once only used our […]

Tea Talk Tuesday: The Search for Dark Matter

When pondering the universe, we can think of it as an iceberg floating in the ocean. All that we can see – the planets, the stars, the galaxies – is within the tip. Roughly one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg is above the water. Similarly, what we can “see” of the universe makes up only around 15% of the […]

The Inaugural Tea Talk Tuesday

This past week we had our first Tea Talk Tuesday, a biweekly seminar series for grad students in STEM and related fields. Talks are 20 minutes long with 10 minutes after for questions and discussion, plus we get tea, coffee, and snacks to round out a mid-afternoon break. We model the Tea Talks after Friday Forum, an interdepartmental seminar series […]

Postcards from Science: Studying Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes from Ishikawa, Japan

Today’s blog post marks the beginning of a series called ‘Postcards from Science’ which features science conducted by UCSC researchers in other parts of the world. The series will explore not only the details of the research, but also why the location is ideal, and what kinds of surprises and challenges the scientists encountered. Join us as we simultaneously explore […]

Radiation resistance?

As I write my genetics lab report while listening to Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive for perhaps the 88th time on the radio, I contemplate whether people can really be radioactive. Wikipedia tells me yes– we earthlings indeed radiate some gamma rays thanks to a miniscule amount of naturally present Potassium-40 in our bodies. Some of this we get from bananas. But […]

Farewell to abalone

In lieu of Valentine’s Day, it is appropriate to discuss a matter that captures the essence of love–the spawning of abalone in southern California. Their super hard shells… that super soft interior…. mmmm don’t even get me started on that sexy foot! What is more romantic than a gastropod? Although undeniable sexy creatures of the sea, abalone are endangered. Gasp! […]