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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! […]