The Big Picture of Biological Stress- Immune and Reproductive Systems

This is a review of biological stress from interviews with UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology professors, Dr. Michael Shapira and Dr. George Bentley, for Berkeley Scientific Journal’s 18th volume. The information below summarizes what I learned not only from talking with the researchers but also from the pre-interview preparation.…

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Do We Become Less Human as We Age?

What makes us a human? Walking on two legs? Language? Empathy? Our large prefrontal cortex, which enables our predictive and problem solving skills? Many of the characteristics we cherish as distinguishing us from our more primitive evolutionary cousins often decline with age. We consider the pinnacles of our humanity to…

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Artificial sweeteners: A victory against obesity or just the beginning of new problems?

With Halloween behind us and the beginning of the holiday season ahead, many folks are beginning a preemptive diet to ward off seasonal bellies. But with diet sodas and sugar-free desserts, are you really going to keep off those holiday pounds? Or could there be even more sinister consequences of turning to sugar-free…

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Welcome to our blog!

Here at Berkeley Scientific Journal, we strive to make science understandable and interesting to everyone, not only scientists and science students. Starting November, our talented undergraduate staff will write about hot topics in science, ethical dilemmas we constantly face in the scientific world, and small ideas you can follow to…

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