Deep brain stimulation: a potential new treatment for schizophrenia

By Andrea He Schizophrenia is a severe disease that affects 1% of the worldwide population and reliable, effective treatments are almost nonexistent. Symptoms of hallucinations and delusions mark this mental disorder, changing the lives of patients and their families. However, a new treatment using the deep brain stimulation technique could improve the condition of patients. …

What’s Killing the Tasmanian Devils? And What’s Saving Them?

By Emily Matcham Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) is as horrific as it sounds. Classified as a transmissible cancer, the disease, when present in Tasmanian devil populations, can reduce the populations by approximately  80 percent. Tasmanian devils, which are small, carnivorous marsupials native only to Tasmania, are scavengers and are instrumental to the maintenance of …

Metal-Organic Frameworks show promise for a hydrogen-centric fuel economy

By Noah Bussell With parts of California locked in a smoky haze for much of the fall and other regions of the world facing climate catastrophes of their own, the negative effects of fossil fuel dependence continue to reveal themselves in full force. As such, with the byproducts of fossil fuel-based processes leading to potentially …

COVID-19: Insights from UC Berkeley’s Infectious Disease Experts

COVID-19: Insights from UC Berkeley’s Infectious Disease Experts By Sharon Binoy, Ananya Krishnapura, Esther Lim, Elettra Preosti, Melanie Russo, Michael Xiong, Katheryn Zhou, Matthew Colbert, and Rosa Lee As published in Berkeley Scientific Journal Volume 24, Issue 2 Intersections, pg. 4-7 COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has spread rapidly across our …

Awe in nature and its therapeutic effects

By Erin Fernwood   During these months spent in quarantine during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, never before have we had more pressure to find alternatives to our everyday routines that we can no longer execute. Every single person across the globe has had to rearrange their lives in some way in order to accommodate for …

Perfecting the Rabies Vaccine Formula

By Sarea Nizami You may often associate the word “rabies” with dogs. But, did you know that 70% of rabies infections among humans in the United States are because of bats?  In the United States, rabies is much more prevalent among wildlife than domestic animals. Thanks to pet vaccination programs, dogs don’t have to worry …

Born to Kill? The story of ‘Serial Killer’ genes

By Anusha Subramanian All the way back in 2010, an Italian judge made legal history by decreasing the already reduced sentence of a male convict accused of murder, after the convict was found to be a carrier of genetic variants that were thought to be associated with a predisposition for aggression (Forzano et al., 2010). …

New experiments can predict occurrences of quantum jumps and may require scientists to reevaluate old theories

By Amar Shah When the mathematical rules for quantum mechanical theory were first created, Niels Böhr and Werner Heisenberg proposed a way to interpret these rules and explain their physical implications: this became known as the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. The idea of superposition is instrumental in this: that until the property of a …