Aerosols: Mechanisms of Mischief

Aerosols: Mechanisms of Mischief By Noah BussellWhile many of us have heard about aerosols only in recent years, likely in the context of COVID-19, these micrometer (and even nanometer) sized particles have long been of interest to scientists due in part to their effects on respiratory health and the climate. However, much is still unknown …

Beyond the Racetrack: The Perfect Formula for a Ventilator [Interview with Simone Resta]

Beyond the Racetrack: The Perfect Formula for a Ventilator Interview with Simone Resta By Elettra Preosti As published in Berkeley Scientific Journal Volume 25, Issue 1, Bonds pp. 20-24 Simone Resta (1). Simone Resta is Head of Chassis Area at Scuderia Ferrari, the Formula 1 racing team of luxury Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari. He obtained a master’s …

Newly Discovered Neural Mechanism of Social Isolation

By Nicole Xu Social isolation is by no means a new phenomenon, but the issue is currently being highlighted as lockdown and social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have severely dwindled person-to-person interaction. People of all ages struggle with social isolation, but it can have especially detrimental and long lasting effects in developing children. …

Concerns over Insufficient Vitamin D: A Valid Excuse for Not Wearing Sunscreen?

By Tiffany Liang We know that we should wear sunscreen when heading outdoors on a hot, sunny day, but slathering on the sun lotion is often the last thing on our minds during the cold, dark days of winter. Besides, we need all the Vitamin D we can get, right? Well, let’s first break down …

The “New” Science Field That Might Cure Our Existentialism

By Aarthi Muthukumar   What does it mean to be human? Perhaps it’s our anatomy, and the way we’ve categorized ourselves in evolutionary theory. Or maybe it’s the fact that we have big brains, dedicated to solving complex problems and contemplating the meaning of existence. Whatever the answer may be, we can all agree that …

Shaping Light with New Materials: A new take on Chromatic Aberration

By Yi Zhu   Ever wonder why rainbows contain, well…a rainbow of colors?   The science behind rainbows was first demonstrated by Isaac Newton in 1666 when he showed that white light passing through a glass prism will spread out into a wide spectrum of colors.    We observe a rainbow from materials such as …

Lower Voice Pitch Correlates with Higher Electability, but not Necessarily Leadership Ability

by Nanda Nayak Vocal communication can serve a variety of purposes in the animal kingdom. Male white bellbirds, for example, attempt to coo females they are interested in by loudly screaming in their face, reaching up to 125 decibels in volume — about as loud as a jackhammer!) Tigers may roar to intimidate competition and …

Artificial Intelligence: A Potential Platform for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

By Liane Albarghouthi When you hear of artificial intelligence, what first comes to mind? You may not immediately jump to breast cancer screenings — but with the developments of exciting technologies, this seemingly unlikely pairing is within reach. Now, scientists are unraveling trailblazing artificial intelligence applications throughout a vast range of fields — including cancer …