Author Archives: almostlikescience

How to Survive a STEM PhD

I recently wrote a short eBook, which is now available on Amazon! It was a fun project and primarily a way to collect lots of advice I’ve received over the years. I’m including a short excerpt here—for the full book, … Continue reading

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Plantation Peril

Replacing rainforests with farms has many obvious consequences, but a recent paper from Nature Communications suggests that the ecological effect of deforestation is even greater than previously imagined. In this study, researchers, including several from UC Berkeley, showed that species … Continue reading

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Book Review—Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Lying awake at three o’clock in the morning, I began silently cursing the pillow, the blankets, the streetlight filtering in through my window. I had never had trouble sleeping before, but a perfect storm of deadlines and responsibilities had made … Continue reading

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Berkeley Science Review: From the Editor (Fall 2017, Issue 33)

The past year has been a whirlwind as Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Science Review. This is a reprint of my final From the Editor, which describes some of the work I’ve helped edit and produce over the past … Continue reading

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Beyond the Controversy: How CRISPR/Cas9 Permanently Modified Molecular Biology

CRISPR/Cas9, a new, easy, and rapid genome editing technique, is at the center of heated debates over gene therapy, human embryo manipulation, and genetically-modified crops. While the most controversial applications of CRISPR/Cas9 likely will not affect the general public for years, this technique immediately and … Continue reading

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The business of microbiology

Last night, Bill Gates spoke to a thousands of scientists at the opening night of the American Society for Microbiology conference. Over an hour, he discussed past and current work on various diseases including polio, malaria, tuberculosis, and others. In each … Continue reading

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Editing sensationalism (or: Don’t throw away your cellphone)

Earlier this week, a top story on my Google News feed caught my eye. “Report claims cellphones cause cancer!” one site blared. “Mobile phones can cause cancer,” read another headline. One was particularly bad: from the headline, to the buried critiques, to … Continue reading

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