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Berkeley Science Review - Fall 2008

Berkeley Science Review - Fall 2008

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Published by: The Berkeley Science Review on May 23, 2011
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Fall  Issue 
Planetary birth • Cannabinoids • Student solutions • T. rex 
and the Crater of Doom
• Beams away 
Advancing musicNeglected diseasesFlight of the hummingbird
Kate Kolstad
Managing Editor
Rachel Bernstein
 Art Director
Tim De Chant
Copy Editor
Greg Alushin
Rachel BernsteinMeredith Carpenter Jacqueline ChretienDaniel GillickNiranjana NagarajanKatie PeekHelen Stimpson
Layout Editors
 Jacqueline ChretienRobin PadillaKorbinian RiedhammerOrapim TulyathanTerry Yen
Korbinian Riedhammer
 Web Editor
 Jesse Dill
Sundance Press
© 2008 Berkeley Science Review.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored, or transmitted in any form without the express permissionof the publishers. Financial assistance for the 2008-2009 academic year was generously provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research, theUC Berkeley Graduate Assembly (GA), the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), and the Eran Karmon Memorial Fund.
Berkeley Science Review 
is not an official publication of the University of California, Berkeley, the ASUC, the GA, or LBL. The views expressed herein are the viewsof the writers and not necessarily the views of the aforementioned organizations. All events sponsored by the
are wheelchair accessible.
For moreinformation
Letters to the editor
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are encouraged and should be emailed to
or posted to the Berkeley Science Review, 10 Eshleman Hall #4500, Berkeley, CA 94720.
The male Anna’s humminngbird, seen here hovering for a fast-motion camera, spreads its tail feathers to produce a chirp at the bottom of a dive.Scientists think the sonic dive is used in courtship displays. Photo by Christopher Clark and Anand Varma.
 While the Democrats and Republicans are duking it out in Washington and on the campaigntrail, UC Berkeley researchers are getting along quite well, and even getting some work done whilethey’re at it. In this issue o the
Berkeley Science Review
, we are highlighting a ew o the many col-laborations on campus. So i you are sick o all the bickering on TV and in the papers, I invite youto enjoy the 15
issue o the
Berkeley Science Review
, a rereshing look at the scientic progress thatemerges when dierent schools o thought unite.It might seem that chemists, architects, business students, engineers, and law students wouldrarely have occasion to talk, never mind work together. Not so at Berkeley, as Sharmistha Majum-dar tells us in her article about the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative. Not only are studentsventuring out o their labs and buildings to talk, they are also having conversations about topics inthe oreront o the minds o voters and politicians alike, including energy eciency and weaningourselves o ossil uels (p. 28). However, energy is just one o the many global issues that teams o scientists are delving into on campus. On page 33, Niranjana Nagarajan tells us how UC Berkeleyresearchers are banding together to prevent and treat tropical diseases. All o this conversation between departments is not the only noise on campus these days, asMeredith Carpenter describes in her article about the bridging o science and music at UC Berkeley’sCenter or New Music and Audio Technologies (p. 23). Meanwhile, on page eight, Greg Alushintells us how a hummingbird seduces his mate with his own music. And don’t miss James Walker’sexplanation o how those chattering squirrels around campus can remember where they buried theirdinner (p. 14). Finally, in her brie about the eect o wine country development on salmon habitats(p.11), Liza Ray may make you think twice about sitting down to a grilled salmon dinner paired witha glass o Chardonnay.It has been a joy working on this issue o 
. The magazine would not be possible without thehard work and dedication o the student volunteer editors, writers, photographers, graphic design-ers, and artists. I you are interested in joining us, please send us an email at sciencereview@gmail.com. And i you don’t have the time, or are too busy ollowing every move (and gae) o the presi-dential campaign, please consider a nancial donation so that we can continue to make our workavailable to the campus community at no cost. The
is a non-prot organization, so your gits aretax-deductible.I would like to thank both the new and returning sta on our current
production team.Thank you to Meredith Carpenter, Jackie Chretien, and Matt Mattozzi or graceully handing over thereins to me, Managing Editor Rachel Bernstein, and Art Director Tim De Chant. And now, withouturther ado, please enjoy our continued tradition o highlighting the cutting-edge scientic researchat UC Berkeley.Enjoy the issue,Kate Kolstad

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