Yes, it's exactly what you think.We’re all familiar with the situation where one wakes up in the morning to a blinding light shoved arrogantly into one’s face, only to realize it’s 11:40 a.m. and the window’s blinds aren’t closed. And yet we’re always too lazy to get up and close them, so the obvious solution is to stay in bed for 20 minutes until things work themselves out.

Well, fear not fellow nite owls, because glass that can control how much light goes through it may be coming to a store near you … way, way in the future.

Indeed, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are working on glass that can do just that via some sort of “low-voltage electro-chromatic coating” scientastic technobabbular doowackness. read more »


… Except it has nothing to do with Batman or sonar. OK, so the title is wildly misleading, but a partnership between UC Berkeley and Nokia has managed to develop a technology that uses cell phones to monitor and surveil real-time traffic flow.

As drivers go tankin’ around town, GPS data will periodically (rather, whenever the cell phone crosses certain arbitrary lines) and anonymously be sent to a faceless and soulless set of servers. The data, which might include read more »


A group of researchers that includes two Berkeley scientists is running a long-term neuroscience study hoping to change the law when it comes to the punishment of minors. read more »


Every time scientist dudes emerge from their lab caves, it’s to blinkingly adjust their specs and then rain indiscriminately on everyone’s parade. Now they’ve more evidence to deplore America’s endemic drinking problem than they already do. read more »


A Berkeley researcher, working with a University of Michigan psychologist, has discovered the secret to feeling better when you’re down. His suggestion? Think of thermometers: “When negative emotions become overwhelming, simply dial the emotional temperature down a bit in order to think about the problem rationally and clearly.”

For those who didn’t understand the scientastic technobabbular doowackness, analyzing one’s emotions from a “distant,” detached perspective has shown to be effective in studies. Apparently some eastern philosophical schools have known this for, like, ever, so props if you’re a practicing meditator.

If you’re interested, the study itself involved participants recalling an emotionally devastating experience with varying degrees of detachedness, from reliving the experience to having their thought process interrupted by unrelated facts like “Sherlock Holmes doesn’t exist, but he wears a hat.” It’s science!

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Step back to move forward emotionally, study suggests [Science Centric]
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