After Sunday night’s inspiring Curiosity touchdown, the nation’s eyes have once more turned towards the final frontier. UC Berkeley’s miniature satellite follows right on Curiosity’s heels — CINEMA, which stands for CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons and MAgnetic fields, will launch at the end of this month. read more »


Let’s abandon all the stereotypical geek images here, because we are Berkeley, and if we can’t be proud of our geeks, there’s nothing in the world left fighting for.

That said, all you Poindexters out there might want to break out your shiny fanny packs, because the Lawrence Hall of Science has a new series of events this fall known as GEEK OUT! The one last Wednesday night, for example, had guests building their very own base stations on Mars.

Geektastic, no? We at the Clog think these events are a great idea (especially since read more »


Alfalfa sprouts have just saved the day. No need to thank them, though—they’re just doing their usual job of keeping you and yours healthy by … helping streams meander.

Apparently meandering is now a scientific goal. Scientists believe that crooked streams actually help diversify and enrich wild habitats. (So for a stream, “get bent” is almost a blessing.) OK, so that’s all well and good, but no scientists were ever able to “experimentally create self-sustaining meanders in the lab.” Until now.

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Just in case you needed another grand opening to attend, it sounds like the Lawrence Hall of Science is unveiling their new planetarium this weekend, and to celebrate, you can come by and learn everything you could ever possibly conceivably want to know about Mars.

There will be instructions on how to spot Mars in the night sky, as well as a chance to look at it through a telescope and learn about its environment. So, if you’re a really big fan of Mars, or just need something to take your mind off of last night’s football game, you might want to drop by. The event has been ongoing throughout the weekend, and doors will be open from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Lawrence Hall of Science Holt Planetarium.

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Discover Red Planet Mars! [UC Berkeley Events Calendar]

First, we helped develop the first atomic bomb, then we broke records for harboring concerned citizens in our trees for almost two years, and now Berkeley will partner with NASA in a mission to Mars. You can see the upward progression.

The mission, called the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) will study the planet’s climate history in an effort to understand how its once warm, wet and dense atmosphere came to dry up and become cold, rather like a middle-aged woman, actually. read more »


Last week, The Daily Californian reported on the research of a group headed by Cal soil scientist Ronald Amundson into Mars’ history.

Of course, whenever the red planet is mentioned, we think of little green men. As it turns out, the group found heavy evidence that water seeped into the ground from above. And where there is water, there can be life.

Needless to say, there doesn’t seem to be any definite answer one way or the other to the life question in the foreseeable future, but we’ll keep our ears open. Speaking of Martians, whatever happened to that funky rock with the wonky name—ALH84001?

Soil Holds Key to Past Life of Mars [Daily Cal]

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Bigfoot enjoys such activities as sunbathing, jai alai and checking the time

You know it’s truly the eve of Armageddon when even Bigfoot packs up and ships out to the next planet over. The Internet is abuzz with a recent picture released by NASA–a picture that seems to show an alien lady or Bigfoot waiting on a rock. Or it could be just a weird rock with a scraggly jutting formation, but that’s clearly not the case.
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