19-year-old political science major from Manhattan Beach, Celine Bookin has done the unthinkable, unimaginable, inconceivable. Gathering fellow Berkeley classmates, Bookin founded the Berkeley Conservative Society. Not only that, she invited the Cal Democrats to a series of debates ranging from healthcare, economic policies, and climate change. The scene was very un-Berkeley-eqsue: no security guards or police officers in sight, no protest, no fights. A simple, civil … Continue reading How to make a change?
Two weeks ago, I attended a talk by the renowned Frank Shu. A University Professor Emeritus of UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, Shu expounded the reasons humans would struggle to colonize Mars. Being an astrophysicist on alternative energies, he also discussed how green technology could aid in space exploration. Shu’s argument revolved around three main points: the psychological and physical impact of space travel on humans and … Continue reading Challenges of Travelling to and Living on Mars
There is, after all, a similarity between our planet and the largest one in our solar system: our atmospheres change direction in a specific and accurate interval. To elaborate, the equatorial jet streams comprises of the polar and subtropical jets. The interplay of these two jets is responsible for our weather. The movement and direction of the equatorial jet reverse every 14 months on Earth. This … Continue reading Are Earth and Jupiter similar? Equatorial Jet Streams
When you read a dictionary definition, you think of it as the final verdict: perfectly accurate and abiding. But words are more ambiguous than that; they adjust and evolve over time. ‘Terrorist’ is a perfect paragon of this. According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of a terrorist is, “a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political claims.” But lately, whenever the word … Continue reading Terrorist Is Not Spelled M-U-S-L-I-M
The theatre was pitch black. The crowd was dead silent. Kala Chashma screamed through a portable player. Amitabh Banerjee and Arnab Bhattacharya entered the stage with a grand entrance – their shirts lighting up to the rhythmic beats and grooves of the song. They danced, their lanky legs flailing in the air, attempting to mimic the disco step. The crowd couldn’t contain their excitement. They cheered and … Continue reading Chai & Why?’s Fantastic Plastic, Organische LEDs