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People participate in a climate protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. / Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP

Hot and Getting Hotter

By Pat Joseph

Goodell examines the most obvious effect of warming: Extreme heat.

/ Benton Cheung

The Edge Episode 24: Long COVID with Dr. Kim Rhoads

With the end of the public health emergency and a sudden disappearance of the once-ubiquitous masks, it’s easy to feel like the pandemic is, well, over. But some would strongly disagree with that prognosis—and one group in particular: people suffering from the lasting effects of long COVID.

A photo of the ruins of the Berkeley Fire, set up at the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association's 1923 Berkeley Fire House Tour.

Berkeley Will Burn Again

By Margie Cullen

When 24-year-old Hildegarde Flanner and her mother first noticed the scent of smoke coming down from the eucalyptus groves on the hills above their home in Berkeley on September 17, 1923, they watched it with curiosity, rather than fear. But less than an hour later, the darkening plume pushed them to vacate.

Rebekah Shirley

Want to Solve the Climate Crisis? Invest in Africa

By David Silverberg

As Deputy Director of World Resources Institute Africa, Shirley is on a mission to accelerate the continent’s clean energy industry and spread awareness about the paltry financing the sector currently attracts.

(Phillipe Halsman)

The Day After Oppenheimer

By Elena Cavender

In late May of 2022, UC Berkeley entered a time machine.

The Edge Episode 23: Cosmology with Sarafina Nance

Berkeley astrophysicist Sarafina El-Badry Nance, has dedicated her life to studying really big exploding stars and what they tell us about our ever-expanding universe. She joins us this episode to talk about her own path to star-gazing and the big, existential questions that keep her eyes to the sky.

Climate Change is an Energy Problem. Here’s How We Solve It.

By Glen Martin

Preventing environmental collapse won’t be easy, but we can still squeeze through the bottleneck.

Marcus Hanschen

Regional Parks Provide Refuge and Recreation

By Margie Cullen

Preparing to head out from the popular Skyline Gate Staging Area in Redwood Regional Park, a hiker is presented with a number of options.

Illustration by Pushart

Dacher Keltner is Awe-Inspired, and You Should Be Too

By Laura Smith

What Dacher Keltner teaches isn’t likely to land you a job on Wall Street or even make you more hireable, but that’s not really the point.


Berkeley’s Alum of the Year is a Steady Hand in Guiding the Webb Space Telescope

By Susan Karlin

Two months before NASA unveiled the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope to the world last summer, some 50 astronomers and engineers anxiously gathered in the mission’s control room at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore for the moment of truth.

Jing Jing Tsong

Despite What You’ve Heard, Sadder Isn’t Wiser

By Leah Worthington

There’s a pervasive idea in psychology that depressed people are better judges of reality.

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm

By Leah Worthington

For the better part of the last 40-plus years, Cal alum and Carnegie Mellon psychology professor Michael Scheier has been thinking about optimism—what it is, where it comes from, and why it matters.