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Berkeley Astronomers Detect the First Known Free-Floating Black Hole
Berkeley astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, have detected what may be the very first “free-floating” black hole ever recorded, about 2,200 to 6,200 light-years from Earth. Dubbed “stellar ghosts,” these black holes are invisible, left behind after a massive star—at least 10 times the mass of the sun—dies and collapses in on itself.
Editor’s Note from the Fall Issue of California MagazineBy Laura Smith
I don’t know about you, but I’m growing weary of living in unprecedented times. Here I’m talking about our most recent national schism: the fall of Roe.
40 Years Later, Officials Reflect on the Most Outrageous Football FinishBy James Rainey
The pounding on the door sent a shudder through the tiny locker room.
She Thought She Would Change Her Community as a Lawyer. Instead, She Did it with Mac and Cheese.
Erin Wade got a law degree from Berkeley in 2008, but quickly realized that she hated being a lawyer. Instead, she turned to her childhood love: mac and cheese.
Into the Ishi Wilderness
To get to the Ishi Wilderness you’ll want a full tank of gas and four-wheel-drive. Even then, you should be willing to ditch the car and walk. The approximately 41,000-acre wilderness area is located in the Lassen National Forest in a remote part of the southern Cascade foothills northeast of Chico, within sight of Mount Lassen.
10 Questions for Cal Football’s Favorite Bookworm
Cal running back and rising senior Patrick Laird is known for more than just his walk-on career and impressive collection of awards. An avid reader since childhood, Laird isn't afraid to flaunt his bibliophilia—on the football field and now, in the classroom.
These Salamanders Skydive Sixty Feet and Live to Tell the Tale
You’ve heard of flying squirrels, but what about flying salamanders?
Editors’ Picks: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Summer
Some of our favorite books, films, and performances, for your entertainment Our editors have curated a list of entertainment to indulge in this summer. Here are their top picks of TV series, novels, digital collections, and more, all produced by UC Berkeley faculty and alumni. The Other Madisons by Bettye Kearse Bettye Kearse grew up […]
Turns Out Nice Folks Don’t Finish Last After All
Turns out nice folks don’t finish last, after all. A UC Berkeley-led study published in August in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science found that “disagreeable individuals,” defined as those with combative, selfish, and manipulative traits, don’t achieve greater career success than their kinder counterparts.
Black Cop, White Cop: What can two Berkeley police from the century before tell us about race relations in America today?
It was Berkeley in the 1920s. “The Fighting Swede” was driving through town, feeling even more pugnacious than usual. That’s because he was drunk. The Swede had carved out a reputation as a barroom brawler in the waterfront dives on both sides of the Bay, and he was always more than willing to defend his title—especially when he had a snootful of booze.
Fun with Fungi: Food Business is Still Mushrooming for Two Berkeley Grads
It was already their final semester at UC Berkeley, but Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez had never met. Both were sitting in a business ethics class when something the professor said caught their interest: It might be possible to grow gourmet mushrooms from used coffee grounds. Just a few weeks later, the two were practically best friends, brought together by an idea.
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