The Man Who Loved DDT
Revolutionary Thought: Two Cheers for the George on the Wrong Side of Independence
Ever since I was a little boy I've been in love with history, especially American history, and my favorite holiday has been the Fourth of July.
Look UpBy Pat Joseph
Ask an astronomer and they’ll tell you we’re living in a kind of golden age.
The Man Who Loved DDTBy Elena Conis
Berkeley biochemist Tom Jukes was an ardent conservationist and life member of the Sierra Club, but he just didn’t get 1960s environmentalism. The thing that bugged him most about the movement was its “emotional binge” against the pesticide DDT.
Into the Ishi WildernessBy Laura Smith
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.
A Personal Perspective on Guns—and a Modest Proposal
The kids seem to have made a difference this time, likely because they weren’t toddlers and pre-teens.
Will the Bubble Burst? Inside Berkeley’s Boba Tea Craze
These days, you can hardly throw a rock in Berkeley without hitting a boba shop.
Election Polls Are Only 60 Percent Accurate, Which Is 0 Percent Surprising.
For many Americans, Donald Trump’s 2016 victory came as a shock, especially considering how much he’d trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls. Even FiveThirtyEight founder and famed pollster Nate Silver got it wrong. But UC Berkeley business professor Don Moore thinks we should cut Silver some slack.
Celebrating Children’s Literature Legend, Beverly Cleary
It was a quiet morning at Sather Gate Book Shop in Berkeley during World War II. Beverly Cleary, who was working at the shop, idly picked up a children’s book. “‘Bow-wow. I like the green grass,’ said the puppy,” she read, as she later recalled in a memoir. “How ridiculous,” she thought. “No puppy I had known talked like that.”
Out with a Bang
If a star dies in the universe and no one is around to see it, does it make an explosion? Scientists can now confirm that it does.
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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