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2023 Fall/Winter


How to Turn Desert Air Into Water

By Esther Oh

Metal organic frameworks offer solutions to "the greatest problems facing our planet."


What Your Brain Sounds Like On Music

By Pat Joseph

Using artificial intelligence software, Berkeley scientists successfully reconstructed the Pink Floyd song “Another Brick in the Wall” from recordings made of electrical activity in patients’ brains as they listened.

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Same Bat Channel

By Margie Cullen

Bats, they’re just like us!

Botox / National Museum of American History, Gift of Edward J. Schantz

Botox, Green Screens, and “Factor X”

By Pat Joseph

More things you never knew came from Cal

Illustrations by Patrick Welsh

They Don’t Exist, But They Went to Cal

By Pat Joseph

Fictional characters with Berkeley backgrounds

6 Questions for Pulitzer Prizewinner Hua Hsu

By Hayden Royster

The New Yorker writer and author on his memoir of Berkeley

Normal (Asian) Lives

By Esther Oh

Fans of comics wunderkind Adrian Tomine may have rested easy upon seeing the film adaptation of his 2007 graphic novel Shortcomings this past summer.

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.


Marshawn Lynch Acts Like an Actor

By the editors at California magazine

… and other Berkeley movies, books, and entertainment

The Man Who Came to Class by Plane

By Bill Zhou, M.Eng. ’23 As told to Margie Cullen, M.J. ’22

I really loved transportation growing up.

Flying high: Fosbury clears the bar at Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium, 1968 / Getty Images

Clearing a High Bar

By Pat Joseph

It may not say so on the cover, but the organizing theme of this issue is creativity—what it is, how it works, what it says about us as human beings.


Berkeley Goes to Silicon Valley—and Space!

By Chancellor Carol T. Christ

We have recently been reminded that creativity comes in packages large and small.