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Archives for August 2013

Hydrogen Fuel From Sunlight

Gary Moore, Junko Yano and Ian Sharp of the Physical Biosciences Division, working at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), have developed a way to interface a molecular hydrogen-producing catalyst with a visible light absorbing semiconductor. This approach opens a path to producing hydrogen fuel off a photocathode using sunlight and catalysts made from Earth-abundant elements. Also contributing to this research were Alexandra Krawicz, Jinhui Yang and Eitan Anzenberg. More>

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Bio-Imaging’s Big (Data) Problem

Using cutting-edge mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) technology, scientists can study tissues, cell cultures and bacterial colonies in unprecedented detail at the molecular level. This information is already helping doctors better diagnose diseases, pharmaceutical researchers develop more effective drugs, and leading to the creation of energy efficient and renewable biofuels. Despite the advances, researchers envision these areas of science progressing much faster—if only they had a standard set of computational tools to easily process, analyze and share these massive datasets. Now, they do—it’s called OpenMSI. More>

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Correction: Horseshoe Parking Lot Open This Saturday (Nov. 23)

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Next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar on September 4

The next LBNL Integrated Bioimaging Seminar will be held September 4 at 4 p.m. at 717 Potter Street, Room 141. The talk will feature Ke Xu, Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, who will speak on “A Novel, Periodic Cytoskeleton in Neurons Revealed by Sub-10 nm Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy,” and Joaquin Correa, NERSC, speaking on “Integrated Tools for NGBI–Lessons Learned and Successful Cases.” Seminars are held the first Wednesday of the month and cover diverse topics in the area of bioimaging. More >

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Lab Photos Highlight Gizmodo List of Immense Scientific Instruments

A recent Gizmodo.com story looked at “14 Immense Scientific Instruments You Won’t Believe are Real,” featuring several projects affiliated with Berkeley Lab. Lab photographer Roy Kaltschmidt has spent much time recording these projects and his photographs prominently accompany stories on the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and the Gammasphere. More>

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Berkeley Lab’s First Simons Institute Research Fellow: Sang-Yun Oh

As the first Simons Institute Research Fellow (Theoretical Foundations of Big Data Analysis) at Berkeley Lab, Sang-Yun Oh will be working with the Computational Research Division’s Future Technologies Group to develop large-scale data analysis methodologies and algorithms. Established at UC Berkeley in July 2012, the Simons Institute aims to explore deep, unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation by bringing together some of the world’s leading researchers in computer science and related fields. The Institute offers about 16 fellowships each semester in connection with a specific program, and several joint fellowships with partner institutions, including Berkeley Lab. More>

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“Actual Science” Talk on Diamonds Tonight at Actual Cafe

Christine Beavers of the Advanced Light Source will speak on why diamonds are a scientist’s best friend at the Actual Cafe in Oakland tonight at 6:30 p.m. Beavers will discuss the beauty and property of diamonds in life and in science. Her specialty is crystallography, which is the determination of 3-D structures of molecules from crystals, using X-rays. The Actual Science events are sponsored by the Materials Sciences Division.

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Bay Bridge Commuters: Get a Preview of Your New Commute

Next Tuesday morning the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is set to open by 5 a.m. Motorists will encounter a new driving experience, as traffic moves from the upper and lower decks of the original bridge to the parallel, side-by-side decks of the new East Span. The new side-by-side configuration will open up panoramic views of the San Francisco bay and the East Bay hills. Motorists are urged to drive safely and keep their eyes on the road, and let their passengers enjoy the much more picturesque ride. Watch an animated preview of the drive here. Scroll down for a video of the westbound drive.

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New Course for 2013 Runaround

At the Lab’s 36th annual Runaround on Oct. 11 there will be a new route. Click here for a map. Many volunteers are needed to make the Runaround possible. Those interested in helping should contact Anytra Henderson or Christina Debernardi.

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McMillan Road Closed Friday for Crane Staging

McMillan Road will be closed to both directions of vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday to accommodate crane staging for the SERC Project. The road will be closed from the corner by Building 17 up to the Medical Center (Building 26) Access Road. Pedestrian traffic and work on the Wilson Slide repair will not be affected by this closure. Flaggers will be posted at each end of the road to direct traffic away from the closure and to assist pedestrian traffic in the area. Segre Road (Sally’s Alley) can be used to access the N3 Parking Lot. Contact David Cota (510-316-5786) or Matt Vail (510-333-2109) with questions or concerns. Click here for a map.

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