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Archives for July 2014

Intriguing DNA Editor Has a Structural Trigger

The molecular structures of two proteins from a family of genome-editing enzymes reveal how they target and cleave DNA. The results point the way to the rational design of new and improved versions of the enzymes for basic research and genetic engineering. More>

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Proposals for DOE Early Career Funding Now Open; Town Hall on Aug. 20

Program helps give young researchers the space to create and act on visionary ideas. Pre-proposals are due Sept. 11. Director Alivisatos is hosting town hall meeting for more information. More>

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Summer Softball League Scores and Standings for Week Six

Saving Quads d. Animals (11-10), Small Ball d. SUDZ (14-7), Petaflops d. Ballpark Estimates (10-4). Animals and SUDZ are tied for first place (3-1-2), followed by Small Ball (3-2-1), Ballpark Estimate (2-2-2), Saving Quads (2-3-1), and Petaflops (1-5).

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Slow Down Near Building 37 Repairs; Pedestrian Detour in Place

To ensure safety, drivers are reminded to slow their speed in this area of Lawrence Road, and pedestrians must use a detour. Work will continue through mid-September.

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Chu Road Reduced to One Lane Tomorrow

Chu road will be reduced to one lane tomorrow (August 1), between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., to accommodate CRT construction. Flaggers will manage traffic flow. Drivers and cyclists are encouraged to use Grizzly or Strawberry Gates to enter the Lab during this time.

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Throwback Thursday…Mobile Atmospheric Research Circa 1981

Craig Hollowell and Greg Traynor prepare the Mobile Atmospheric Research Lab to study air pollution in 1981. This photo and many other Lab images are featured on the Lab’s Instagram account. Go here to check them out.

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Foundry Helps Researchers Target Embryonic Stem Cell Sugars

Working at the Molecular Foundry, scientists from UC San Diego created a molecular mimic of the sugar-decorated proteins that help mouse embryonic stem cells develop into nerve cells. The goal is to better understand how cell surface sugars influence stem cell differentiation into specific cell types. More>

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EETD’s Max Sherman Answers Summer Energy Questions for DOE

As part of DOE’s #AskEnergySaver series, Sherman fields inquiries from folks across the country who want to know how to efficiently cool their homes during summer’s sultry weather. More>

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New Website Will Help Staff Track Their Lab Training

On August 5, a new central training website — Berkeley Lab Training — will allow staff to access their training profiles, a list of all training courses available, a comprehensive course calendar, and overview of the types of training available. Go here to watch an overview video. Contact James Basore for more information.

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Repair Work to Affect Traffic, Parking Near Building 37

Emergency repairs to the Building 37 cooling tower will require lane adjustments on Lawrence Road in that area through mid-September. Parking on Lawrence across from Buildings 34 and 37 will be closed and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. Use caution in this area. Contact Mike Hudson (x7144) for more information.

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