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Archives for August 2014

MSD Director Xiang Zhang Wins 2014 ASME Fitzroy Medal

Materials scientist was cited for his “pioneering contributions in metamaterials and the creation of the first optical superlens to overcome the fundamental diffraction limit in imaging; and for the invention of plasmonic lithography technology that enabled nanoscale manufacturing, which is important for microelectronics and data storage applications.” More>

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Going to Extremes for Enzymes

In the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, chemist Douglas Clark of the Physical Biosciences Division prospects for extremophilic microbes and engineers cellulases of his own. More>

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In Memoriam: Retired Chemist Robert Connick (1917-2014)

Hired by UC Berkeley in 1943, he worked on the Manhattan Project, studying the chemistry of plutonium and devising separation techniques. In 1974 he became a principal investigator at Berkeley Lab, retiring in 1988. More>

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Zombie Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

EETD’s Bill Tschudi is quoted in a National Geographic story about a recent study that shows up to 30 percent of the nation’s 12 million data center machines are drawing power without actually doing anything. More>

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Jeanette Brown Talk on ‘My Life as a Chemist’ Available on Video

The author of “African American Women Chemists” presented a talk on August 18 as part of the Lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. She described her life in science and how research was conducted before computers. More>

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Work on Lawrence Road to Affect Traffic Through September

The replacement of sewer piping will require lane closures on Lawrence Road near Building 61. Flaggers will be in place during this month-long project to control the flow of traffic. Vehicles and pedestrians should use caution in this area.

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Roadway Between Building 6 and 37 Closed on Tuesday

Closure will continue through 4 p.m. The roadway between Building 6 and 34 will be open to two-way traffic during closure to allow access to Buildings 6, 15, 80, and 2. Parking will be blocked off in this area.

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Ramamoorthy Ramesh Named ALD for Energy Technologies

The Lab researcher and current Oak Ridge deputy director has been named the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies. The newly created position has lab-wide responsibility for accelerating the translation of basic and applied research results into real world energy applications. The appointment is effective on Sept. 2. More>

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Encyclopedia of How Genomes Function Gets Much Bigger

A big step in understanding the mysteries of the human genome was unveiled in the form of three analyses that provide the most detailed comparison yet of how the genomes of the fruit fly, roundworm, and humans function. The results add billions of entries to a publicly available archive of functional genomic data. Scientists can use this resource to discover common features that apply to all organisms. More>

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Iron is Key to Preserving Dinosaur Soft Tissue

Researchers studying organic material from dinosaur bones have shown that the organic material in the samples contained original soft tissue material from Mesozoic dinosaurs. The x-ray techniques at the ALS were key to showing a possible mechanism for this unexpected preservation. More>

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