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Archives for October 2014

What’s in a (Supercomputer) Name? Katie Antypas Finds Out

Katie Antypas describes how a computer system named after an African-American scientist made a big difference on one NERSC tour she gave. Read her story in the latest in the Panorama series of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. More>

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Lord of the Microrings: A Breakthrough in Microring Laser Cavities

Materials Sciences Division Director Xiang Zhang led the development of a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing on demand even from a conventional multi-mode laser cavity. This could impact a optoelectronic applications including metrology and interferometry, data storage, and high-resolution spectroscopy. More>

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Lab Technology Brings Grandfather’s Voice, War Stories Back to Life

Matt Skryja never thought he’d hear his grandfather’s voice again. But thanks to technology developed at Berkeley Lab, preservations were able to piece together shattered records that enabled him to listen to how young his Grandpa’s voice sounded like in 1944 and hear stories from when his grandfather was a lieutenant during WWII. More>

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KQED Profiles Lab’s Solar Fridge Vaccine Project

Vaccine delivery is a major problem due to the absence of reliable refrigeration in many remote countries. Lab scientists have developed a portable solar-powered vaccine fridge that can be transported by bicycle or motorcycle to remote areas of the developing world. More>

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DOE’s Lab-Corps Program Helps Labs Accelerate Tech to Market

The $2.3 million pilot program will accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies the National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector. More>

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Ebola is Topic of Nano*High Talk on Nov. 1

High school-age children are invited to attend a talk on Ebola by Donald Francis, an infectious disease expert who formerly worked for the Centers for Disease Control. The event takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in 1 Pimentel Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants

By manipulating a plant’s metabolic pathways, JBEI’s Henrik Scheller and Dominique Loqué, have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression, while at the same time boosting expression to very high levels. More>

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Nominees Sought for 2014 R&D100 Awards

The competition seeks developed technologies with concrete performance data and/or a prototype, and first available for licensing or purchase in 2014. Contact Suzanne Storar (x4306) by Nov. 5 with proposed nominees or questions. The Lab’s past R&D 100 award winners are listed here. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 25; Resources Available to Assist

Updates include new videos that explain benefits, rising supplemental disability costs for shorter waiting periods, and Western Health Advantage expansion in northern California. Open Enrollment continues through. Nov. 25.

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Oct. 30 Earth Sciences Talk on Microbial Element Cycling

The Distinguished Scientist Seminar features Marc Strous of the University of Calgary, who will speak on “Microbial Element Cycling: The Big Picture,” at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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