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Archives for May 2015

Building A Next-Generation Dark Energy Instrument

Berkeley Lab’s Michael Levi is quoted in a story about Fermilab’s contributions to the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument. DESI, which will produce the most extensive 3D map of the universe, is managed by Berkeley Lab and is on track for first light in 2018. More>

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Characterizing Permafrost Microbes in a Changing Climate

Thawing permafrost converts organic matter into C02, which creates challenges in the effort to curb climate change. Joint Genome Scientists have reported on the application of multiple molecular technologies collectively referred to as “omics,” to better characterize microbial activities involved in this conversion. More>

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PBD’s Jennifer Doudna Honored by Princess of Asturias Foundation

Physical bioscientist Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier of Hannover Medical School have received the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. Their CRISPR/Cas9 system enables the genome to be rewritten and defective genes to be corrected very economically with an unprecedented level of precision. More>

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Registration Open for Molecular Foundry User Meeting

The event takes place August 20-21 and is open to researchers from academia, industry, and government labs and includes keynote and contributed talks, poster session, and vendor fair. Topics for breakout talks include soft matter assembly and dynamics, brain imaging and optical manipulation, and SAXS-WAXS for nanomaterials. More>

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How to Properly Dispose of Batteries

The Lab provides green battery buckets for disposing certain types of batteries, such as D-cell, AAA-cell, lead acid and lithium ion to name a few. As a reminder, these battery buckets are for batteries only, so please do not use these for disposing other types of waste. More>

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Lab Scientist Invents New Technique to Understand Cloud Behavior

With two off-the-shelf cameras David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before. Romps hopes his stereophotogrammetry technique will shed new light on cloud behavior and thus allow scientists to improve global climate models. More>

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Chu Hall Opens, Enhancing Lab’s Energy Research

The Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), renamed Chu Hall, has opened at Berkeley Lab. It will house laboratories and offices devoted to the study of photovoltaic and electro-chemical solar energy systems. The building houses programs for the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute. More>

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In Memoriam: Judith (Judy) Goldhaber

Judith (Judy) Goldhaber, author of more than 1,000 science stories during her 35-year career as a science writer at Berkeley Lab, and wife of renowned physicist Gerson Goldhaber, passed away on May 26, following a hemorrhagic stroke. She was 81. More>

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PBD Scientists Expand the Reach of X-ray Scattering Experiments

In a recent study, Erik Malmerberg, Cheryl Kerfeld, and Peter Zwart explored the nature of fluctuation X-ray scattering data and their properties. This technique can provide structural information in biology, materials science, and the energy sciences, lending insight into the understanding of matter. More>

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CRD’s Patterson Honored for Technology That Enabled Personal Computing

David Patterson was recognized for his participation in the seminal 1981 development of Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), technology that revolutionized the way microprocessors function. The change would eventually enable personal workstations and later mobile computing. More>

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