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Archives for August 2015

An Emerging Challenge to Science’s Credibility

A key feature of science is the ability to reproduce experiments, checking another group’s work by using its materials and following its methods then comparing the results. But worries have grown that many nonreproducible results are working their way into the scientific literature. Berkeley Lab life scientist Mina Bissell is quoted in the article. More>

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First Public Resource for Secondary Metabolites Searches

This public database allows researchers to more efficiently harness the genomic data generated by advanced sequencing technologies to identify novel small molecules relevant to DOE missions in bioenergy and environment. More>

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Project Management Certification Study Group Starts Sept. 11

Those interested in pursuing the Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification are invited to join a study group from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays starting Sept. 11 through October. For information, or to participate, contact Kem Robinson. More>

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Gaming Computers Offer Huge, Untapped Energy Savings Potential

In the first study of its kind, the Lab’s Evan Mills co-authored an investigation of the aggregate global energy use of personal computers designed for gaming and found gamers can achieve energy savings of more than 75 percent by changing some settings and swapping out some components, while also improving reliability and performance. More>

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Patrick Huck, Derun Li Win Lab Tennis Tournament

Huck (ETA) and Li (ATAP) took home the top prize, followed closely by Sean Nord and Man-Hong Wong (both with the ALS). The event took place August 25 and 26 at the Davie Tennis Stadium in Piedmont. Those interested in learning more about the Lab Tennis Club can contact Joe Harkins (x7486) or Csaba Toth (x5338).

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Soaking Up Carbon Dioxide and Turning it into Valuable Products

Chris Chang (Chemical Sciences) and Omar Yaghi (Materials Sciences) led a study in which covalent organic frameworks were embedded with cobalt porphyrins to produce a molecular system that that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to carbon monoxide, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products. More>

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ARPA-E Grants for Solar Technologies Announced at Clean Energy Summit

Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and Noah Bronstein (Materials Sciences) were part of a multi-institutional team that will receive a $3 million grant for the development of a micro-optical tandem luminescent solar concentrator. More>

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Take the DOE Solar IQ Test

Which state generate the most utility-scale solar power? Who discovered the photovoltaic effect? How many mirrors are used at the world’s largest solar power facility? Try to answer these and other inquiries to test your solar power knowledge. More>

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Cellular Contamination Pathway for Plutonium, Other Elements, Identified

A team led by Rebecca Abergel working at the ALS reports a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. The results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More>

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Berkeley Lab Teams Ace I-Corps

The teams aced the Bay Area Regional NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) summer session. I-Corps educates researchers and entrepreneurs in technology-to-customer pathways. The teams — Sepion (People’s Choice Award winner), FutureBio (Trailblazer Award winner), and MvT-Omics (pictured) — are ready to advance their technology solutions. More>

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