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Archives for December 2015

Winners of Photo Club’s ‘Anything Holiday’ Contest Selected

Winners are John Christensen (EEAS), Quang Le (EHS), Jill Eymann (ALS), and Karen Lingua (OCFO). Go here to view the winning images and for more on the Photo Club.

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New Hybrid Electrolyte for Solid-State Lithium Batteries

Lab battery scientist Nitash Balsara, along with Irune Villaluenga, Kevin Wujcik, Wei Tong, and Didier Devaux, have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes. More>

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The First Steps in Assembly of Bacterial Microcompartments is Revealed

Scientists have for the first time viewed how bacterial proteins self-assemble into thin sheets and begin to form the walls of the outer shell for nano-sized polyhedral compartments that function as specialized factories. The research may eventually help improve drug delivery systems. More>

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Cool Roofs in China Offer Enhanced Benefits During Heat Waves

It is well established that white roofs can mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun’s energy back into space and reducing a city’s temperature. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, Lab researchers Dev Millstein, Ronnen Levinson, and Pablo Rosado working with Chinese scientists found that during a heat wave, the effect is significantly more pronounced. More>

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Lab’s Dáithí Stone Comments on Recent Paris Climate Agreement

Carbon Brief — a website dedicated to analysis and fact checking of energy policy and climate science — spoke to a number of prominent scientists at last week’s American Geophysical Union’s meeting to get their thoughts on the new Paris climate agreement, including Dáithí Stone of the Computational Research Division.

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Diversity Makes You Brighter

Two researchers reported in a New York Times editorial: “By disrupting conformity, racial and ethnic diversity prompts people to scrutinize facts, think more deeply and develop their own opinions. When surrounded by people ‘like ourselves,’ we are easily influenced, more likely to fall for wrong ideas. Diversity prompts better, critical thinking.”

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A Time-Lapsed Day in the Life of EESA’s AGU Booth

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area booth saw a lot of action at last week’s annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, evidenced by this time-lapse video, created from a GoPro camera mounted above the booth. EESA ALD Susan Hubbard conducted a Twitter chat at the booth. Go here to view questions received and Hubbard’s answers.

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Glimpse of Possible New Particle Intrigues Physicists

Scientists working on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider are investigating a phenomenon they sighted, which, if born out, could be an entirely new fundamental particle. Lab physicist Yasunori Nomura theorizes that the unusual double flash the CERN scientists glimpsed could be explained by a “glueball,” a collection of analogues to a gluon. More>

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WSEC’s Networking Forum Featured Gingerbread Construction Projects

Attendees at the Dec. 15 Women Scientists and Engineers Council gathering created gingerbread sculptures, with awards going to most original (pictured), difficulty of design, and most representative of the Lab. More>

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Lab Holiday Shutdown is Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

The Facilities Division offers guidelines on saving energy during the break, as well as details on available services — such as mail delivery, shuttle buses, and the Guest House — and information on work scheduled during the shutdown. More>

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