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Archives for May 2016

New Path Forward for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries

A team led by Gerbrand Ceder of the Materials Sciences Division has made a major advance in understanding the chemical processes in “lithium-rich cathodes,” which hold promise for a higher energy lithium-ion battery. The study was published in Nature Chemistry, and the team included Dong-Hwa Seo, Jinhyuk Lee, and Alexander Urban. More>

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Lab’s Spencer Klein Encourages Investment in Neutrino Astronomy

In a commentary for Nature, Klein (Nuclear Science Division) calls for bigger telescope arrays to catch particles form the most energetic places in the Universe. “Designs for neutrino telescopes are on the drawing board and could be up and running in five to ten years — if the astro-, particle- and nuclear-physics communities can come together and coordinate funding,” he says.

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ETA’s Lucas, KPIX News Test Car Seats for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The local news station and combustion scientist Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area ignited car seats to test how those treated with flame retardant chemicals compared with so-called “green seats” that used wool. The green seat provided about the same amount of protection, but without the chemicals, which have been shown to be harmful. More>

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Lab’s Grażyna Odyniec Receives Wybitny Polak Award

The award is given by the Foundation Teraz Polska to outstanding Poles living abroad in recognition of their professional achievements and promoting a positive image of Poland. Odyniec, of the Nuclear Science Division, was recognized in the science category. More>

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Computing Sciences Summer Student Program Launches; Includes Lectures

The 12-week program provides students with an opportunity to work on projects in computational research, high-performance computing, high-speed networking, or a collaboration of each, under the guidance of staff. Students are also invited to attend lunchtime talks that cover a wide-range of Lab research. More>

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June 7 Screening of Documentary on Famed Brain Researcher Marian Diamond

The film, “My Love Affair With the Brain,” will be shown at noon on Tuesday, June 7, in the Building 50 Auditorium. ETA’s Rick Diamond, son of Marian Diamond, will host a brief Q&A after the screening. The event is hosted by the Women Scientists and Engineers Council, the Energy Technologies Area, and the Diversity and Inclusion Office. Go here to view a trailer.

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Local Second Graders Learn About Computers During Recent Visit

The IT Division hosted students from LeConte Elementary School in Berkeley. The kids learned about computer software, hardware, and networking, through various hands-on activities. Among the volunteer mentors was IT’s Tammy Campbell (pictured). The annual event aims to motivate youngsters to pursue their interest and education in IT and computing.

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Lab Participates in Clean Energy Ministerial Showcase June 1-2

The event will feature nearly 100 innovative companies and technologies in San Francisco’s Union Square. The Lab’s booth includes energy integration demos, including control system sequencing, interoperability, and model predictive control across buildings and transport. Also scheduled is a STEM teacher training, Science at the Theater, and tours of the Lab and JBEI. More>

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Upgraded PIP-II RFQ Successfully Takes First Beam

In March, Fermilab successfully sent beam through a newly commissioned linear accelerator. The brand new radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) linac, designed and built by a team of engineers and physicists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be the start for a proposed upgrade to Fermilab’s 800-MeV superconducting linear accelerator. More>

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A Day in the Life of Intern Matus Kvietok Documented in Instagram Takeover

Kvietok, working in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Areas, isolates, grows, tests and characterizes different gut microbes from soil arthropods, with the goal of identifying useful biochemical processes. Check out what he does, how and where he does it, who he works with, and other facets of his daily life at Berkeley Lab here.

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