Today at Berkeley Lab

Research Shows Trees Sweat to Keep Cool

As the planet warms, many trees may be unable to cope with the heat and could die off. But researchers have found that at least one species of Eucalyptus can withstand extreme heat by “sweating.” Scientists, including Trevor Keenan of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, say this discovery is an encouraging development. More>

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Daughters and Sons Visit Lab Today; Check Out Energy Innovation Gallery

The youngsters will be treated to numerous activities at locales around the Lab. Drive extra cautiously in areas where you see children. The event also features an Energy Innovation Gallery in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130), which features Lab technologies, tools, and inventions; Lab staff are invited to stop by from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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BLIC Hosts April 24 Elevator Pitch Contest

Entrepreneur and Cleantech Open West Academy pitch coach Christina Ellwood will provide insightful feedback on elevator pitches from seven Lab researchers at the next Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) event, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). Audience members can vote for their top pitch, and If time allows, they can also try out their own pitches.

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Earth Month: April 19 Screening of ‘WASTED!”

Are you aware that nearly 40% of food in the U.S. is thrown away? Did you know that the Lab and the University of California have a goal of zero waste by 2020? Come to the Lab’s screening of “Wasted!” and get inspired by delicious ways to tackle food waste. The screening runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. See more Earth Month events here.

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Lab’s Miquel Salmeron Explains Why Ice Is Slippery on Podcast

Miquel Salmeron, with the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, provides some answers to this centuries-old scientific debate on a recent episode of the “Every Little Thing” podcast. The program is a factual answering service, specializing in small questions. Another expert’s answer to the question “How are underwater tunnels built?” is included in the same episode as Salmeron’s answer. More>

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Photo Taken Near Cafeteria Captures Beautiful Cloud Formations

While the weather has been unsettled these past few days, with hailstorms and pouring rain, one aesthetic byproduct is the formation of beautiful clouds over the Bay. Strategic Communications’ Kelly Owen recently caught this gorgeous sight. Could they be some nimbostratus combined with cumulonimbus? (Editor’s note…I really don’t know clouds at all!)

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Valleytronics Discovery Could Pack More Power Into Future Microchips

Research recently published in Nature Communications finds useful new information-handling potential in samples of tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a candidate “valleytronics” transistor material that might one day enable chipmakers to pack more computing power onto microchips. More>

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Modeling Energy Efficiency Block by Block in Cities

Evaluating buildings as a group, rather than individually, can help optimize energy savings in cities. To aid this effort, the Energy Technologies Area’s Tianzhen Hong has introduced CityBES, a data and computing platform that can assess energy efficient retrofits for sets of properties and visualize their performance. He recently assessed 940 buildings in San Francisco. More>

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Researchers Develop Platform for Hosting Science Data Analytics Competitions

The National Nuclear Security Administration is hosting a competition to find innovative algorithms to detect non-natural radiation sources in urban environments. They’ve teamed up with researchers in the Lab’s Computational Research, Nuclear Science, and Information Technology divisions to build a Kaggle-inspired data analytics competition platform to host it. More>

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Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair Takes Place April 26

The fair — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cafeteria parking lot — features info on hearing conservation, bicycle safety, and HR disability benefits, as well activities like simulated fire evacuations from the “Smokehouse,” and UC Berkeley’s bomb truck demos. The Bay View Café will offer a BBQ lunch, and attendees can enter a raffle to win an emergency backpack or radio. More>

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