Alivisatos accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Oak Ridge National Lab, receiving a dousing by Nobelist Saul Perlmutter and cancer researcher Mina Bissell, who used SF Bay water in deference to California’s drought. Lab researchers have contributed to the science of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.The director then challenged Steve Chu, AAAS CEO Alan Leshner, and White House science advisor John Holdren.
Shots of deep space were taken with a 570-megapixel camera mounted on the Victor M. Blanco Telescope in Chile. The camera will be used over the survey’s five-year mission to investigate dark energy and its impact of our universe. Berkeley Lab is a founding member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration. More>
Scientists have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The research confirms that helium nanodroplets are in fact the smallest possible superfluidic objects and opens new avenues for studying quantum rotation. More>
The award was conferred at the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Lab was cited for “four decades of leadership of leadership in R&D, helping to improve building technology and systems in collaboration with industry and state.” More>
LabTech — the Lab’s annual computing conference produced for and by staff — includes morning seminars, keynote address, afternoon lightning rounds, demonstration tables, lunch, snacks, and more. Sessions cover topics ranging from scientific computing and data management, to collaboration and productivity. More>
Safety is an ongoing mission at the Lab, and workers who demonstrate exemplary safety behavior can be recognized for their efforts. Know a Lab worker who has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure safe conditions for others? He or she may be eligible for a Safety Spot Award, which can include a monetary award to qualified employees. More>
Mike Murray of Chart Incorporated (affiliated with Praxair, the Lab’s cryogenic liquid supplier) will present a seminar on cryogenic liquid cylinder handling on August 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. He will provide practical information that will help users better understand how to safely and efficiently operate liquid cryogen cylinders.