Today at Berkeley Lab

What Is It? See if You Can Guess What This Photo Depicts

Give up? You’re looking down at the floor of the Advanced Light Source through a carbon-fiber monopod instrument mount. Visit the Lab’s Facebook page for more fun facts and updates.

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ALS, Foundry Help Company Create ‘Finest Metrology Tool in the World’

A collaboration between Bay Area company aBeam Technologies, the Advanced Light Source, and the Molecular Foundry is bringing cutting-edge metrology instrumentation to the semiconductor market, which will enable a new level of quality control. More>

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A New Pathway for Radionuclide Uptake

Scientists have reported a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. More>

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Volunteer for Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

The Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting the annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on Saturday, April 23. Over 200 kids and troop leaders will visit the Lab. Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the activities on the event day. Volunteers can register here, or contact Alan Poon (x2467).

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Feb. 3 ALS Upgrade LDRD Workshop

A workshop on the FY17 Call for LDRD proposals for the Advanced Light Source Upgrade (ALS-U) Lab-initiative track for Energy Sciences will be held this Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Building 15-253. Researchers are welcome to attend and learn about the progress that has been made in existing projects, and explore collaborative opportunities with new proposal teams.

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Big Moves in Protein Structure Prediction and Design

The potential of modular design for brand new proteins that do not yet exist in the natural world are the latest in a recent series of developments toward custom-designing proteins. Scientists with the University of Washington used the Advanced Light Source for some of their research. More>

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Lab-Developed Beamline Tool Licensed

A diode beamstop technology for real time X-ray beam intensity measurement, developed by Diane Bryant and Simon Morton at the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology, was licensed to MiTeGen, which will commercialize a product to enhance X-ray beamlines used for pharma, materials, and biotech research. The Innovation and Partnerships Office managed the licensing process. More>

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Watching a Liquid-Crystal Helix Unwind

For the first time, researchers have directly measured the helical pitch of twisted liquid crystals composed of achiral bent-core molecules. The work opens the door to understanding the interplay between structure and property in important organic materials, including liquid crystals, lipid tubules, and peptoids. More>

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Physics World Names Weyl Fermion Research as a ‘Top Ten Breakthrough of 2015’

Zahid Hasan an Advanced Light Source user is one of three physicists whose efforts to observe Weyl fermions, an elusive massless particle theorized 85 years ago. Weyl fermions have been regarded as possible building blocks of other subatomic particles. The top 10 were chosen by a panel of Physics World editors and reporters. More>

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ALS Helps Shed Light on Why Brain Responds to Dopamine and Serotonin

Scientists working at the ALS recently solved the crystallographic structures of several amine transporters in an effort to better understand why the human brain responds to chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. Their findings will help design drugs to treat neurological diseases and may also lead to a better understanding of how drug addiction can be managed. More>

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