Today at Berkeley Lab

Advanced Light Source, Foundry to Play Role in 2 New NSF-Funded Centers

The National Science Foundation’s five-year awards for Science and Technology Centers include a Center for Bright Beams, to improve the production of ultra-bright electron beams, with the ALS’s Howard Padmore, and a Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging to improve nano- and atomic-scale imaging, with ALS’s Roger Falcone and the Foundry’s Andy Minor and other Lab researchers. More>

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A Conscious Coupling of Magnetic and Electric Materials

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Cornell University have successfully paired ferroelectric and ferrimagnetic materials so that their alignment can be controlled with a small electric field at near room temperatures. The achievement could open doors to ultra low-power microprocessors, storage devices and next-generation electronics. More>

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ALS Postdoc Ruimin Qiao Wins Science Slam

The joint ALS/Molecular Foundry Postdoc Science Slam took place Sept. 20 as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The entrants had only three minutes to explain their research. The audience selected ALS postdoc Ruimin Qiao as the overall winner with her talk on “Shining Light on Battery Research.” More>

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A Surface Treatment for Improving Fuel-Cell Cathodes

Solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are a promising path toward the “clean” conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy with little or no carbon dioxide emission. With the help of the Advanced Light Source, researchers from MIT recently found a way to treat SOFC cathode surfaces so that they perform better and last longer. More>

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Advanced Light Source Brightness Improvement Team Wins DOE Achievement Award

The ALS Brightness Improvement Team have been recognized by the DOE with a Secretary of Energy Achievement Award. The four-year, $5.8 million project was the largest upgrade of the ALS storage ring in its history, and was completed under budget and months ahead of schedule. More>

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Scientists Gather at Lab to Study Secrets of Plants’ Plumbing

To resolve open questions about plant plumbing — how plants transport water from roots through stems and how they respond to stress such as drought — science teams from around the world met Sept. 1 to 3 at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley for an intensive round of experiments using X-rays and other techniques. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar on Sept. 13 Featuring NASA Astronaut Stan Love

On Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar on “Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization” by NASA astronaut Stanley Love. More>

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Researchers Peel Back Another Layer of Chemistry with ‘Tender’ X-Rays

Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry, which forms in a narrow band where liquid meets solid, thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit developed at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Sept. 12-14 Workshop on Control Systems for X-Ray Light Sources

The “Control Systems for Next Generation Experiment Control at X-Ray Light Sources” workshop will bring together scientists/engineers to learn the current trends and future directions in control system software and hardware. More>

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New Technique Produces SHARP 3-D Images

A revolutionary X-ray imaging technique known as SHARP (Scalable Heterogeneous Adaptive Real-time Ptychography) combines diffraction and microscopy with applied mathematics and supercomputing to quickly turn high-throughput datasets into the sharpest 3-D images ever produced. More>

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