Today at Berkeley Lab

A Cage Made of Proteins, Designed With Help From the ALS

With help from the SIBYLS beamline at the Advanced Light Source, UCLA scientists recently designed a cage made of proteins that could lead to new biomaterials. The beamline helped the scientists efficiently and quickly understand the assembly process of the protein structures. More>

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A ‘Celebration of Life’ Event for ALS Retiree Bob Miller

The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Albany Tap Room. Miller, who passed away in October, was a long-time Lab employee and Advanced Light Source staff member. He retired from the Lab in 2000. Contact Gerard Menut for more information. Go here for a remembrance of Miller.

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ALS’s Alan Biocca Builds His Own E-Bikes for Commuting to Work

Ascending the steep climb of Centennial Drive has tested his designs, but instead of being frustrated, Biocca enjoys the engineering challenge and opportunity to fine-tune his bikes. An electronics enthusiast from an early age, Biocca is also a Ham radio operator. More>

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A Spooky Halloween at the Lab

Several groups got into the spirit of the holiday and dressed up for work, including the Advanced Light Source, the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and the Physical Biosciences Division. Go here to watch a scary Halloween dance performance at the ALS.

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Solar Eclipse as Viewed From the Advanced Light Source

The ALS patio is a great place to take photos of the Bay, but it’s also a choice spot for capturing celestial events. Public Affair’s Kelly Owen took this shot during the solar eclipse last week, on Oct. 23. She heard a nearby plane and waited patiently, hoping it would cross in front of the sun.
Though the pilot didn’t hear her plea, their course still created a dramatic shot.

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$5M From HHMI to Fund New Microfocus Crystallography Beamline

The Berkeley Center for Structural Biology has helped hundreds of crystallographers determine the structures of proteins. A $5 million pledge from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will enable the construction and support of a cutting-edge microfocus macromolecular crystallography beamline. More>

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ALS Hosts Lab-Wide Halloween Costume Party on Oct. 31

The event, “Nightmare on Cyclotron Road,” takes place at noon on the Advanced Light Source patio and includes a costume contest ($5 entry fee). Cash prizes will be awarded for scariest/best costume. Contact Giselle Jiles to enter the contest. Bring treats to share. Go here to download a poster.

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Charles Fadley Receives David A. Shirley Award

Fadley has received the award for outstanding scientific achievement at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). The award was presented by the ALS Users Executive Committee in recognition of significant contributions to a better understanding of surfaces and interfaces through the development of novel x-ray photoemission spectroscopy techniques.

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Study Sheds New Light on Why Batteries Go Bad

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated. More>

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Space Dust Analysis Could Provide Clues to Solar System Origins

New studies of space dust captured by NASA’s Stardust Interstellar Dust Collector have shown that interstellar particles may be much more complex in structure and composition than previously thought. ­The tiny particles could give scientists chemical clues about the origins of our solar system. More>

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