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ALS Upgrade LDRD Workshop on Jan 27

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in 15-253, a workshop will be held on the Advanced Light Source Upgrade Lab-wide LDRD initiative. Attendees from across the lab are welcome to attend the workshop to learn about the science that will be made possible by a brighter, more coherent soft x-ray light source. More>

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An Evolutionary Arms Race for Sulfur

Recent work at the ALS shows that the viruses infecting sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in the deep sea carry bacterial genes for the oxidation of elemental sulfur. Although the viruses themselves cannot use the sulfur, they likely supplement bacterial sulfur oxidation and then exploit the generated energy for viral replication. More>

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From CO2 to Methanol via Novel Nanocatalysts

Researchers have found novel nanocatalysts that lower the barrier to converting carbon dioxide–an abundant greenhouse gas–into methanol–a key commodity used to produce numerous industrial chemicals and fuels. In one case, it worked almost 90 times faster than catalysts commonly used for this reaction today. More>

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Switching to Spintronics

ALD for Energy Technologies Ramamoorthy Ramesh led a study in which the application of an electric field at room temperature reversed the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device. This points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper methods of storing and processing data. More>

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Back to Future with Roman Architectural Concrete

UC Berkeley’s Marie Jackson led a key discovery at the Advanced Light Source about Roman architectural concrete that has stood the test of time for nearly two thousand years. Volcanic ash-lime mortar resistant to microcracking is the key to the longevity of the concrete, which was made from coarse chunks of volcanic tuff and brick. More>

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A Better Look at the Chemistry of Interfaces

Materials scientist Chuck Fadley and chemical scientist Hendrik Bluhm developed a new X-ray spectroscopy technique called SWAPPS. This new technique provides sub-nanometer resolution of every chemical element found at heterogeneous interfaces, such as those in batteries, fuel cells and other devices. More>

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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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