Today at Berkeley Lab

‘Pandas: The Journey Home’ 3D Movie Now at Lawrence Hall of Science

Meet the cute and sometimes mischievous pandas at the Wolong Panda Center in China and discover the extraordinary efforts being made to secure the future of these gentle giants. Learn about panda behavior and habitats as you follow Tao and his panda friends on their journey from captivity into the wild. The 40-minute film is showing daily through June 12. More>

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Botanical Garden Offers Holiday Classes, Gifts, Discounted Memberships

Save 30% off of gift memberships from Dec. 9-18, learn how to create holiday wreaths and nature crafts, shop at at a holiday pop-up store in the beautifully restored Julia Morgan Hall. Click here for more details.

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Local Play Looks at Race Between Watson & Crick and Rosalind Franklin

“The Secret of Life” follows the ill-funded James Watson and Frances Crick in a scientific race of nerves, ingenuity and integrity against the more monied research of Rosalind Franklin at Kings College. The reward is nothing short of a Nobel Prize for defining the basic building blocks of life. See the play at the Berkeley City Club during December. More>

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Halloween and Science…a Spook-tacular Pairing

Symmetry Magazine offers instructions to create physics-themed jack-o-laterns (like Albert Frank-Einstein). The Department of Energy offers up templates for energy-themed pumpkins, such as CFL bulbs or wind turbines. And MSRI (located just above the Lab) is hosting a Halloween and science celebration for families on Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Pixar Director Discusses the Math and Science Behind the Studio’s Films

Danielle Feinberg will talk about a series of problems faced while making various Pixar films and how the Pixar animation scientists used math and science to save the day. The free event takes place Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Berkeley City College (2050 Center St.). More>

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Lab a Contender for ‘Coolest NorCal Lab’

Northern California national labs, including Berkeley Lab, participated in a #TwitterCageMatch on Friday, October 9, to duel it out for “Coolest NorCal Lab” bragging rights. The online event helped expose fans to Berkeley Lab’s exciting scientific research and some key milestones from its past. Go here to see how it unfolded.

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Lab Volunteers Help Spruce Up North Berkeley Senior Center

Seven employees spent the day painting, installing new ceiling tiles, and adhering window film to various windows, which will help create more comfortable conditions for staff and the seniors accessing support and services. The event was part of the Rebuilding Together East Bay program. Go here to see a list of volunteers.

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Botanical Garden Hosts Plant Sale on Sept. 27

The garden will offer numerous varieties from their extensive collection from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a particular focus on water-wise plants. Experts will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. Visitors are encouraged to bring their boxes and wagons to tote plants. More>

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Small Business Invited to Participate in National Lab Voucher Pilot

As part of EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative, the pilot aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to the market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at DOE’s national labs. More>

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Employees, Retirees Entertain Throngs at Recent Solano Stroll

Volunteers fielded questions and shared their knowledge of the Lab with hundreds of visitors who stopped by during the event. Staff from the Physical Sciences Division and the Joint Bioenergy Institute hosted a DIY fermentation project to helps explain the process of creating biofuels. Go here to see a list of volunteers.

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