Today at Berkeley Lab

Space Exploration: The Future is Now

The Lab’s David Bailey co-wrote an opinion piece for the Huffington Post on the future of space travel, including nanocraft to explore Alpha Centauri, plans for forming a Mars colony, and advanced propulsion technology, and the impact these developments may have on Fermi’s paradox. More>

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CRD’s Xiaoye ‘Sherry’ Li Named 2016 SIAM Fellow

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics recognized Li for advances in the development of fast and scalable sparse matrix algorithms and fostering their use in large-scale scientific and engineering applications. More>

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Lab Scientists Contribute to NAS Report on Extreme Weather and Climate

Scientists in the Lab’s CASCADE project contributed to a National Academy of Sciences report on “Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change.” Chris Paciorek (EEAS) is a committee member on the report. Michael Wehner and Daithi Stone (both with CRD) participated in a workshop that contributed to the report. More>

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Tool Developed to Help Manage Deluge of ATLAS Data

Researchers working on ATLAS, one of the largest experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, have benefited from an updated workflow management tool developed by computing’s Paolo Calafiura and Vakhtang Tsulaia of the Physics Division. More>

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Exploring the Dark Universe with Supercomputers

A recent Symmetry Magazine article turned to Peter Nugent of the Computational Research Division’s Computational Cosmology Center for insight into the part computing plays in the search for dark energy. More>

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Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

The past century has seen an increase in global temperatures and, according to the IPCC, the overwhelming source is human activities. But what precise fraction can be attributed to human influences, rather than natural climate fluctuations? A novel methodology for answering this question has now been developed. More>

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Lab Employees Participate in ‘Black Girls CODE’ Robot Expo

Last month, CRD’s Dani Ushizima (left) and Laleh Coté (Workforce Development & Education) joined forces with Black Girls CODE to support 214 girls of color (ages 7-17) at the Robot Expo. The girls participated in hands-on activities on robotics, heard from from STEM professionals, and learned about applications and uses for robots.

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Lab’s Dáithí Stone Comments on Recent Paris Climate Agreement

Carbon Brief — a website dedicated to analysis and fact checking of energy policy and climate science — spoke to a number of prominent scientists at last week’s American Geophysical Union’s meeting to get their thoughts on the new Paris climate agreement, including Dáithí Stone of the Computational Research Division.

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Lab Well Represented at 2015 AGU Meeting

Among the nearly 24,000 attendees expected at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this week are scientists from the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, the Computational Research Division, and the Energy Technologies Area, presenting on such topics as Arctic permafrost and climate modeling. Visit EESA’s booth #1005. More>

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Computing’s Demmel Named as AAAS Fellow

James Demmel of the Computational Research Division is among 347 new fellows named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Demmel was cited for his distinguished contributions to the theory and practice of numerical linear algebra, especially for innovative approaches in parallel computing. More>

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