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Lab’s Ushizima to Speak on Machine Learning and Cancer Detection

Dani Ushizima — with the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) and the Computational Research Division’s Data Analytics and Visualization Group — has been invited to speak at the East Bay Biden Cancer Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 21. Ushizima will describe how she and other scientists are using machine learning to accelerate cancer detection.

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Scientists See Fingerprints of Climate Change All Over California’s Wildfires

Climate researchers and fire experts agree global warming is having an impact on wildfires. Michael Wehner of the Computational Research Division did a computation for the heat in California and concluded that 2 to 3 degrees of temperature increase could be chalked up to climate change. “When you’re really hot,” he said, “a little bit hotter makes it a lot worse in terms of human health and aggravating fire danger.” More>

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Lab-Developed Digital Library is a Game Changer for Environmental Research

ESS-DIVE is a new digital archive that serves as a repository for hundreds of DOE-funded research projects under the agency’s Environmental System Science umbrella, which includes the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research and Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences programs. The digital library was built by a collaboration of scientists from the Computational Research Division, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and NERSC. More>

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University of Puerto Rico Summer Students Apply Deep Learning to Structural Biology

Two computer/software engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico are spending their summer developing new deep learning methods in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Chemistry, Materials & Climate Group to address a grand challenge in structural biology: protein structure prediction. More>

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3D Localization of Nanoscale Battery Reactions

What stands in the way of batteries that last a week or charge in five minutes? Part of the answer lies in the chemical and structural changes that happen deep inside a battery during use. At the Advanced Light Source, a new tool combines ptychography, tomography, and spectroscopy, enabling scientists to pinpoint the locations of chemical reactions inside batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale. More>

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De Jong Named Electronic Structure Editor-in-Chief

Bert de Jong of the Computational Research Division was recently named a founding editor-in-chief for Electronic Structure, a new Institute of Physics scholarly journal. Electronic Structure will span chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science in both theory and experiment, representing the multidisciplinary nature of the field. Electronic Structure articles will be free to read through 2019. More>

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area and UC Berkeley are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via Science Search, a web-based search engine for scientific data that the Berkeley team is building. More>

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CRD, NERSC Staff Help Organize International Particle Tracking Competition

CRD and NERSC staff helped organize a new international physics challenge that will assist scientists searching for new particles in the flood of data generated by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The TrackML Particle Tracking Challenge asks scientists to build an algorithm that quickly reconstructs particle tracks from 3D points left in the silicon detectors at the LHC. More>

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Cosmic Microwave Whatnow?

Julian Borrill, who leads CRD’s Computational Cosmology Center, recently appeared as the “featured physicist” on the particle physics news site Interactions Collaboration. Borrill’s blog post explains the Cosmic Microwave Background and his work interpreting this faint echo of the Big Bang. More>

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Planck Collaboration Wins 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize

The Planck Team — which includes researchers in the Lab’s Computational Research and Physics divisions — has been awarded the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. The prize honors “groundbreaking work in the fields of cosmology, genetics, and neuroscience that inspires and enables fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture.” More>

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