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Curriculum Development Hackathon for Jupyter Notebooks Jan. 9 to 11

Data Carpentry is organizing a three-day, hands-on hackathon aimed at developing, and later teaching, a short-course curriculum on using Jupyter notebooks for reproducible research practices. The event will be held Jan. 9 to 11 at the UC Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS). More>

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Managing Tsunami of Data Generated by Global Brain Initiative

Since the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative, researchers have developed tools to explore the brain’s processes. But without a strategy to analyze, manage, and understand the data generated by these new technologies, advancements will be limited. The Lab’s Kristofer Bouchard assembled a team to help tackle this issue. More>

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Cori Supercomputer is Fifth on List of World’s Fastest Machines

When the 48th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers was unveiled at SC16, NERSC’s Cori system debuted in the number five position with a Linpack rating of 14.0 petaflops. Go here for more on the Lab’s participation in SC16.

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Celeste Enhancements Create New Opportunities in Sky Surveys

Celeste, a statistical analysis model designed to enhance sky surveys has gotten a major upgrade that dramatically scales up the process of cataloging astronomical objects. The Celeste code implements statistical inference to build a fully generative model to mathematically locate and characterize light sources in the sky. More>

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Lab Receives Five R&D 100 Awards for Environmental, Battery, and X-Ray Technologies

They include Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Toolset, Compact Dynamic Beamstop (CDBS), Cool Roof Time Machine, Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM) Membrane for Long-Lived Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) Batteries, and Sustainable, Affordable Fluoride Removal (SAFR). More>

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Lab Collaboration Enhances Optical Chip Design Process

Computer scientists and mathematicians from the Lab’s Computing Sciences area worked with engineers at Ciena, a leading networking company, to dramatically improve design cycle times for future high-speed optical networking components. More>

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Oct. 24 Presentation on Improving Access for All

Berkeley Lab All Access hosts a conversation between Sandia computer scientist Jeanine Cook and Jon Bashor (Computing Sciences) as part of the Lab’s Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. An engaging and humorous speaker, Cook will discuss how one determined disabled woman does her best to plow through obstacles, both accidental and intentional, and how people can help each other. More>

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Brain Modulyzer Provides Interactive Window Into the Brain

For the first time, a new tool developed at Berkeley Lab allows researchers to interactively explore the hierarchical processes that happen in the brain when it is resting or performing tasks. Scientists also hope that the tool can shed some light on how neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s spread throughout the brain. More>

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The Incredible Shrinking Particle Accelerator

Particle accelerators are on the verge of transformational breakthroughs — and advances in computing power and techniques are a big part of the reason. Accelerators occupy a lot of space and carry hefty price tags, but efforts are under way to make this technology more affordable and accessible by shrinking both the size and the cost without losing the capability. More>

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Scientific Diplomacy: Lab Hosts 2016 TechWomen

In September two researchers from Africa visited Berkeley Lab as part of the State Department’s TechWomen program — an international exchange that brings emerging women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S. More>

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