Today at Berkeley Lab

DOE Explores Real Science Behind Hit Show ‘Stranger Things’

Actually, there is real, hard science behind the idea of extra dimensions that are explored in the hit Netflix TV show, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science is involved in studying this very thing, in both theory and experiment. More>

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Agile BioFoundry Announces New Projects

The Agile BioFoundry — a consortium of nine DOE national labs, including Berkeley Lab — has received funding for seven new projects. These projects will allow industry and academic partners to utilize the Agile BioFoundry to develop novel microbial hosts and bio-products or to develop new capabilities and approaches that will advance all aspects of the bio-manufacturing cycle. More>

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FY18 Wall-to-Wall Inventory Has Started

The FY18 annual inventory campaign has started and includes all 25,371 Laboratory assets totaling over $1 billion dollars in acquisition value. Periodic wall-to-wall inventories are required under the Lab’s prime contract to account for all property purchased with DOE and other sponsor funds. Go here to view more information on this year’s inventory campaign.

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ALS Work Highlighted in DOE Top 40 Countdown

The Department of Energy is celebrating its 40th anniversary by highlighting 40 science accomplishments over 40 days. As the countdown to Oct. 1 continues, the Office of Science recently recognized contributions from the Lab’s Advanced Light Source to scientific milestones in 2005, which shed light on the cell’s protein factory, and in 2009, which sparked new ideas about how to make faster computer chips.

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DOE 40th Anniversary Milestone: Berkeley Lab’s FastBit

The DOE is celebrating its 40th anniversary by highlighting 40 science accomplishments over 40 days. A recent highlight featured Berkeley Lab’s FastBit. Developed in the Computational Research Division, the technology, which speeds up searches through giant datasets, won an R&D100 Award in 2008. More>

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DOE Podcast Explores Dark Matter Mystery

The latest episode of “Direct Current,” a podcast series produced by the Department of Energy, highlights dark matter-hunting experiments like the next-gen LUX-Zeplin (LZ) experiment. Berkeley Lab is overseeing the construction of LZ at an underground site in South Dakota. More>

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Sept. 25 Brown Bag Talk on NAS’s Assessment of ARPA-E

Paul Beaton will present the National Academy of Sciences’ assessment of ARPA-E (2017), which provides a comprehensive view into how well the agency is meeting its mission and goals after six years of operations, and valuable insight for organizations engaged in research for energy innovation. The talk takes place Monday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54).

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Lab Hosts Oct. 16 BERAC Grand Challenges Report Workshop

Lab staff are invited to attend a daylong internal workshop on Oct. 16 in Building 59-3101 (Wang Hall), to develop new program concepts related to Grand Challenges for Biological and Environmental Research: Progress and Future Vision report. These program concepts would span multiple divisions, areas, and disciplines at the Lab and offer solutions to the outlined challenges. More>

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DOE Announces $20 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Grants were given to 12 national labs. Berkeley Lab projects include “Advancing the Commercial Building Energy Saver for Actionable Insights into Building Retrofits and to Enable Broad-Based Commercialization” ($150K), and “Development of a High Efficiency Anaerobic Electroporation Apparatus for Biofuel Generation from Waste Gases” ($499K). More>

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Director’s Message: Federal Budget Update

To provide emergency assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the President passed legislation that temporarily raises the nation’s debt limit, which keeps the federal government funded at FY17 levels through Dec. 8. Though it came as a result of these catastrophic storms, this legislation removes some of the immediate uncertainty for the nation and for Berkeley Lab. More>

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