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Three Lab Researchers Appear in KCRA Sacramento TV Special on Water

Three Berkeley Lab researchers appeared in a 30-minute special report last evening on KCRA-TV Sacramento. The piece explored challenges with California’s water resources and infrastructure. Peter Fiske, Erica Woodburn, and Peter Nico, all from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, are highlighted in the piece discussing the Lab’s research to understand watersheds and improve methods for underground water storage. Watch the two-minute segment here.

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Research Shows Trees Sweat to Keep Cool

As the planet warms, many trees may be unable to cope with the heat and could die off. But researchers have found that at least one species of Eucalyptus can withstand extreme heat by “sweating.” Scientists, including Trevor Keenan of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, say this discovery is an encouraging development. More>

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Lab’s Miquel Salmeron Explains Why Ice Is Slippery on Podcast

Miquel Salmeron, with the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, provides some answers to this centuries-old scientific debate on a recent episode of the “Every Little Thing” podcast. The program is a factual answering service, specializing in small questions. Another expert’s answer to the question “How are underwater tunnels built?” is included in the same episode as Salmeron’s answer. More>

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ALS Provides Insight into Bitter-Pit Disease in Honeycrisp Apples

Why are Honeycrisp apples more prone to bitter- pit disorder? It’s an issue that has vexed fruit growers for some time. How to solve this culinary conundrum? Enter the Advanced Light Source. By scanning the fruit, researchers can compare the cell structure of Honeycrisp apples with other, healthier varieties. More>

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Maxon Co-Authors Op-Ed on Boosting Role of Science in State Policymaking

Biosciences ALD Mary Maxon and Bruce Alberts of UCSF wrote an editorial for Science that promotes the use of science when developing policy at the state level, and suggests how California’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program could serve as a model for other states in the country. More>

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Tamura’s Ichthyosaur Illustration Used in News About Fossil Discovery

The ancient remains of a gigantic marine reptile known as an ichthyosaur have been discovered in England, and researchers recently published their findings about the fossil. The story was big news around the world, and accompanying some of the articles was an illustration created by Nobu Tamura, Wikipedia’s resident paleoartist and beamline scientist at the Advanced Light Source.

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Lab’s Etosha Cave Featured in Vanity Fair Entrepreneurship Article

Cyclotron Road’s Etosha Cave, co-founder of Opus 12 — a company that recycles CO₂ into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels — is among those featured in an article that highlights women of color who are diversifying entrepreneurship. More>

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The Lab’s Particle Physics Book Continues to Thrive

Want to know the latest research on the Higgs boson? Or the current findings on the search for dark energy? You could search the internet, or even the latest scientific literature. Or you could find all your answers in one spot: The Review of Particle Physics, the most cited publication in particle physics and produced by the Lab’s Particle Data Group. More>

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E-Cigarettes: What’s in the Cloud?

Whether it’s e-cigarettes or emerging heated tobacco products, the market for electronic nicotine delivery systems is booming. Most scientists agree that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco, but how much is known about the “clouds” they create? ETA’s Hugo Destaillats discusses the chemical composition of these complex aerosols in a recent article.

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Doudna Featured on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ Program

Reporter Mo Rocca explores “strokes of genius” in this episode. Among those he interviews is Jennifer Doudna of the Lab’s Biosciences Area. The co-discoverer of the CRISPR gene-editing technology does not consider herself a genius, but rather thinks teams are more productive than individuals. Rocca also interviews internet pioneer Vint Cerf and musician Wynton Marsalis.

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