Today at Berkeley Lab

Review of Bioinspired Structural Materials Goes Viral

Videos on the Internet going viral are a weekly occurrence but scientific review articles going viral in journals such as Nature are quite rare. Materials scientists Robert Ritchie and Tony Tomsia authored an article on the amazing structural and mechanical characteristics found in natural materials, which received thousands of views and downloads. More>

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JGI Scientists Highlight Toolkit for Discovering New Life

In a Science perspective published earlier this month, JGI Director Eddy Rubin and Microbial Program Head Tanja Woyke say the time is right to apply genomic technologies to discover new life on Earth. More>

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Dark Matter: Out With the WIMPs, in With the SIMPs?

Like cops tracking the wrong person, physicists seeking to identify dark matter may have been stalking the wrong particle. “We’ve been searching for WIMPs for quite some time, but we haven’t found them yet, so I think it’s important to think outside the box,” says Yonit Hochberg, a Berkeley Lab physicist. More>

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New Dark Matter Experiments Prepare to Hunt the Unknown

This month three new experiments take significant steps in the hunt for dark matter. They include the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment Gen 2, and LUX-ZEPLIN, which Berkeley Lab participates in. Go here to read a Kavli Foundation Q&A with three scientists involved with these experiments.

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Mexican Delegation Visits Lab; Signs MOU With UC’s Napolitano

The group — hosted by Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon — included the Mexican Secretariat of Energy Leonardo Beltran, who signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the development of renewable energy between UC and Mexico. The visit took place last Thursday. More>

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Lab Technology Brings Grandfather’s Voice, War Stories Back to Life

Matt Skryja never thought he’d hear his grandfather’s voice again. But thanks to technology developed at Berkeley Lab, preservations were able to piece together shattered records that enabled him to listen to how young his Grandpa’s voice sounded like in 1944 and hear stories from when his grandfather was a lieutenant during WWII. More>

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KQED Profiles Lab’s Solar Fridge Vaccine Project

Vaccine delivery is a major problem due to the absence of reliable refrigeration in many remote countries. Lab scientists have developed a portable solar-powered vaccine fridge that can be transported by bicycle or motorcycle to remote areas of the developing world. More>

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Engineering’s Neal Hartman Pens Article on ‘Who Really Found Higgs Boson’

The discovery of the Higgs boson two years ago is by any standards an epochal, genius achievement. What is less clear is who, exactly, the genius is. An obvious candidate is Peter Higgs. But does this mean that he was a genius? Peter Jenni, one of the founders of the ATLAS Experiment, hesitates when asked the question. More>

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Dow Vice President Pens Op-Ed Touting Benefits of National Labs

What can industry and government do to deliver better, faster solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges in food, energy and health? In a word, collaborate. Collaboration with the National Laboratories, in particular, is of immense benefit to companies. More>

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In Hopes Of Fixing Faulty Genes, One Scientist Starts With The Basics

In an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday, Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist with the Physical Biosciences Division and professor at UC Berkeley, described her research in genome editing, how it could facilitate personalized medicine, and why she decided to become a scientist. More>

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