Today at Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab’s General Purpose Lab New Home for Battery Research

The San Jose Mercury News recently took a look at Berkeley Lab’s new General Purpose Laboratory building, noting that it will be home to the Lab’s portion of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research battery hub. Researchers Venkat Srinivasan and Brett Helms gave the reporter an overview of what to expect in the coming years. More>

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NERSC wins HPCWire Editors’ Choice Award

NERSC was named one of two recipients of the HPCWire “Editors’ Choice Award for Best HPC Collaboration Between Government & Industry.” Announced at the SuperComputing 2014 conference held in New Orleans last week, the award recognized the center’s partnership with Cray and Intel to deploy in 2016 a manycore supercomputer. More>

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UC Global Food Initiative and Holiday Food Research

Before you dive into that Thanksgiving turkey or apple pie, take a bite of the food research coming from the University of California. UC serves up a cornucopia of food facts just in time for the holiday, including work being done at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Doudna Featured in Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers Issue

Physical Biosciences Division researcher Jennifer Doudna was included, along with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, in the innovators category of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. The team was recognized for their CRISPR/Cas genome-editing tool. More>

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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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