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Are There Organisms in Earth’s Purest Water? JGI Will Help Find Out

National Park scientists are researching a series of underground lakes, thought to be the purest water on Earth. But scant bacteria has been discovered there, which will be submitted to the Joint Genome Institute to determine exactly what organisms are in the water. More>

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An Emerging Challenge to Science’s Credibility

A key feature of science is the ability to reproduce experiments, checking another group’s work by using its materials and following its methods then comparing the results. But worries have grown that many nonreproducible results are working their way into the scientific literature. Berkeley Lab life scientist Mina Bissell is quoted in the article. More>

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CalWave’s Underwater ‘Carpets’ Harness Wave Power

Bloomberg News recently featured a profile of Marcus Lehmann, a researcher with the Lab’s Cyclotron Road, and the CalWave project, an an underwater mechanism of springy fiberglass “carpets,” generates electricity from ocean waves more efficiently and less obtrusively than wave-energy systems at the surface. More>

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C&E News Looks at JBEI’s Efforts to Automate Synthetic Biology

In this article by Chemical & Engineering News, Steve Shih, A post doc at JBEI’s Technology Division, speaks about the development of microfluidic devices to build packages of DNA in order to plug them into cells. More>

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How Do You Solve a Puzzle Like Neutrinos?

When it comes to studying particles that zip through matter as though it weren’t even there, you use every method you can think of. Berkeley Lab’s Dan Dwyer comments on neutrinos from nuclear reactors. More>

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Meet the 63rd Black Woman In American History With A Physics Ph.D.

It has been calculated that just 83 Black women have received a Ph.D. in physics-related fields in American history. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a cosmologist at MIT, was the 63rd. She spoke to the Huffington Post about why her work for organizations such as the National Society of Black Physicists is just as important as doing her science. More>

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Berkeley Scientists Eye Drones to Contain Wildfires

Physicist Carl Pennypacker talks about an innovative firefighting system he is working on. Called FUEGO, the system uses a satellite and drones equipped with infrared cameras to spot wildfires. More>

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Searching Amazon Forest for Clues to Climate Change, Drought

For several days at a time each week, earth scientist Kolby Jardine rambles along slippery, oft-muddy roads for miles into the heart of the Central Amazon. His goal is to assess the impact of climate change in some of the most lush, diverse and undisturbed jungle on the planet, and perhaps gain a better understanding of California’s drought. More>

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Marvin Cohen Uses Quantum Mechanics, Computers to Conjure Future

Cohen’s computer programs deploy the exquisite equations of quantum theory to explain the form and function of known materials, and are used to forecast the performance of newly envisioned ones. “Quantum mechanics,” he says, “fed my family.” More>

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Making the Portable Gamma Camera

The end of the Cold War and the cancellation of the Superconducting Super Collider led to the creation of this life-saving medical device. Berkeley Lab’s Steve Holland and William Moses were an integral part of that development. More>

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