EETD’s Bill Tschudi is quoted in a National Geographic story about a recent study that shows up to 30 percent of the nation’s 12 million data center machines are drawing power without actually doing anything. More>
Work by Paul Ashby and Deirdre Olynick of the Molecular Foundry Patrick Naulleau at the Center for X-ray Optics to develop a better photoresist, a critical material that’s used to lay down patterns of transistors across computer chips, which could continue to reduce the size of transistors and stay on track with Moore’s Law.
From organizing monthly swaps of backyard produce to advocating for preservation or restoration of natural settings, grass roots local activism by Howdy Goudey and Robin Mitchell is becoming an important influence in shaping a vision of a greener future for the city. More>
A new study of 190 commonly used compounds shows that toxicity information is available for only one-third of them, and some are toxic to mammals. Stringfellow says he and his team embarked on the review of fracking chemical databases on reporting websites to help resolve the debate over the drilling practice’s safety. More>
Piece in the Sacramento Bee says the U.S. BRAIN Initiative and California’s Cal-BRAIN projects will have short-term and far-ranging future impact, and will immediately help diagnose and treat psychiatric disease, neurodegenerative disease, traumatic brain injury, depression and stroke, as well as develop more effective neural prosthetic devices. More>
Advanced Light Source user Erica Ollman Saphire (Scripps Institute) used the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology beamlines to study and solve structures of Ebola virus glycoprotein bound to antibodies. This work was recently featured on BBC News.
[National Geographic] Oklahoma has experienced almost twice as many earthquakes as California and research has tied the spike to wastewater injection. Earth scientist Ernest Majer said injection wells rarely cause earthquakes and the oil and gas industry is as interested as scientists are to learn what conditions cause induced earthquakes and how to prevent them. More>
[Huffington Post] If you put a cat inside an opaque box and make his life dependent on a random event, … More»
“Cool School,” a program aired Thursday mornings on Bay Area CBS affiliate KPIX, reports on unique educational efforts. On Thursday, August 7, the show highlighted iCLEM, the summer program for disadvantaged students sponsored by the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), with funding from DOE and NSF. You can watch the clip here.
[New York Times] Inspired by the architecture of the brain, scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that uses no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers. The chip, or processor, is named TrueNorth and was developed by researchers at IBM and detailed in an article published last Thursday in the journal Science. More>