Today at Berkeley Lab

Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

A New York Times article about new materials that bend light waves in ways that could not occur naturally mentions the Lab’s Xiang Zhang. He has pioneered a number of applications for metamaterials and says he hears from many military contractors and commercial companies that are interested in pursuing metamaterial applications. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Ramps Up to Shed Light on Dark Matter

Last week word was announced that the Large Hadron Collider will soon be online again, after taking two years off for an upgrade. Many lab researchers have been involved with various research efforts at the LHC. The Guardian has more on the restart.

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How to Detect a Rare Particle Decay with a Detector Made of (Almost) Nothing

Researchers are one step closer to finding new physics with the completion of a harp-shaped prototype particle detector element for the Mu2e experiment. The Mu2e Collaboration is comprised of over one hundred physicists from all over the world, including Berkeley Lab. More>

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Lab’s China Energy Group Featured in New Asia Society Report

The report, “A Vital Partnership: California and China Collaborating on Clean Energy and Combating Climate Change,” features the China Energy Group’s work as a successful example of collaboration with Chinese state agencies. The report was launched at an event featuring Jerry Brown, Steve Chu, and China Energy Group head Lynn Price. More>

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Climate Change Will Hit America in the Breadbasket, Scientists Say

NBC News recently quoted Michael Wehner of the Computational Research Division in a story about the future of U.S. food production in the face of climate change. Wehner warns of a looming crisis due to shifts in weather patterns. More>

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KQED Shines Career Spotlight on ETA’s Vi Rapp

Vi Rapp is a research scientist with the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and focuses her research on improving combustion systems. One aspect of her work is designing cleaner, more efficient cookstoves. More>

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Lab’s Researchers Co-Write Op-Ed on Climate Change and Health

In a recent study, Jeff Greenblatt, Dev Millstein, and others, examined the potential health care savings from reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction in particulate matter could potentially save between $6 and $14 billion in health care costs in 2020. More>

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Lab’s 50 Breakthroughs Featured in Twitter Chat, NPR

Shashi Buluswar of the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies at LBNL (LIGTT) fielded dozens of questions on sustainable global development in a lively Twitter chat on Feb. 11. Check out this summary on Storify. And click here to hear a conversation he had with NPR’s Renee Montagne, which also aired on Feb. 11.

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Cyclotron Road Featured in New York Times

As the world grows hotter, young scientists with fresh ideas about energy technology are finding it increasingly difficult to find venture capital to get them off the ground. But Berkeley Lab may have found a better way to support these entrepreneurial scientists, with the development of Cyclotron Road commercialization program. More>

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Lab IPO Director Profiled in Innovation Magazine

Elsie Quaite-Randall heads the Innovation and Partnerships Office, which is envisioned to be an integrated and responsive entry point for the private sector and to develop a culture of commercialization and entrepreneurship within the Lab scientific community. More>

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