Paul Alivisatos, along with Dan Arvizu, Charlie McMillan and Terry Michalske, illuminates the national lab system’s unsung contributions to improvements in energy supply and renewables, security of nuclear material, and health and medicine. The value of the labs will be on display during a science and technology exhibit on Capitol Hill next week. More>
Materials scientist is quoted in MIT Technology Review on Apple’s latest product — a sapphire screen that is supposed to be much stronger than the glass currently used. To prevent a gadget’s screen from cracking, defects that might allow scratches must be avoided, and the design needs to absorb energy of impact, he says. More>
From upgrading your HVAC systems to taking another look at insulation, fixes of all sizes can increase comfort and savings. Good Energy spoke to EETD’s Max Sherman about why it’s crucial for homeowners to invest in energy saving measures now for a more stable financial future. More>
UC President Janet Napolitano talked about the benefits of basic science — the study of something for pure scientific and intellectual curiosity that often yields theories and predictions — at the Nexenta OpenSDx Summit in San Francisco on Thursday. The summit focuses mostly on the Internet — data centers, servers, and local access networks — but Napolitano focused on the “guts of the innovation economy,” according to a San Francisco Chronicle story. “We often forget that someone had to build basics we rely on,” Napolitano said. The University of California, especially its Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses, includes some of the biggest players in converting research into licensing fees and startups that might go public or be acquired. Witness the uptick in university-run incubators in the Bay Area. More>
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.