Today at Berkeley Lab

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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The Death of the Dinosaurs

Debates over what killed the dinosaurs continue to flourish. In 1980, the father-son team of Luis (a Lab researcher) and Walter Alvarez hypothesized an asteroid impact attributed to the extinction. Many scientists today wonder if there is a causal link between the Chicxulub asteroid and the most destructive period of Indian volcanism. More>

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Testing for Mortality: Should You Have Your Telomeres Measured?

A Menlo Park company can measure the length of a protective cap, called a telomere, at the end of each strand of DNA. The biggest flaw with telomere testing is that the general trends we’ve learned from large research studies — “long is good, short is bad” — can’t be accurately applied to a single person, says Berkely Lab’s Judith Campisi. More>

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Earthquake Potential of Carbon Sequestration?

An article in Science News by Charles Petit discusses geological carbon sequestration and its potential for triggering earthquakes. Earth scientist Jonny Rutqvist is mentioned prominently as the leader of several modeling studies investigating “multiple scenarios of sustained large-scale deep CO2 injections.” More>

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Covering Parking Lots With Solar Panels to Cut Down on Heat

According to Lab research, 35 to 50 percent of a city’s surface is pavement, and of that, 40 percent are parking lots. Berkeley Lab’s Haley Gilbert said this results in an environmentally damaging cycle of heat energy. But there is a solution…covering parking lots with solar panel roofs. More>

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Renewable Biofuels Development Requires ‘Renaissance Researchers’

Physical bioscientists Blake Simmons (right) and Doug Clark were quoted in a recent Bioenergy Connection article about breaking down cell walls, a necessary step for unlocking sugars in biofuels production. The piece also touches on work PBD faculty scientist, Jamie Cate, is doing with enzymes that can aid in deconstruction. More>

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