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Foundry Helps Researchers Target Embryonic Stem Cell Sugars

Working at the Molecular Foundry, scientists from UC San Diego created a molecular mimic of the sugar-decorated proteins that help mouse embryonic stem cells develop into nerve cells. The goal is to better understand how cell surface sugars influence stem cell differentiation into specific cell types. More>

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Material Acts as Alcohol Factory

Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid alcohol has so far been a logistic and economic challenge. But now, a new material, designed and patented by Berkeley Lab researchers is making this process a little easier. More>

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Fundamental Chemistry Findings Could Help Extend Moore’s Law

Computer chips have gotten smaller thanks to advances in materials science and manufacturing technologies. This doubling of transistors on a microprocessor roughly every two years is called Moore’s Law. But one component of the chip-making process needs of an overhaul if Moore’s law is to continue: the chemical mixture called photoresist. More>

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Foundry/NCEM Host Annual User Meeting August 25-26

Event includes keynotes, workshops, poster presentations, and networking opportunities. More>

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Materials Scientists Demo ‘Peppytide’ Protein Models at Maker Faire

Ron Zuckerman and Promita Chakraborty of the Materials Sciences Division were among the more than 900 exhibitors who participated in … More»

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Berkeley Lab Takes Over DOE’s Instagram Account

Yesterday, the Public Affairs Department was given the keys to the Department of Energy’s Instagram account, a popular photo-sharing site. The occasion was used to capture a day in the life of Molecular Foundry Director Jeff Neaton, from his bus ride to work, to seminars and meetings, to conversations around a whiteboard (and of course a turkey sighting). See out the photos here, and check out Berkeley Lab’s Instagram account. Got ideas about ways to use social media to highlight Berkeley Lab? Contact Kelly Owen.

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Four Lab Scientists Receive DOE Early Career Awards

Four Berkeley Lab scientists are among the 35 researchers selected by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program. Lab awardees include (clockwise) the Chemical Sciences Division’s Rebecca Abergel, the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division’s Daniele Filippetto, the Material Sciences Division’s Alexander Weber‐Bargioni, and the Life Sciences Division’s Trent Northen. The effort, now in its fifth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. More>

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Molecular Foundry/NCEM Launch New Seminar Series With May 13 Talk

In anticipation of their merger later this year, the Molecular Foundry and NCEM have created a new nanoscience seminar series that features nine consecutive weeks of talks from distinguished staff and users that represent the diverse expertise found at the two centers. Seminars will be held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am in the Chemla Room (67-3111). Foundry Director, Jeff Neaton, will kick off the spring block on May 13 with a talk entitled, “Nanoscale Perspectives on Organic Energy Materials from ab initio Quantum Mechanics.” Go here to see the full schedule.

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Probing for Better Doping of Semiconductor Nanocrystals

Nanocrystals imageDelia Milliron of the Materials Sciences Division led a study at the Molecular Foundry in which it was shown that when doping a semiconductor to alter its electrical properties, equally important as the amount of dopant is how the dopant is distributed on the surface and throughout the material. Working with the semiconductor indium tin oxide (ITO) and beams from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Milliron’s team were able to correlate the distribution of tin, the dopant, with ITO’s optical properties. Also working on this study were Sebastien Lounis, Evan Runnerstorm, Amy Bergerud and Dennis Nordlund. More>

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Lab Participates in NASA Earth Day Global Selfie

Employees from NERSC, ESNet, the Joint Genome Institute, Earth Sciences, the Molecular Foundry (pictured), and the Advanced Light Source gathered to take selfies as part of NASA’s worldwide celebration of Earth Day yesterday. NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day they tried to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Check out our full #GlobalSelfie recap on Storify.

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