The flip of a light switch — a nano-scale light switch — may some day dramatically boost the speed of data transmission, from streaming movies to accelerating the most data-intense computation. Today, information flow in a computer is based on electrical pulses. But if an electrical signal could instead control a light switch, the “ones and zeros” that give data meaning could race through computer circuits at ten times the current speed. A ten-fold increase in speed would mean a similar spike in the volume of information that can be processed. Research on this nano-scale light switch is being conducted by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Feng Wang, as part of his UC Berkeley Bakar Fellowship. More>
Like a science version of the popular show “Shark Tank,” the Lab’s next Science at the Theater event will feature researchers “pitching” their technologies, then audience members and panel of judges will vote on which one most benefits society. The Monday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. event takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Researchers and their technologies include: Guoying Chen (Making Better Batteries), Sylvain Costes (Tracking and Hacking Personal DNA Damage), Steven Lanzisera (Making Energy Measurement Stick), Gloria Oliver (Molecular Velcro), and Alex Zettl (Dress Code for Martians). RSVP here. The show will also be webcast. Send questions via tweet (@BerkeleyLab) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Those who missed Monday’s Science at the Theater Talk, or want to watch it again, can hear from eight Lab researchers discussing their “big ideas” in eight minutes. Topics included a pill to treat people exposed to radiation, generating electricity from viruses, mass spectrometry in hospitals, imaging atoms in 3-D, the Higgs Boson, supercomputing and the search for supernovae, a Google for materials, and designing synergistic materials for energy applications. Go here to watch individual videos of each topic.
Eight Lab scientists present eight game-changing concepts in eight minutes as part of the next Science at the Theater on Monday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (Roda Stage). Researchers include Peter Nugent (supercomputing and the search for supernovae), Seung-Wuk Lee (generating electricity from viruses), Peter Ercius (imaging atoms in 3-D), Ben Bowen (mass spectrometry imaging at hospitals), Kristin Persson (a Google for materials), Ian Hinchliffe (how the universe works), Rebecca Abergel (a pill to treat people exposed to radioactive materials), and Jeff Urban (synergist materials for energy applications). RSVP here.
We’re entering a new era in biology, thanks to stunning images, powerful predictive tools, and a pioneering spirit. On Sept. 23, four Lab scientists — including Jay Keasling, Carolyn Larabell, Adam Arkin, and Manfred Auer — discussed what this means to you.
The next Science at the Theater takes place Monday, Sept. 23, but no need to physically go to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre to hear it. Watch a live stream of the 7 p.m. talk — which features Jay Keasling, Manfred Auer, Adam Arkin, and Carolyn Larabell discuss how cutting-edge imaging techniques and powerful predictive tools are usering in a new era in biology — from the comfort of your own computer. Go here for more information, including the link to the live stream.
The Lab is hosting “Eight Big Ideas” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater tonight, which features eight scientists giving eight-minute talks on their research. The event is sold out, but those who don’t have a free ticket can watch a livestream of the event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more and watch the event live here.
A special Earth Day edition of Science at the Theater —”How Hot Will It Get?” — attracted a full house of 600 to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre Monday night. Another 300 watched the show online via a new HD, live stream option. Featuring presentations by Lab climate scientists Bill Collins, Margaret Torn, Michael Wehner, and Jeff Chambers, as well as UC Berkeley economist Max Aufhammer, the evening was punctuated with the latest projections about the extent of planetary warming and the dire consequences of our growing carbon imbalance. A video of the program will be available soon on the Lab’s YouTube channel. On May 13 at 7p.m. Science at the Theater returns with “Eight Big Ideas,” with eight scientists presenting eight game-changing concepts in eight minutes each.