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PBD’s Dueber Helps Make Blue Jeans Greener

John Dueber (right) of the Physical Biosciences Division has studied the chemical steps plants use to naturally make indigo, and he thinks he has found an environmentally green way for the industry to churn out the dye without the use of the toxic compound. More>

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Biomass Electricity With Carbon Capture Part of Zero-Carbon Future

A new UC Berkeley study shows that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration in the western United States, power generators could actually store more carbon than they emit and make a critical contribution to an overall zero-carbon future by the second half of the 21st century. More>

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ETA’s Amrose is Developing Modular Arsenic-Removal System for Water

10 years ago, Susan Amrose remembers passing a class that Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil was teaching on Design for Sustainable Communities. She sat in on the first class, and wound up staying the semester. Today she teaches the course and has teamed with Gadgil and Robert Kostecki to create an electrochemical arsenic remediation prototype. More>

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Registration for Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps Opens

More than 40 half-day and full-day camps for children aged four to grade 12 offer a flexible schedule to make the perfect experience for campers. Camps run June 15 through August 21. More>

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Feb. 25 Campus Talk on IARPA Funding

On Feb. 25, Peter Highnam, director of IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), will discuss the agency’s priorities, participating in IARPA-funded research, and ways to engage with its experts. IARPA executes high-risk, high-payoff research for the U.S. Intelligence Community. The event takes place at 1 p.m. in 306 Soda Hall.

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Cal Energy Corps Offers Paid Internships for Students

The undergraduate internship provides opportunities for students to design, develop, and deliver sustainable energy and climate solutions around the world. More>

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C2M Accepting Applications; Deadline is Feb. 15

Cleantech to Market (C2M) is a partnership between students, scientists, engineers, and professionals to translate cleantech research into market opportunities. Selected technologies will receive approximately 1,000 hours of comprehensive technology evaluation and market assessment. More>

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Why Oxygen is Kryptonite to Titanium

Materials scientist Andrew Minor led a team that revealed the mechanism by which titanium becomes brittle with the addition of a few extra atoms of oxygen. This discovery could open the door to more practical, cost-effective uses of titanium, including the construction, automotive and aerospace industries. More>

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Feb. 13 Symposium on the ‘Flame Retardant Dilemma’

A one-day symposium centered on the use of toxic and potentially toxic chemical flame retardants will be held in 150 University Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Speakers include academia, government, and industry and include both science and policy issues regarding chemical class. The event is sponsored by the Green Science Policy Institute. More>

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Laser Inventor and Nobelist Charles Townes Dies

The UC Berkeley emeritus professor passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the age of 99. He shared the 1964 Nobel Prize for inventing the laser and pioneering its use in astronomy. Townes was also affiliated with Berkeley Lab. In addition to numerous prizes, he wrote a seminal paper in 1966 on “The Convergence of Science and Religion.” More>

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