Today at Berkeley Lab

The Bloody Battle Against Aging

By examining the chemical makeup of young blood, bioengineers, including David Schaffer of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division, have discovered a drug that could turn back the age clock. More>

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Startup Converts Exhaust Heat into Clean, Renewable Power

CEO Matt Scullin co-founded startup Alphabet Energy in 2009 with Peidong Yang, materials science and chemistry professor at UC Berkeley and faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab. In a Berkeley Engineer magazine story, Alphabet was noted for “producing the most efficient thermoelectric devices ever made for waste-heat recovery.” More>

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Ignacio Tinoco’s 59 Years in Chemistry Profiled

Tinoco (an affiliate in the Biosciences Area) has been a pioneer in many fields, but he is most known for his invaluable contribution to the study of RNA folding. He has taught in UC Berkeley’s chemistry department for 59 years. More>

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New Cancer Treatments Come in Nano-Sized Packages

Brain tumors are protected by the brain-blood barrier — a series of defenses that protect the brain from toxic molecules, but also keep out cancer drugs that could kill the cancerous cells. To help cancer drugs access the tumor, the Lab’s Ting Xu is making tiny nanocarriers that protect the drugs during their journey to the tumor. More>

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Small Plane to Fly Over Campus and the Lab on July 9 and 10

The timing of the flights each day is weather dependent. Once they are airborne, the planes are expected to fly for approximately two hours. The plane is taking aerial photos to help U.C. Berkeley and the Lab create a new, highly detailed topographic map.

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Six-Week Mindfulness Course Offered by UC Berkeley August 25 to Sept. 29

The practice of mindfulness is receiving increasing scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve cognitive flexibility, foster relationship satisfaction, and promote health and well-being. The course (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) provides participants with the basic principles of mindfulness, as well as tools for developing and applying mindfulness in daily life. Registration is required.

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DoseNet Delivers Environmental Data as an Educational Tool

A network of radiation-monitoring devices — designed and engineered by UC Berkeley students working with Lab researchers — and a companion website and open-source code serve as educational and outreach tools for an international project called DoseNet that stretches from Northern California classrooms to a city hall in Japan. More>

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Campus Hosts May 26 Workshop on Intellectual Property

The event, hosted by the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurial Program, features Robin Johnston of the Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office, as well as representatives from law firms WSGR and MoFo. The free event begins at 6 p.m. in 105 Stanley Hall. A networking session and reception will follow the presentations. More>

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$40M to Establish New Observatory Probing Early Universe

A new astronomy facility, the Simons Observatory, is planned in Chile’s Atacama Desert to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today. The observatory will probe the subtle properties of the universe’s first light, known as cosmic microwave background radiation. More>

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Campus Hosts Data Science Workshop Info Session on April 28

Are you a grad student or postdoc interested in pursuing a career in data science? An information session will be held Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in 190 Doe Library, to learn more about the upcoming Data Science Workshop (July 9-30). The workshop features small teams who are paired with industry mentors to work on a data science project. More>

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