Today at Berkeley Lab

Potential for Traffic Delays Due to Cal Graduations

Over the next couple of weeks, UC Berkeley academic departments will be conducting commencements, with several taking place at the nearby Greek Theater. Employees may experience delays commuting to or from the Lab when these ceremonies take place.

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Berkeley Chemists Win Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Awards

The award winners include Christopher Chang, John Hartwig, Daniel Neumark, and Dean Toste, all with the Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division, and who hold joint appointments at UC Berkeley. The Royal Society of Chemistry chooses award winners for the originality and impact of their research, or for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or chemistry education. More>

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Long-Sought Structure of Telomerase Paves Way for Drugs for Aging, Cancer

While neither telomerase-based anti-aging drugs nor anticancer drugs have yet appeared, a recent development — the first detailed picture of the molecular structure of human telomerase — should jump-start that effort, allowing more targeted drug screens and intelligent design of new drugs. The Lab’s Eva Nogales is a senior author on this research study. More>

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Valleytronics Discovery Could Pack More Power Into Future Microchips

Research recently published in Nature Communications finds useful new information-handling potential in samples of tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a candidate “valleytronics” transistor material that might one day enable chipmakers to pack more computing power onto microchips. More>

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Start of Most Sensitive Search Yet for Dark Matter Axion

Thanks to low-noise superconducting quantum amplifiers — developed by the Lab’s John Clarke — physicists are embarking on the most sensitive search yet for axions, one of the top dark matter candidates. The Axion Dark Matter Experiment is the world’s first and only experiment to have achieved the necessary sensitivity to “hear” the telltale signs of dark matter axions. More>

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New Technology Could Wean the Battery World Off Cobalt

Lithium batteries use more than 50 percent of all cobalt produced globally. About half of the world’s cobalt comes from the Congo, where it’s largely hand-mined, in some instances by children. Now, a team — including the Lab’s Gerbrand Ceder — has opened the door to using other metals for lithium-based batteries. Watch a video on this research. More>

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Mountain Lion Recently Spotted Near South Campus Area

A mountain lion ventured onto UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus early on April 4, authorities report. A UC employee saw the lion just after 3:30 a.m. while walking through the campus, according to a notice from the UC Police Department. Go here to view safety tips regarding mountain lions.

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Lecture Highlights Contributions of ETA Scientists in Air Quality Research

UC Berkeley’s Bill Nazaroff pointed to work with Energy Technologies Area (ETA) scientists in a recent lecture showcasing advances in the understanding of the air we breathe. The Lab’s Ashok Gadgil introduced Nazaroff, whose ETA collaborators include Brett Singer, Allen Goldstein, Rengie Chan, Xiaochen Tang, and Hugo Destaillats. More>

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Podcast on E.O. Lawrence Explores UC’s Impact on the World

In 1929, a young Ernest Lawrence made a discovery that would change his life, the course of history, and the 20th century. His development of the cyclotron — the particle accelerator that ushered in the atomic age — is the topic of an episode of “One Bold Idea,” a six-part podcast that explores pivotal moments in California history that have shaped the world. More>

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Campus Hosts May 4 Plant Genome Engineering Symposium

UC Berkeley is hosting the 2018 Plant Genome Engineering Symposium on May 4 to highlight recent advances made in the field of plant genetic engineering. The event is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and the Innovative Genomics Institute. Go here for more information and to register.

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