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New CellScope Device Enables Safe Treatment for River Blindness

CellScope Loa enables safe treatment of river blindness (onchocerciasis) by detecting parasitic Loa loa worms in the blood. Developed by Dan Fletcher of the Biosciences Area, CellScope tools have enabled studies of retinal disease in Thailand, monitoring water quality in southern California, and diagnosing childhood earaches with the clip-on otoscope. More>

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After Repeated Pounding, Antihydrogen Reveals its Charge: Zero

An eight-hour experiment using the ALPHA trap at CERN confirmed with 20 times greater precision than before that the charge of the antihydrogen atom — the antimatter counterpart of the hydrogen atom — is zero. Berkeley Lab is part of the ALPHA experiment. More>

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Alivisatos to Serve as UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor of Research

Alivisatos, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry since 1988, will assume the position of vice chancellor for research on March 1. He will oversee campus research, which annually generates approximately $700 million in grants and contracts. More>

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NIH/SBIR Workshop Starts Jan. 20 in Berkeley

Spaces remain for QB3’s Berkeley-based workshop, Jan. 20 – Mar. 16, on filing a successful SBIR/STTR grant application by the April 5 deadline. Discounts are available for UC affiliates, including Lab staff. Go here for more information, schedule, and registration. Visit the IPO website for other events and workshops of interest to entrepreneurial researchers.

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‘Pandas: The Journey Home’ 3D Movie Now at Lawrence Hall of Science

Meet the cute and sometimes mischievous pandas at the Wolong Panda Center in China and discover the extraordinary efforts being made to secure the future of these gentle giants. Learn about panda behavior and habitats as you follow Tao and his panda friends on their journey from captivity into the wild. The 40-minute film is showing daily through June 12. More>

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Berkeley Can Bask in the Glow as More Elements Hit Periodic Table

The recent inclusion of four new elements to the periodic table was cause for the clinking of champagne glasses. But in a broader sense, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab have been the point of the spear for the synthesis of transuranic elements (those with atomic numbers greater than 92) since such research began. More>

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Will Promise of Quantum Dots’ Supreme Digital Resolution Matter?

Studies find smartphone users are willing to trade superior-quality images for simpler interfaces. But quantum dots are likely to succeed where other quality-increasing technology has failed, because they are inexpensive and simple. Nanosys, a start-up co-founded by Paul Alivisatos, creates QD film that can replace parts in existing devices with little fuss. More>

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Pre-Retirement and Long-Term Care Workshops Offered

The UC Retirement Center hosts a four-week, pre-retirement planning course on Wednesdays from Feb. 10 to March 2, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register. Also offered is a series of seminars on long-term care on April 7, 28, and May 12. Go here for more information and to register.

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Botanical Garden Offers Holiday Classes, Gifts, Discounted Memberships

Save 30% off of gift memberships from Dec. 9-18, learn how to create holiday wreaths and nature crafts, shop at at a holiday pop-up store in the beautifully restored Julia Morgan Hall. Click here for more details.

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Science-Music Collaboration Lets Listeners ‘Hear’ Effects of Climate Change

The Climate Change Music Project hopes to drive home the devastating effects of climate change by turning data into music. The collaboration includes Lab researchers Andrew Jones and Bill Collins. More>

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