Today at Berkeley Lab

Back to Future with Roman Architectural Concrete

UC Berkeley’s Marie Jackson led a key discovery at the Advanced Light Source about Roman architectural concrete that has stood the test of time for nearly two thousand years. Volcanic ash-lime mortar resistant to microcracking is the key to the longevity of the concrete, which was made from coarse chunks of volcanic tuff and brick. More>

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Where Vision Meets Know-How: Xiang Zhang’s XLab

The Lab’s Materials Sciences Division director is featured in a UC Berkeley publication, in a story that highlights his work with more than 30 Ph.D. students, postdocs, and visiting scientists who comprise “XLab.” The X, says Zhang, stands for explore, experiment, and excellence. More>

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Berkeley Institute for Data Science Launches New Website

Interested researchers and community members can visit the site to learn more about the people, projects, events, and collaborative opportunities at BIDS. Several Lab researchers are fellows at BIDS. More>

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Dec. 10 Holiday Music Concert on Campus

UC Berkeley’s University Chorus and Chamber Chorus will present their annual holiday concert of carols and winter songs at Hertz Concert Hall from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The performance is free. More>

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Richmond Bay Campus is Now Berkeley Global Campus

UC Berkeley has announced a “bold” new vision for its Richmond Field Station, remaking it into a global campus and “living laboratory” in partnership with public universities, and private industries, from around the world. More>

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Julia Morgan Hall Open for Events at Botanical Garden

Julia Morgan would probably be pleased. The hall that the UC Berkeley alumna and celebrated architect designed in 1911 to host social events on campus has been painstakingly restored, and is open for business at its new home at the UC Botanical Garden. Already it has been booked for weddings and special events. More>

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Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

Research led by materials scientist Lane Martin has found an easy way to improve the performance of ferroelectric materials for use in computer processors that would be capable of both computation and memory storage without continuous external power sources. More>

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Physicist Hitoshi Murayama Addresses UN on Science and Peace

He discussed the link between science and peace at a United Nations gathering celebrating the 60th anniversary of CERN. “The awe of the beautiful universe makes differences in cultures, languages, colors, genders, religions and ideologies simply disappear,” he said during his speech. More>

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POLARBEAR Detects Curls in the Universe’s Oldest Light

A team of physicists — led Berkeley Lab’s Adrian Lee — has measured a subtle characteristic in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation that will allow them to map the large-scale structure of the universe, determine the masses of neutrinos and perhaps uncover some of the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. More>

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Tomorrow is UC Food Day; Famers Market on Campus

As part of the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, campuses across the system are hosting event. UC Berkeley will conduct a farmers market on Dwinelle Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 24), which as been designated “Food Day.” Go here to view a complete calendar of activities.

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