Today at Berkeley Lab

Sweating it Out for Science

Sweating it out on a treadmill, or racing to finish a half-marathon, a runner might risk a potentially dangerous buildup of electrolytes in their blood. In a campus lab that’s been converted into a high-tech mini-fitness center, researchers led by Lab materials scientist Ali Javey can now trace these metabolic changes second by second in a substance any good workout produces…sweat. More>

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‘Editing’ New Metamaterials Brings Light Into Focus

Materials scientist Jie Yao has developed a technique to readily change the structure of thin sheets of “metamaterials” so that they can focus light in an entirely new way, allowing smart phones to be both thin and take high-quality photographs. More>

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Doudna Talks Gene Editing Patent With Newsweek Magazine

In this Q&A, Jennifer Doudna of the Biosciences Area discusses the recent patent ruling on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology, what work can now proceed as a result of that ruling, the kinds of developments that might be seen in the future, what her lab is working on next, and advice for other scientists navigating the patent system. More>

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Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) Hosts Annual Summit

Join clean tech entrepreneurs, policy makers and industry leaders to network and discuss the world’s most pressing energy challenges at the BERC Energy Summit, Feb.23-24, at UC Berkeley. Topics include energy policy, green jobs, self-driving technology, and other clean tech efforts. A pitch contest and innovation expo will kick off the event. More>

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A Chain Reaction to Spare the Air

Last year, materials scientist Jeff Long devised a new material that captures and releases CO2 at a lower temperature and in greater volume than current technologies. He’s now working to synthesize the new material at a large scale, to render it into pellet form, and confirm its increased CO2 capture performance under realistic conditions. More>

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Lab Faculty Invited to Submit Preproposals for IGI Projects

The Innovative Genomics Institute is offering funding for new research projects related to genomic engineering. Faculty members are invited to submit brief preproposals on topics including agriculture, microbiology, crosscutting technologies, and social science. Deadline is March 10. Full details are available here. For questions, contact Susan Jenkins.

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CZ Biohub Awards Nearly $14.5 Million to Berkeley Researchers

Michel Maharbiz (Biosciences) is among 47 new investigators chosen by the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to receive up to $1.5 million each to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research — with no strings attached. CZ Biohub seeks to foster unconventional scientific exploration and encourage researchers to invent new tools to accelerate the pace of discovery. More>

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Lab Researchers Invited to UC Berkeley’s ‘I Love Data’ Week

The campus’ University Library and the Research Data Management program invite researchers to attend a set of trainings from Feb. 14 to 16. The sessions will show researchers how to manage, secure, publish, and license their data. Registration required. More>

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A New Form of Matter Unveiled…Time Crystals

If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, can they also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal? In a recent study, Norman Yao (Materials Sciences) describes how to make and measure the properties of such a crystal, and even predicts what the various phases surrounding the time crystal should be, like the liquid and gas phases of ice. More>

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Green Science Institute Hosts Conference on Flame Retardant Dilemma

What do Teflon frying pans, Goretex jackets, and pizza boxes have in common? They are among the consumer products that still contain toxic flame retardants. Learn more at the “Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium” on Feb. 10 at UC Berkeley. Among the event organizers is Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area. More>

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