Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals, but bioengineers at UC Berkeley — led by Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Seung-Wuk Lee — saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens. Turkey skin, it turns out, can shift from red to blue to white, thanks to bundles of collagen that are interspersed with a dense array of blood vessels. More>
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This weekend Berkeley will host the West Coast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, a three-day event designed to encourage attendees to pursue careers in a field where women are still a minority. Talks, panel discussions, lab tours and a career fair will be held at UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the three co-hosts. The conference, which will draw nearly 170 women from the western U.S. who major in physics and related fields, is one of eight concurrent regional conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society that attract about 1,000 women nationwide. Speakers include 2011 Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter and physicist Frances Hellman. The video features Gabriel Orebi Gann, a UC Berkeley physics professor and Lab scientist in the Nuclear Sciences Division. More>
To young people with big dreams, the sky may be the limit. To make those dreams a reality, it might also be a good idea to log some quality time in downtown Berkeley. The penthouse suite on the 13th floor of the Chase Bank building affords a 360° degree view of San Francisco Bay, the Cal campus, and Berkeley Lab to the east. But inside, dozens of focused young men and women hardly look up from their computer screens. This is UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, a hatchery for new ideas from a new generation of entrepreneurs, including researchers at Berkeley Lab. More>
According to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers, population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse-gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, but these cities’ extensive suburbs essentially wipe out the climate benefits. Dominated by emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation, suburbs account for about 50 percent of all household emissions – largely carbon dioxide – in the United States. More>
Students in the Cal Forestry Club are holding their annual Christmas tree sale through Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, on the south side of Mulford Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The trees are harvested in the Sierra foothills and priced at $6 per foot. The event is a fundraiser to help Forestry Club students pay for their trip to the national convention of the Society of American Foresters. Tree species include white fir, red fir, and incense cedar.
The UC Botanical Garden, located just down the hill from the Lab’s Strawberry Gate, is hosting a holiday sale on its gift shop merchandise Friday, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event includes tastings, music, and a 10% discount off of purchases, which benefit the garden.
New work by researchers at UC Berkeley could soon transform the building blocks of modern electronics by making nanomagnetic switches a viable replacement for the conventional transistors found in all computers. Scientists exploited the special properties of the rare, heavy metal tantalum to make it happen. “This is a breakthrough in the push for low-powered computing,” says principal investigator and Berkeley Lab materials scientist Sayeef Salahuddin. More>
The American Cancer Society is once again sponsoring its Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 21. The program seeks to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, which will reduce cancer risks from smoking. UC Berkeley hosting a Thursday Smokeout event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on upper Sproul Plaza. Those who turn in a pack of cigarettes will get a free Boudin turkey sandwich. Go here for additional smoking cessation resources from University Health Services, which are open to Lab employees.
In a world awash in data, UC Berkeley is meeting the flood head-on by establishing a new institute to support faculty, researchers and students in their efforts to mine this information in areas as diverse as astronomy and economics, genetics and demography. The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, to be housed in the campus’s central library building, is made possible by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. Berkeley Lab physicist Saul Perlmutter is director of the new institute. More>