[Inside Science TV] A team led by Berkeley Lab physical bioscientist Seung-Wuk Lee is developing a new type of “soft” nanotech robot that could operate in extremely small spaces, including inside the body. “Our hair is 100 microns, so therefore we can make our materials smaller than our hairs,” Lee says. Activated by near-infrared laser light, the robots offer medical promise for new ways of delivering medicine, tissue engineering, or taking tissue samples without surgery. More>
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Donald Lucas of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division is among the experts featured in the new HBO documentary film “Toxic Hot Seat.” The movie explores the dangers of chemical flame retardants, which, they say, don’t seem to stop fires and make people sick. Lucas demonstrates how furniture foam that has fire retardants added to it can still burn, and that when covered with fabric the burning rate can increase. The fabric/foam combination also has a flame that produces more soot and toxic byproducts. The opening scene and a few other shots were filmed in Building 70. The documentary airs on Monday at 9 p.m. More>
Voto — a small, handheld fuel cell that converts heat from a cook stove into chemical energy that charges a battery — has received the top prize from Proto Lab’s “Cool Ideas’ awards program. Craig Jacobson developed the technology during his tenure as a materials scientist at Berkeley Lab. It was licensed to his company Point Source Power. Proto Labs is a manufacturer of prototype and low-volume parts. More>
A reel of black & white film shot nearly 60 years ago has surfaced at Berkeley Lab, depicting the discovery of Mendelevium — or Element 101 — as reenacted by some of the legendary scientists who did the actual work at that time, such as Al Ghiorso. Since the 1940s, Berkeley Lab scientists were locked in a race to synthesize new elements, and more often than not, they came out winners. Sixteen elements, most of them in the actinide series at the bottom of the periodic table, were discovered and synthesized by its researchers. More>
Those who missed Monday’s Science at the Theater Talk, or want to watch it again, can hear from eight Lab researchers discussing their “big ideas” in eight minutes. Topics included a pill to treat people exposed to radiation, generating electricity from viruses, mass spectrometry in hospitals, imaging atoms in 3-D, the Higgs Boson, supercomputing and the search for supernovae, a Google for materials, and designing synergistic materials for energy applications. Go here to watch individual videos of each topic.
Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Mina Bissell is among those featured in famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s new film entitled “At Berkeley.” She is featured at 5:18 in the trailer above, which was filmed during her talk at the Lab’s 2010 Open House. The film will be shown locally at the Roxie Theater in San Francsico and the Elmwood Theater in Berkeley for one-week run starting Dec. 6. Check with the theaters for specific screening times. More>
Last Wednesday, employees came together to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage represented by the Berkeley Lab. The booths and performances displayed a strong cross-section of our individual identities, expressed through food, dance, music, and cupcake challenges. Organizers wish to thank the volunteers, performers, and attendees who helped make the event successful. To help improve future events, participants are asked to fill out this evaluation form. Additional photos of the event are available here.
Brett Singer, a scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division is giving a research seminar at the California Air Resources Board this morning at 10 AM. It is titled “Kitchen Ventilation Solutions to Indoor Air Pollution Hazards from Cooking.” Download a PDF file of Singer’s slides, and find out more about the webcast here. Go here to check out the Lab’s latest video glossary entry on ventilation rate.