Today at Berkeley Lab

Detailed View of Immune Proteins Could Aid New Pathogen-Defense Strategies

Berkeley Lab biologists have resolved the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system for support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. The researchers captured a high-resolution image of a protein ring as it was bound to flagellin, a protein from the tail used by bacteria to propel themselves forward. More>

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Video of Christof Koch Lecture Now Available

Those who missed the Oct. 26 lecture by Christof Koch on “Big Science, Team Science, Open Science for Neuroscience” can view a recording of the presentation here. Koch, a neuroscientist best known for his work on the neural bases of consciousness, is chief scientist and president of the Allen Institute.

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‘Science Nation’ Video Highlights Lab’s Efforts to Restore Lost Languages

The video explores Project IRENE and its efforts to make digital versions of around 3,000 wax-cylinder recordings of indigenous languages at UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum. The project is using innovative optical scan technology developed by the Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell for the restoration. Watch the video here.

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Visiting Faculty Member Explores Machine Learning to Better Understand Science

Tiffani Holmes, an associate chemistry professor at Fort Valley State University, participated in the Visiting Faculty Program over the summer, collaborating with Wibe De Jong in the Computational Research Division. Her research involved using machine learning techniques to investigate new psychoactive substances that pose a dangerous threat to consumers. Watch>

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360-Degree Video of HERMAN, the Nanoparticle Robot

HERMAN is a robot that accelerates the synthesis of nanoparticles for a wide range of applications such as biosensors, smart window coatings, and display technologies. The one-of-a-kind robot at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry brings parallel processing and an extreme level of precision to the materials discovery process. More>

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Safety Reminder: Wet Weather Means Watch Your Step

The Lab’s terrain always presents challenges, and is particularly slippery in wet weather. Employees are reminded to walk mindfully, hold onto handrails, and pocket their phones to prevent accidents and injury. This “Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention” video shows on-site footage of hazards and how to avoid them.

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360° Video Takes You Inside Molecular Foundry Cleanroom

Take a spin around this cleanroom, where scientists make tiny devices such as antennas and sensors in a space that is nearly devoid of pesky dust. The Foundry attracts researchers from around the world, and the discoveries made in this nanofabrication cleanroom (and other labs in the Foundry) have led to big advances in energy tech, disease detection, and other applications.

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STOMP Performs ‘On’ CERN

The touring cast from the percussion show STOMP stopped at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to perform on accelerator parts such as a bubble chamber and an LHC dipole magnet near the Globe of Science and Innovation. Watch>

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Video of Secretary Moniz’s Speech to the National Press Club

In one of his final public speaking appearances in Washington, Moniz discussed how an increased focus on science and research and development has informed better policymaking and technology solutions, and how to protect the independence and integrity of scientists at the DOE and its 17 National Labs. He also unveiled the “State of the National Labs” report. Video>

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New Websites for Lab Video, Photography Services

Need video or photos to promote your science, share news, feature researchers, or cover a special event? Learn more about these services on their newly launched websites, including details on how to make requests, the production process, rates, and contact information. Go here for video website and here for photo website.

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