Researchers have used a high-powered electron microscope to capture the birth of calcium carbonate crystals, one earth most important and abundant molecules. In doing so, they’ve demonstrated that pathways to different types of crystallization are varied and more complex than suspected. More>
The author of “African American Women Chemists” presented a talk on August 18 as part of the Lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. She described her life in science and how research was conducted before computers. More>
Lab researchers have recorded the first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes in solution, pointing the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and revealing that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale. More>
The discovery of the Higgs boson hasn’t settled the debate on supersymmetry, a framework that has been debated for decades. Filmmaker Liz Mermin featured Lab physicist Zach Marshall discussing the supersymmetry conundrum in a short film titled “Unrequited Love: Supersymmetry, one of a series of shorts called “CERN People.”
Glenn Kubiak discusses the strategic importance of the Lab’s new Financial System coming this fall, and what you can do to prepare. Learn more about the Financial Systems Modernization (F$M) Project.
HBO film features Don Lucas of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division discussing the dangers of flame retardants used in everyday products. Go here to view the video.
UC Berkeley professor Arlene Blum’s July 17 presentation looked at her trailblazing expeditions as a female climber, as well as groundbreaking research on the harmful affects of flame-retardants used on commercial products. Go here to watch the video.
Talks — presented by John Kuriyan, Warren Washington, George Smoot, and Saul Perlmutter — are posted on the NERSC website. More>
Watch Berkeley Lab Nobel Prize winners Saul Perlmutter and George Smoot, along with campus Nobelists Randy Scheckman and Daniel McFadden, in conversation with Chancellor Nick Dirks in this video. The Nobel Laureates appeared on stage on Cal Day to discuss the role of science in modern society and how they would apply scientific methods to approach the complex global issues we are dealing with today. Also, read a profile of Smoot in The Guardian, in which he comments on the recent discovery of gravitational waves as well as his appearance on the Big Bang Theory.