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.
On Monday, March 31, former Lab Director Steve Chu presented a talk on “Optical Microscopy 2.0” as well as the energy/climate challenge.
To date, 22 Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) projects have attracted more than $625 million in private-sector follow-on funding after ARPA-E’s investment of approximately $95 million. ARPA-E earlier this week hosted a summit and technology showcase. As part of that event, four project videos were debuted, one of which, on biofuels, mentions the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Jim Kirby (Physical Biosciences), and Christer Janssen (Earth Sciences). More>
When a supercomputing center installs a new system, users are invited to make heavy use of the computer as part of the rigorous testing. In this video, find out what top scientists have discovered using Edison, a Cray XC30 supercomputer, and how NERSC’s newest supercomputer will accelerate their future research. More>