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>
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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>
As recently reported, Berkeley Lab and Columbia University researchers have identified short DNA sequences known as “PAM” as the reason the bacterial enzyme Cas9 is able to precisely target foreign DNA sequences within genomes that can be billions of base pairs long. The Columbia collaborators, led by Eric Greene and his grad student Sy Redding, have produced an animated video that shows how Cas9 and PAM work together to protect their host from viruses. Illustrated by Myles Marshall, who manages Greene’s laboratory, and set to theme song from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the video provides a fast and lay audience-friendly introduction to an enzyme that is fast becoming a valuable tool for genetic engineering.
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>
[R&D Magazine] A UC Berkeley team led by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Ali Javey has created a material that moves quickly in response to light. The material is made with carbon nanotubes layered onto a plastic polycarbonate membrane. The nanotubes can, within fractions of a second, absorb light, convert it into heat and transfer the heat to the plastic surface. The plastic expands in response to the heat, while the nanotube layer does not, causing the material to bend. “The advantages of this new class of photoreactive actuator,” Javey says, are that “it is very easy to make, and it is very sensitive to low-intensity light.” More>
The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) is the nation’s largest research program dedicated to the development of an artificial solar-fuel generation technology. Established in 2010 as a Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub, JCAP aims to find a cost-effective method to produce fuels using only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide as inputs. Berkeley Lab is the lead partner.
[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>
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>