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Science at the Theater Cleantech Pitchfest in San Francisco on June 1

Which of six big new ideas designed to help transform our carbon-drenched, overheating world should get the first shot? Lab scientists have eight minutes to persuade you their technology has the most promise. Cast your vote at the Marine’s Memorial Theatre (located near the Powell St. BART station) from 7 to 9 p.m. More>

Watch Bill Collins’ Science at the Theater Talk on Climate Change

In a conversation with Public Affair’s Jeff Miller, Bill Collins, an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science, discusses what we know about climate change, how we know it, and what we can do about it. More>

Bill Collins to Give Climate Change Talk on March 24; Will be Live Streamed

As part of Public Affairs’ Science at the Theater series, Bill Collins of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area will present “Climate Change is Here: Now What?” on Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. He will explore what is known about climate change and what we can do about it. While registration for attendance is closed, the talk will be live streamed. More>

‘Big Questions’ Answered at April 29 Science at the Theater

Those who missed the April 29 event in downtown Oakland can catch the presentation of “Five Big Questions,” featuring Judy Campisi on cancer and aging, Kai Vetter on radiation and public safety, Javier Ceja-Navarro on beetles, biofuels, and combustion, Ann Almgren on simulating supernovae, and Shashi Buluswar on his Urban Food Initiative. Go here to watch the video.

Science at the Theater Audience Votes on Most-Urgent Science Questions

If you missed the March 23 Science at the Theater, then here’s a chance to catch the presentation. Scientists discussed the big questions that spurred their research, then audience members voted on which question science should answer first. Go here to find out how the polling turned out.

5 Big Questions Answered at March 23 Science at the Theater

Every discovery and invention starts with a question. From wave energy to dark energy, come see Lab scientists dive into the big questions that drive their research. The event takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater from 7 to 9 p.m. Go here for more information and to RSVP.

Lab Scientists Present Eight Big Ideas in Eight Minutes

Eight researchers took the stage at the Kaiser Center Auditorium in Oakland last week to discuss their research, from solar-powered vaccine refrigerators and cool roof maps, to radiation pills and space dust.

Using Carbon to Control the Light

The flip of a light switch — a nano-scale light switch — may some day dramatically boost the speed of data transmission, from streaming movies to accelerating the most data-intense computation. Today, information flow in a computer is based on electrical pulses. But if an electrical signal could instead control a light switch, the “ones and zeros” that give data meaning could race through computer circuits at ten times the current speed. A ten-fold increase in speed would mean a similar spike in the volume of information that can be processed. Research on this nano-scale light switch is being conducted by Berkeley Lab materials scientist Feng Wang, as part of his UC Berkeley Bakar Fellowship. More>

Vote for the Next Big Tech Idea at ‘Science at the Theater’ Event

Like a science version of the popular show “Shark Tank,” the Lab’s next Science at the Theater event will feature researchers “pitching” their technologies, then audience members and panel of judges will vote on which one most benefits society. The Monday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. event takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Researchers and their technologies include: Guoying Chen (Making Better Batteries), Sylvain Costes (Tracking and Hacking Personal DNA Damage), Steven Lanzisera (Making Energy Measurement Stick), Gloria Oliver (Molecular Velcro), and Alex Zettl (Dress Code for Martians). RSVP here. The show will also be webcast. Send questions via tweet (@BerkeleyLab) or e-mail ([email protected]).

Lab Researchers Share Their ‘Big Ideas’ at Recent Theater Talk

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.