Today at Berkeley Lab

Expanding the Infrared Nanospectroscopy Window

For applications in telecommunication, medicine, and homeland security, scientists want to be able to study nanoscale phenomena that resonate in the far-infrared energy range, like the vibrations of protein molecules or the collective oscillations of electrons. At the Advanced Light Source, an infrared probe with nanoscale spatial resolution has now been expanded to cover previously inaccessible far-infrared wavelengths. More>

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Unwinding a Quadruple Helix to Help Develop Cancer-Fighting Drugs

Certain DNA sequences can fold into quadruple helix structures called G-quadruplexes. These sequences are present in nearly 40 percent of all human genes and in many oncogenes . With the help of the Advanced Light Source, researchers visualized the unfolding of a G-quadruplex by a protein called DHX36, gaining valuable insight into a possible target for drug development. More>

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Visiting Student Exposed to New Areas of Research and Creative Ideas at the Lab

Brooke Kuei, a Ph.D. student and budding science writer who is working at the Advanced Light Source, recently posted a blog on Medium talking about her experiences at the Lab. “I miss my friends at Penn State, my bed, and my daily routine back home, but working at Berkeley certainly has its perks: good weather, good food, and the opportunity to be part of a community that lives and breathes science,” she writes. More>

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Targeting Bacteria That Cause Meningitis and Sepsis

Left untreated, bacterial meningitis and sepsis can be deadly or lead to serious complications, including hearing loss and neurologic damage. Researchers have used the Advanced Light Source to determine the structure of a human antibody that broadly protects against these diseases. The structure provides insight into how the antibody works and suggests strategies on how to improve available vaccines. More>

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A 2D Lattice of Molecular Qubits for Quantum Computing

Quantum computers promise to solve intractable problems in topics from cryptography to artificial intelligence. To build these machines, we need to incorporate qubits (quantum bits of information) into a scalable, robust, solid-state architecture. With help from the Advanced Light Source, researchers developed a way to control the orientation and position of qubits in a two-dimensional molecular lattice. More>

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New Clues to Cut Through the Mystery of Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped scientists zero in on a low-temperature chemical mechanism that may help explain the complex molecular compounds that make up the nitrogen-rich haze layer surrounding Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. More>

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Lab Connections to 2018 Nobel Prize Winners

The scientific background report accompanying the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics — won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland — discussed R&D led by Wim Leemans at the Lab’s BELLA Center on laser-driven plasma accelerators. Also, Frances Arnold of Caltech, one of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, has connections to the Molecular Foundry, Advanced Light Source, JBEI, and the Biosciences Area. More>

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ALS’s Ashley White to Receive MRS Woody White Service Award

Ashley White, Advanced Light Source director of communications, was selected to receive the Materials Research Society’s 2018 Woody White Service Award. The award honors “outstanding individuals who have embodied MRS’s mission, vision, and values for an egalitarian interdisciplinary community advancing materials science and technology to improve the quality of life.”

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ALS Exhibitor Sessions Open to Staff

As part of the ALS User Meeting, 32 exhibitors will be showcasing their products. Staff are invited to meet with the exhibitors on the ALS patio outside Building 6, particularly on Tuesday from 10-11:30am and 2-3pm. The list of exhibitors is available here.

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Scenes From ‘A New Light for Berkeley Lab’ Celebration

The Building 50 Auditorium was filled to capacity on Sept. 28 as employees gathered for talks and presentations celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Advanced Light Source and ALS-U, a major upgrade project that recently received CD-1 approval from the Department of Energy. The festivities continued with a reception at the cafeteria, which featured a cake decorated with an image of the ALS’s spectacular bay view. Go here to view a slideshow of the event.

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