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Molecular Foundry Webcam Provides Bay View Even if You Don’t Have One

Not everyone at the Lab is fortunate enough to have a view, let alone windows. Not to worry … those who want to catch a glimpse of the beautiful vistas offered by the Lab’s hillside location can check out the Molecular Foundry’s webcam. Speaking of views, the Lab’s Robert Saye took this stunning photo, which blends two shots, one taken at noon and the other at 7 p.m.

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Last Day to Vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest

Today is the last day to cast your vote to help choose the People’s Choice winner in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest. The contest is part of the Foundry’s National NanoDay celebration. Check out the entries and cast your vote here.

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Join the Molecular Foundry in Celebrating #NationalNanoDay

The Molecular Foundry is celebrating #NationalNanoDay on social media. Tune in for the live YouTube broadcast from the Molecular Foundry that starts at 10:09 a.m. today. You can also vote in the Foundry’s NanoArt Image Contest and help select the People’s Choice. Winning entries will be printed and displayed at the Molecular Foundry. 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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Two Lab Science Slam Winners to Participate in ‘Uncharted Ideas’ Festival

The two-day festival (Oct. 5 and 6) explores the issues beyond today’s headlines via talks, performances, workshops, and an opening-night party with live music and food. Among those giving talks are recent Berkeley Lab Science Slam winners Michele Rosso (Friday at 12:10 p.m.), and Sinéad Griffin (Saturday at noon). More>

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Foundry’s Sinéad Griffin Wins First Place in Inaugural Lab-Wide Research Slam

Sinéad Griffin (center), an early-career staff scientist who specializes in condensed matter physics at the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Sciences Division, won first place and a cash price of $3,000 at the first annual Lab-Wide Research Slam last Thursday. Shyam Dwaraknath (left, Energy Technologies Area) won the second-place prize of $1,500, and Michele Rosso of the Computing Sciences Area won the People’s Choice Award of $750. More>

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Gut Bacteria’s Shocking Secret: They Produce Electricity

UC Berkeley scientists discovered that a common diarrhea-causing bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, produces electricity using an entirely different technique from known electrogenic bacteria, and that hundreds of other bacterial species use this same process. The scientists worked with the Lab’s Caroline Ajo-Franklin on this research. More>

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In the Transition From Metal to Insulator, Missing Oxygen Atoms Matter

The ability of certain advanced materials to switch from being metallic to insulating could be useful for building next-generation electronic devices. But how can this transition be controlled? Researchers have used the Advanced Light Source to show that, in one engineered material, defects in the form of missing oxygen atoms can serve as a “tuning knob” for the metal-to-insulator transition. More>

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Foundry Fall Seminar Series Begins Sept. 11

The next Molecular Foundry Seminar Series features a lineup of eight distinguished speakers whose research interests span the field of nanoscience. The series occurs every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Bldg. 67-3111, starting on Sept. 11. The Oct. 16 talk features Irfan Siddiqi, who will discuss QIS (Quantum Information Science) research efforts at the Lab and UC Berkeley. More>

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Q&A With Energy Sciences ALD Jeff Neaton

As part of its “Ringleader” series, the Advanced Light Source recently conducted a Q&A with Associate Lab Director for Energy Sciences Jeff Neaton. He discusses his career track, research interests, vision for the Energy Sciences Area, and what he likes to do in his spare time, such as riding bikes with his 7-year-old daughter. More>

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