Today at Berkeley Lab

Scientists Bring Polymers Into Atomic-Scale Focus

A Berkeley Lab-led research has adapted a powerful electron-based imaging technique to obtain a first-of-its-kind image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer. The research could ultimately inform polymer fabrication methods and lead to new designs for materials and devices that incorporate polymers. More>

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Foundry Announces 2018 NanoArt Image Contest Winners

In celebration of National Nano Day, the Molecular Foundry User Community and the general public have selected the winners of the Foundry’s 2018 NanoArt Image Contest. The top three placements in each category will be professionally printed and displayed in the Molecular Foundry’s lobby in Building 67. More>

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TechWomen Delegates From Around the World Visit the Lab

The Lab hosted six researchers from five countries participating in TechWomen, an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department that connects early- to mid-career STEM professionals from Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East with their counterparts in the United States. The Molecular Foundry, Computational Research Division, and Energy Technologies Area each hosted delegates.

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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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