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6 Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Six Berkeley Lab scientists have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program. The six Berkeley Lab recipients are among 84 awardees selected this year, including 30 from DOE’s national laboratories. More>

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DOE Awards Berkeley Lab $800,000 for Low-Cost Desalination System

A team led by ETA’s Robert Kostecki is one of 14 awardees whose research is focused on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology reach new markets, including areas that are not connected to the electric grid. More>

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area and UC Berkeley are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via Science Search, a web-based search engine for scientific data that the Berkeley team is building. More>

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Cyclotron Road to Give TED-Style Talks at Silicon Valley Energy Summit

This Thursday, June 21, Cyclotron Road fellows Colin Bailie, Andrew Hsieh, Jess Morrison, Sarah Richardson, Vince Romanin, and Jared Schwede will share their visions of our energy future in short, TED-style talks at the Silicon Valley Energy Summit, hosted by Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. Go here to see the full agenda or to register.

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Scientists Create Continuously Emitting Microlasers With Nanoparticle-Coated Beads

Researchers have found a way to convert nanoparticle-coated microscopic beads into lasers smaller than red blood cells. These microlasers, which convert infrared light into light at higher frequencies, are among the smallest continuously emitting lasers of their kind ever reported and can constantly and stably emit light for hours at a time, even when submerged in biological fluids such as blood serum. More>

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Shape-Shifters: Foundry Researchers Find Peptoids Unexpectedly Change Shape When Forming Nanosheets

Peptoids are artificial versions of nature’s peptides that can readily self-assemble into nanosheets. Recently, an international team of researchers led by Molecular Foundry scientists discovered that peptoids can change shape when they form a nanosheet. More>

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Carl Haber’s Project IRENE Helps Cal Student Rediscover Native American Heritage

Project IRENE, an audio digitization method invented by Lab physicist Carl Haber, made it possible for anthropologists to turn fragile wax cylinder recordings of Native American languages into digital sound archives — and for a UC Berkeley student to reconnect with his family and Native American culture. More>

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From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research

From moon rocks to meteorites, and from space dust to a dinosaur-destroying impact, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin. More>

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New Tool Created at Geosciences Measurement Facility Advances Geothermal Research

A new instrument developed at the Geosciences Measurement Facility by Yves Guglielmi and Paul Cook will help researchers working to identify ways to improve enhanced geothermal systems technologies. Go here to watch a video on the new instrument.

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Meet Leda: Mother of Light Is Also New ALS Insertion Device

In Greek mythology, Leda is a Spartan queen and mother of the twins Castor and Pollux. In reference to the myth, Leda is also the name of the ALS’s recently delivered insertion device — an in-vacuum undulator. For the next eight months, Leda is taking up residence in the Building 15 high bay, awaiting installation during the January 2019 shutdown. More>

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