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Activities Galore at the Lawrence Hall of Science This Month

During January, visitors to the Lawrence Hall of Science can engineer their own marble or pinball machine, learn about the various ways animals prepare and protect themselves for winter, and discover what life is like for meerkats via a 3D movie. More>

Submissions Sought for Campus Art and Science Exhibit

Science at Cal’s winter art-and-science exhibit, entitled “Vision+Light: Processing Perception,” explores how artists and scientists create new ways of seeing, how imagery conveys information, and how the process of making images influences artists and scientists. Lab researchers/artists are invited to submit works for the exhibit by Jan. 28. The works will be on display on campus from Feb. 20 to March 14. More>

Fallen Eucalyptus on Gayley Road Causes Fatality; Orange Shuttle Rerouted

As reported in Berkeleyside, a person was killed after a 250-foot eucalyptus tree fell onto their car on Gayley Road yesterday, Jan. 6. Because the northern portion of Gayley road is still blocked to traffic (between Hearst Ave. and Stadium Rim Way), the Orange shuttle route will be using Blackberry Gate. Minor delays are expected. The roadway is expected to reopen later this afternoon.

Researchers Use Jiggly Jell-O to Make Powerful New Hydrogen Fuel Catalyst

A cheap and effective new catalyst can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best — but also most expensive — water-splitting catalyst out there. The catalyst is manufactured using a self-assembly process that relies on a surprising ingredient: gelatin, the material that gives Jell-O its jiggle. This research study was co-authored by Lab researchers Nathan Hohman and Chenhui Zhu. More>

Berkeley Lab Astrophysicist Featured in ‘Titans of the Cosmos’ Cover Story

Berkeley Lab’s Daniel Kasen is featured in the latest UC Berkeley [email protected] magazine in a cover story titled “Titans of the Cosmos.” Kasen studies cosmic explosions and has lately gained renown for his part in discovering what happens when two neutron stars crash together.

Campus Talk Today on Communicating Scientific Research

How can you synthesize and translate your research for lay audiences, begin to think about applied science for global challenges while still in graduate school, or become an expert science communicator for science gatherings, government and civil society groups, and the press? UC Berkeley’s Dan Kammen will answer these and other questions at 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 in UC Berkeley’s Blum Hall. More>

Lab’s Arielle Little Gives Talk on Exploring Quantum Materials on Nov. 16

Arielle Little of the Lab’s Materials Sciences Division will discuss the “weird and wonderful world of quantum materials” during a talk on Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Scarlet City Espresso Bar, at 3960 Adeline St. in Emeryville. UC Berkeley grad student Vinay Ramasesh will give a talk on “Exploring the Physics of Black Holes With Quantum Computers“ at the same event. More>

Campus Art Museum Hosts Exhibit on ‘Modern Art in the Age of Einstein’

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive is hosting an exhibition on “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” through March 3. There will be a talk on “Relativity and Quantum Mechanics Made Simple” by Abigail Polin and Victoria Xu on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Admission to the museum is free for Lab employees with ID.

Attend Lawrence Hall of Science Event Featuring NSF Director France Córdova

The Lawrence Hall of Science is hosting Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, for a presentation and reception on Nov. 5. Attendees will learn about the NSF’s current priorities, network with UC Berkeley faculty and community stakeholders, and make connections that enable further collaborations around broader impacts, education, and outreach activities. The event is free, but registration is required.

New Packard Fellow Leverages Time Crystals to Improve Quantum Measurement

Materials scientist Norman Yao has received a Packard Fellowship, which “allows the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements.” Yao was recognized for his theoretical, numerical and experimental work to “investigate new phenomena in systems that are far from thermal equilibrium.” More>