Today at Berkeley Lab

Hints From Hemoglobin Lead to Better Carbon Monoxide Storage

Carbon monoxide is an insidious poison because it loves the iron in our blood. This affinity for iron comes in handy in a newly created material that can absorb carbon monoxide far better than other materials, with potential applications in industrial processes like syngas production, where CO is a key player, and reactions where CO is an unwanted contaminant. More>

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Possible Protests on Campus This Afternoon and Tonight

In response to potential protests on campus today, the City of Berkeley will be closing Bancroft from College Ave. to Dana St. The north/south portions of streets between Durant and Bancroft will be closed from College Ave. to Dana St. The Lab’s Emergency Operations Center will monitor events, and employees will be notified of any adverse impacts to the Lab community.

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BASIS Science Outreach Program Sign-Up and Sept. 28 Kickoff Event

Sign up to become a science role model for elementary school students while teaching fun and engaging science and engineering lessons. Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is a fun, easy way to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Learn more at a kick-off event on Sept. 28, noon to 2 p.m. in 775 Tan Hall at UC Berkeley, which features hands-on activities and free pizza.

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Call for SkyDeck Applications; $100,000 in Startup Funding

Berkeley SkyDeck is now accepting applications for its Spring 2018 cohort through September 29, 2017. Accepted startups will be eligible to receive funding for up to $100,000 from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund. Go here to apply. If you have questions, contact Berkeley SkyDeck here.

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Attend the 2017 Berkeley Visionary Awards

Please join the Berkeley Chamber, City of Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and UC Berkeley in celebrating the 2017 Visionary Awards on Monday, Sept. 11th. The awards recognize and celebrate exceptional entrepreneurs who succeed in launching and growing their enterprises in Berkeley. The Chamber is offering a 50% discount on tickets for Lab employees. Use promo code “Visionary50.”

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Lab Physicist Gives August 19 Campus Talk on the Higgs Boson

Heather Gray of the Physics Division will introduce the complex experiments that are used to study the Higgs Boson particle and explain how researchers go about measuring its properties. Her lecture begins at 11 a.m. in 159 Mulford Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. More>

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Centennial Drive Restricted to One Lane on August 17

On Thursday, August 17, Centennial Drive will be restricted to one lane near the Strawberry Canyon Recreational Area for up to two hours in the early afternoon. Maintenance work is being performed on the north side of the road. Traffic will be directed by flaggers, who will allow both directions of traffic to alternate in a shared lane. Anticipate short delays.

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Possible Commute Impact Due to August 14 Cal Move-In Day

Roughly 5,500 to 6,000 incoming undergraduates and their families will be making their way through the streets of Berkeley to their residence halls (to check in, unload belongings, and visit the campus) on Monday, August 14. More>

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Apply for the Smogathon by August 15 to Fight Air Pollution and Win $100,000

On October 3, the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative at UC Berkeley will host a combined North and South American continental semifinal of the Smogathon 2017 Global Edition, a worldwide competition for projects that have the potential to fight air pollution with innovative science and technology. Go here to learn more. Applications are due by August 15.

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Berkeley Lab Camera Can ‘See’ Sound

The Lab’s Carl Haber (Physics) and Earl Cornell (Engineering) are applying a technology they developed that uses a unique camera instead of phonographic needles to extract audio from century-old wax cylinder recordings of Native American speakers from around California. More>

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