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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.

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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>

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Join BERC for Its 5th Annual Resources Roundtable

The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative is hosting its 5th annual Resources Roundtable on Wednesday, Oct. 31. This year’s focus will bring together Bay Area innovators in the waste and materials management space to share ideas and best practices. Go here to register or learn more about this day-long symposium.

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Black Holes Ruled Out as Universe’s Missing Dark Matter

For one brief moment after the 2015 detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, astronomers held out hope that the universe’s mysterious dark matter might consist of black holes sprinkled throughout the universe. UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab physicists Uros Seljak and Miguel Zumalacárregui have dashed those hopes. More>

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‘Spacesuits’ Protect Microbes Destined to Live in Space

Newly developed “spacesuits” for bacteria allow them to survive in environments that would otherwise kill them. UC Berkeley chemists — including the Lab’s Peidong Yang — have developed the protective suits to extend the bacteria’s lifespan in a unique system that pairs live bacteria with light-absorbing semiconductors to capture carbon dioxide and convert it to chemicals that can be used by industry or, someday, in space colonies. More>

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Start-Up Companies Compete at Oct. 4 Smogathon

Start-ups focused on curbing air pollution will pitch their technologies before a panel of judges — including the Lab’s Dev Millstein — at a Smogathon on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. on campus. Two winners will emerge from this semifinal competition, one of several around the world, to participate in the finals in Krakow, Poland. The local event is sponsored by the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative. More>

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Berkeley Quantum to Accelerate Innovation in Quantum Information Science

Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley are announcing the formation of Berkeley Quantum, a partnership designed to accelerate and expand innovation in quantum information science (QIS). Berkeley Quantum will advance U.S. quantum capabilities by establishing powerful research alliances among UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and their partners. They will bring their strengths in QIS research, theory, algorithms, and applications to help solve, together, some of the most difficult problems in quantum science. 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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Lab Shuttle and Skateboarder Collide on Sept. 12

According to Berkeley police, on Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, a man on a skateboard collided with a Berkeley Lab shuttle bus in Downtown Berkeley. The individual was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries. The Lab’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety policy offers ways to stay safe while walking, cycling, and driving at Berkeley Lab.

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Lab Materials Scientists Work to Concoct the Bluest Blue Ever Created

A group of UC Berkeley students, including the Lab’s Arunima Balan and Joseph Swabeck, are working with an artist-in-residence on campus to engineer a new pigment of blue, called “Quantum Blue.” The project offers the opportunity to introduce nanoscientific principles in an accessible way to a broader audience. “People can relate to art,” Balan says. “People cannot relate to quantum dots.” More>

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