Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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What will workers do to clean up the radioactive water?
Over the short term, they won't be able to do much. "You move people out of the way, and then you take stock," said Berkeley Lab's Thomas McKone.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Oakland City Council President Larry Reid in his letter left no doubt that he is "keenly aware" that a new campus in Oakland would bring prestige, professional jobs and an economic catalyst to Oakland. More>
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
QUEST on KQED
Japan’s nuclear power crisis is renewing debate over the topic of safety at nuclear power plants. Andrea Kissack talks with two men with very different opinions on the issue: Bill Magavern, head of the Sierra Club California and Ed Morse, UC Berkeley professor and researcher at Berkeley Lab.
The Molecular Foundry's Jeff Urban was interviewed Tuesday on CNN’s Newsroom broadcast as part of the show's Big I (idea, innovation, intelligence) segment, titled "Are Americans Ready for Hydrogen-Fueled Electric Cars." Urban discussed his recent research breakthrough in using a nanocomposite material for hydrogen storage, as well as the issues involved in using this potential fuel safely and effectively.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Officials are trying to calm nerves in California by reassuring everyone there is no serious threat of radiation from Japan after reports from some scientists that radiation particles in the jet stream will reach Los Angeles by Friday. The federal government has moved more monitoring stations to the west coast to help in that effort. If or when any radioactive particles from Japan reach California, little plastic filters will tell scientists exactly what is floating in the air. One such filter was installed Wednesday on the roof of UC Berkeley's Department of Engineering building. Downstairs in the basement, nuclear engineers monitor the readings around the clock. "We want to tell the public and you and everyone what radiation, if there is any, what radiation we have to deal with," Berkeley Lab's Kai Vetter said.
On January 12, 2010, as all the world knows, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. Yet fewer realize that just two years earlier, the quake had been forecast with amazing accuracy. In exclusive coverage, NOVA scienceNOW accompanies a team of U.S. geologists into Haiti after the tragedy, trying to determine if more quakes are coming. The film team then heads to California, where scientists are uncovering hints of massive destruction yet to come. Story includes quote from Ernie Majer of Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed the thoughts of many Americans when she said Wednesday what's happening in Japan raises questions about the safety of nuclear plants here in the United States. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports that nine major American cities are within 50 miles of a reactor. At Fukushima those spent rods have caused big problems.There was some hydrogen that's generated in the spent fuel somewhere in that facility that ignited and blew the roof off," said Thomas McKone, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. More>
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
The tour was her fiancé, James Larmer's idea. The lab offers visitors a chance to look through high-powered electron microscopes. When Debra Winter looked through a microscope, she saw something pretty dazzling, an engagement ring. That is when Larmer got down on one knee and popped the big question.
The lab helped him set the whole thing up.
Winter said yes. More>