Friday, March 30, 2012

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 25, 2012

Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.


A March 30 New Scientist story looked at smart window research at the Lab and quoted Delia Milliron.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/03/smart-windows-keep-out---but-l.html


A March 29 San Francisco Business Times story noted the establishment of a Big Data institute to be led by Arie Shoshani. HPC Wire, Lab Manager and several other sites also covered the announcement.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2012/03/uc-berkeley-gets-10m-to-study-big-data.html

http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-03-30/steven_chu_announces_the_scalable_data_management_analysis_and_visualization_institute.html

http://www.labmanager.com/?articles.view/articleNo/7271/article/Secretary-Chu-Announces-New-Institute-to-Help-Scientists-Improve-Massive-Data-Set-Research-on-DOE-Supercomputers


A March 29 San Francisco Chronicle story on synthetic biology quoted the Lab’s Jay Keasling. A similar story ran in the Contra Costa Times.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/28/BAEC1NRIJ6.DTL

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20278049/critics-raise-safety-concerns-biotech-labs-at-berkeley


A March 28 Photonics.com story featured work on optical nanoantennas led by Jay Groves.

http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=50481


A March 27 Hindu Business Times story covered a new report led by the Lab’s Amol Phadke showing greater potential for wind energy in India. DNA India also covered the report.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/article3251570.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_power-crisis-winds-in-favour-of-india_1667041

Friday, March 23, 2012

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 18, 2012

Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.


A March 23 Asian Scientist story highlighted a Berkeley Lab report showing greater potential for wind energy in India. The report was led by Amol Phadke and was also covered by CleanTechnica, ScienceNewsLine, ScienceCodex, R&D magazine and others.

http://www.asianscientist.com/in-the-lab/lawrence-berkeley-national-laboratory-wind-energy-potential-in-india-2012/

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/22/india-wind-energy-potential/
http://www.winddaily.com/reports/Significantly_Higher_Potential_for_Wind_Energy_in_India_than_Previously_Estimated_999.html
http://www.sciencenewsline.com/nature/2012032117500013.html
http://www.sciencecodex.com/berkeley_lab_study_shows_far_higher_potential_for_wind_energy_in_india_than_previously_estimated-88266
http://www.myscience.cc/wire/significantly_higher_potential_for_wind_energy_in_india_than_previously_estimated-2012-lbl

http://www.rdmag.com/News/2012/03/Energy-Wind-Energy-Study-Shows-Higher-Potential-For-Wind-Energy-In-India-Than-Previously-Estimated/


A March 23 Business Spectator story on the changing costs of wind power cited work by Berkeley Lab.

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/wind-power-climate-change-renewables-energy-the-au-pd20120323-SN5KP?opendocument&src=rss


A March 23 The Engineer story on improving new organic electronic devices featured work led by the Lab’s Miquel Salmeron and Shaul Aloni. Hydrogen Fuel News, AZ Nano and New Electronics also covered their work.

http://www.theengineer.co.uk/sectors/electronics/news/researchers-seek-to-advance-thin-film-electronic-devices/1012090.article

http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/lawrence-berkeley-national-laboratory-nanoscience-researchers-experiment-with-organic-electronics-with-successful-results/852697/

http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-news/innovative-research-paves-way-for-better-organic-electronics/41197/

http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=24519


A March 20 Forbes magazine opinion piece by Berkeley Lab Advisory Board Chairman Craig Barrett stressed the need to invest in research universities.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2012/03/20/to-stay-on-top-the-u-s-must-invest-in-research-universities/


A March 20 San Francisco Business Times story covered a new microgrid for the Santa Rita Jail made possible by Berkeley Lab research led by Chris Marnay. SmartPlanet, UPI wire and Sustainable Business also covered the story.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2012/03/20/santa-rita-jail-gets-green-makeover.html

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/intelligent-energy/chevron-turns-a-mega-jail-into-a-microgrid/14281

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/03/21/Calif-jail-part-of-microgrid-project/UPI-70741332359741/

http://sustainablebusinessoregon.com/national/2012/03/santa-rita-jail-gets-a-green-makeover.html


A March 19 R&D magazine story highlighted research by the Lab’s Margaret Taylor on the effectiveness of cap and trade programs in helping develop innovative technologies to address climate change. Science Codex also covered her work.

http://www.rdmag.com/News/2012/03/Policy-And-Industry-Research-Suggests-Cap-And-Trade-Programs-Not-Sufficient-To-Spur-Innovation/

http://www.sciencecodex.com/new_research_suggests_cap_and_trade_programs_do_not_provide_sufficient_incentives_for_innovation-87986

Friday, March 16, 2012

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 11, 2012

Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.


A March 16 San Francisco Chronicle story on the installation of a microgrid at the Santa Rita Jail quoted the Lab’s Chris Marnay, who was instrumental in the establishment of the system.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/16/BUQ01NLJAB.DTL


A March 15 Spectroscopy Now story highlighted innovations in laser technology led by the Lab’s Rick Russo. The technique could one day lead to better geochronology.

http://www.spectroscopynow.com/coi/cda/detail.cda?id=26902&type=Feature&chId=1&page=1


A March 14 Science Codex story featured new biofuel research led by the Lab’s Harry Beller. The potential biofuel comes from chemical compounds known for their flavor and fragrance.

http://www.sciencecodex.com/a_fragrant_new_biofuel-87785

http://engineeringeconomist.blogspot.com/2012/03/fragrant-new-biofuel-researchers.html

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/News/2012/03/A-Fragrant-New-Biofuel/


A March 12 La Presse, Canada, story on the Large Hadron Collider quoted the Lab’s Jean-Francois Arguin on the search for the Higgs boson.

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/science/201203/11/01-4504502-dernier-sprint-vers-la-particule-de-dieu.php


A March 12 USA Today story on the recent ARPA-E innovation summit cited work by the Lab’s Christer Jansson into finding a biofuel from tobacco.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/story/2012-02-29/arpa-e-energy-innovation-summit/53490924/1


A March 12 R&D magazine story on neutrino findings from the Daya Bay experiment quoted the Lab’s Kam-Biu Luk and William Edwards.

http://www.rdmag.com/News/Feeds/2012/03/energy-announcing-the-first-results-from-daya-bay-discov/

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/how_red_solo_cups_are_made_neutrino_oscillations_and_mixing_angles-87989


A March 11 IEEE Spectrum story on the debate over climate change cited recent work by the Lab’s Odelle Hadley and Thomas Kirchstetter on the changing reflectivity of snow due to soot.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/environment/climate-activists-and-skeptics-spar-in-a-new-key

Friday, March 9, 2012

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of March 4, 2012

Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.


A March 8 Scientific American story on research from the Daya Bay neutrino facility quoted the Lab’s Kam-Biu Luk. Similar stories ran in Nature, MSNBC, New Scientist, Red Orbit, and Xinhua News, among others.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=daya-bay-neutrinos

http://www.nature.com/news/neutrino-oscillations-measured-with-record-precision-1.10202

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46681972/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.T1qFPStSTlc

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21571-neutrinos-could-help-explain-missing-antimatter.html

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112490389/daya-bay-scientists-observe-previously-unseen-neutrino-transformation/

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2012/03/08/3124s685635.htm

http://ksjtracker.mit.edu/2012/03/09/livescience-xinhua-new-scientist-etc-the-third-mixing-angle-measured-or-maybe-we-learn-a-reason-matter-exists/


A March 7 Bay Citizen story highlighted research on the effect of soot on snow reflectivity led by the Lab’s Thomas Kirchstetter and Odelle Hadley. R&D magazine also covered their work.

http://www.baycitizen.org/climate-change/story/soot-major-suspect-melting-glaciers/

http://www.rdmag.com/News/2012/03/Environment-Global-Climate-Change-Berkeley-Lab-Quantifies-Effect-Of-Soot-On-Snow-Ice/


A March 7 TG Daily story featured research led by the Lab’s Rebecca Abergel into a promising treatment for radiation exposure. R&D magazine and other outlets also covered the story.

http://www.tgdaily.com/health-features/61910-single-pill-for-radiation-decontamination

http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20120206234846data_trunc_sys.shtml

http://www.rdmag.com/News/2012/03/Life-Science-Health-Environment-Chemistry-Fast-alternative-treatment-for-radiation-exposure-is-promising/


A March 7 Science Codex story on new discoveries into the anti-atom quoted the Lab’s Jonathan Wurtele and Joel Fajans.

http://www.sciencecodex.com/the_first_spectroscopic_measurement_of_an_antiatom-87436


A March 3 San Francisco Chronicle obituary noted the loss of nuclear physicist Ken Crowe.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/02/MNCROWEKEN030311.DTL

Friday, March 2, 2012

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Feb. 26, 2012

Berkeley Lab “In the News” is our weekly review of Lab researchers, staff, and students who have appeared in the news media this past week. This is but a sampling of our coverage. Please note that some links may expire after time.


A March 2 Science magazine story on bacteria and climate change featured work by the Lab’s Jenny Cappuccio. ZeeNews also covered her work.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6072/findings.full

http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/bugs-can-help-trap-underground-carbon-dioxide_760431.html


A March 1 R&D magazine story on innovations in laser technology featured work led by the Lab’s Rick Russo. LabManager and Product Design & Development also covered the research.

http://www.rdmag.com/Materials-Lasers-Analytical-Instrumentation-Innovation-to-allow-precise-geologic-dating-even-on-Mars/

http://www.labmanager.com/?articles.view/articleNo/7031/article/LAMIS---A-Green-Chemistry-Alternative-for-Remote-Controlled-Laser-Spectroscopy

http://www.pddnet.com/news-vaporizing-martian-targets-with-lasers-030212/


A Feb. 29 opinion piece in The Conversation, co-authored by the Lab’s David Bailey, touched on the topic of why so few scientists seem to be in top government jobs.

http://theconversation.edu.au/doctor-doctor-why-so-few-scientists-in-top-government-jobs-5561


A Feb. 28 San Francisco Business Times story covered the launch of JBEI’s first spinout company, called Lygos. BioFuelsDigest and Sustainable Business also covered the news.

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2012/02/28/lawrence-berkeley-lab-jbei-spinout-lygos.html

http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2012/03/01/shake-it-up-baby-rock-stars-of-biofuels-unveil-their-latest-hits/

http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/national/2012/02/lygos-spins-out-of-lawrence-berkeley.html


A Feb. 28 ZDNet story on improvements to spintronic materials highlighted work by the Lab’s Wladek Walukiewicz.

http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/qubits-and-pieces-10017876/impure-thoughts-to-improve-spintronics-materials-10025512/


A Feb. 27 CNet story featured work by the Lab’s Christer Jansson and his efforts to use tobacco leaves to produce biofuel. CleanTechnica, LabManager, and BioFuelsNews also covered the work.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57385767-76/tobacco-farms-a-vehicle-for-growing-fuel/?tag=txt;title

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/25/berkeley-lab-researchers-convert-tobacco-to-biofuel/

http://www.labmanager.com/?articles.view/articleNo/6977/article/Fill--Er-Up-With-Tobacco--Berkeley-Lab-Led-Team-Explores-New-Path-to-Biofuels

http://www.biofuels-news.com/industry_news.php?item_id=4653


A Feb. 25 SciTechDaily story covered research into the misfolding of proteins led by the Lab’s Paul Adams. Spectroscopy Now also featured the work.

http://scitechdaily.com/researchers-identify-key-element-behind-protein-misfolding/

http://www.spectroscopynow.com/coi/cda/detail.cda?id=26835&type=Feature&chId=3&page=1


The Lab’s Martha Stampfer was selected by Invitrogen as its March 2012 Gibco Cell Culture Hero. The Invitrogen website includes an interview with her.
http://www.invitrogen.com/site/us/en/home/brands/Gibco/gibco-50th.html