Monday, November 20, 2017

Week Ending Nov. 17

The International Business Times wrote about the search for dark matter and cited a recent Lab experiment. (Nov. 16)

Newsweek reported on an X-ray study of parrotfish teeth at the Advanced Light Source, based on a Lab news release. It was also covered in LiveScience, Xinhua, the Independent, Le Figaro,, Asia Pacific Daily, and Dental Tribune. Several of the articles quote Matthew Marcus, including Le Figaro, which quotes him as saying: “Je me suis dit, mais comment ces poissons qui dévorent du corail à longueur de journée ne perdent-ils pas leurs dents?” (Nov. 15)

Singapore’s Straits Times wrote about green buildings and a collaboration with the Lab on zero energy buildings. (Nov. 15)

A Lab release on the discovery of a new type of biofuel enzymes was covered by Xinhua. (Nov. 14)

Jiang Lin is quoted in a New York Times article about China’s continued use of coal while trying to lead on climate. (Nov. 14)

The launch of Caltech’s Zwicky Transient Facility was widely covered. The Lab is among the partners in the facility. Articles appeared in Astronomy Now, Science, and The Guardian, among others. There was a related press release by Caltech.

Green Car Congress wrote about a fuel cell study at the ALS, based on a Lab news release. It was also covered in Nanowerk. (Nov. 14)

An MIT Technology Review article on a new battery startup quoted Gerd Ceder. (Nov. 14)

NMP (National Mortgage Professional Magazine) wrote about a recent Lab study on energy factors in commercial mortgages. (Nov. 14)

USA Today cites the Lab in an article about how to cut your home electricity bill. (Nov. 13)

Cyclotron Road’s Etosha Cave made 7x7 Magazine’s “Hot 20” list of Bay Area innovators. (Nov. 13)

CNET cites the Lab in an article about China’s supercomputers. (Nov. 13)

A Scientific American article on whether proteins were the first self-replicating molecule cites a study by Ron Zuckermann. (Nov. 12) cited a Lab report in an article about greenhouse gas emissions from air conditioners. (Nov. 10)

Bo Hang is quoted in an article about how to get rid of the the smoke smell in your car. (Nov. 10)

Bonus link of the week: An ORNL nuclear physicist talks to Knox News about how working at a DOE national lab is and isn’t like the fictional Hawkins National Laboratory of “Stranger Things,” and whether it’s possible to open a portal to another dimension.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week Ending Nov. 10

An AP story on California fire cleanup mentions the Lab working with USGS to monitor water runoff. (Nov. 10)

Peter Nugent is quoted in a USA Today article covering a Lab feature on "the star that wouldn't die." The collaboration was widely covered in the media, and Nugent was also quoted in and Discovery Magazine. (Nov. 9) 

Newsweek magazine and the International Business Times wrote about a Lab experiment on the search for dark photons using the BaBar detector, which was covered in a Lab news release. (Nov. 9)

Dev Millstein is quoted in an article in Yale Climate Connections covering a Lab report on the healthcare cost savings resulting from renewable energy. (Nov. 8)

Patrick Shih is cited in a Daily Cal piece covering a Lab release on the origins of photosynthesis. (Nov. 8)

A study by Pouya Vahmani and Andrew Jones on water savings associated with cool roofs is covered in (Nov. 8)

A Nature News article on a genetically modified apple quoted Mary Maxon. The article also appeared in Scientific American and the International Business Times covered it as well.  (Nov. 7) 

A Gizmodo article on quantum computing featured a photo of an 8-qubit quantum processor at Shyh Wang Hall, and quoted Irfan Siddiqi. The reporter visited the Lab as part of an Oct. 29 tour in conjunction with the World Conference of Science Journalists. (Nov. 7) 

Tonya Petty is quoted in a Daily Cal story about the UC Berkeley campus cutting its emergency management office. (Nov. 5)

Galen Barbose is quoted in an IndyStar article about a new Indiana solar law phasing out net metering. (Nov. 5) The Lab’s Electricity Markets & Policy Group is cited in another IndyStar article about political kickbacks for solar policy in Indiana. (Nov. 6)

The Lab is mentioned in a Fresh Air interview with Michael Lewis about Trump appointees. (Nov. 6)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Oct. 29, 2017

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. 
Strategic Communications helped launch international Dark Matter Day, held on Oct. 31. Heather Gray, Dan McKinsey, and Karol Krizka (substituting for Zach Marshall) appeared at an event Oct. 29 at Chabot Space & Science Center, Lucie Tvrznikova spoke at an Oct. 11 Nerd Nite SF event, and Peter Sorensen spoke at the California Academy of Sciences on Oct. 31. Newsweek magazine also covered the launch of this inaugural event:

On Oct. 30, the Lab coordinated a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with Dan McKinsey on dark matter. 

And a New Yorker magazine story also looked at the hunt for dark matter, including the planetarium show, “Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter,” produced in part by the Lab’s Michael Barnett.

A screening of the “Phantom of the Universe” in Mexico took place last week and involved Barnett and the Lab’s George Smoot. Mexican news outlets Reforma and El Universal also covered it. 

A Nov. 2 Nature story on the possible finding of a large chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid noted previous research by Luis Alvarez. His efforts were also noted in stories in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, Australian Broadcasting, PBS News, and Gizmodo, among others.

A Nov. 2 Quanta magazine story looked at new insights into proteins and included work by Ron Zuckermann.

A Nov. 2 Nature book review looked at the history of the IceCube project and included the Lab’s involvement.

A Nov. 1 Wired magazine story on an effort to catalogue every microbe on earth quoted Nikos Kyrpides.

A Nov. 1 PV Magazine story, based on a Lab news release, looked at work by Gerbrand Ceder that may lead to increased capacity in lithium ion batteries.

A Nov. 1 Financial Times story on the potential of quantum computing quoted Marcos Lopez de Prado.

An Oct. 31 California magazine Q&A with Richard Muller touched on his work in energy and climate change.

An Oct. 30 New Scientist story on carbon emissions quoted Charlie Koven, citing some of his recent research.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Oct. 22, 2017

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 recent NBC News online story looked at research from the Lab showing how reflective roofs can help cut water consumption, and quoted Pouya Vahmani.

An Oct. 29 RTO Insider story highlighted a talk on distributed solar by Chuck Goldman.

An Oct. 25 Science News for Students story highlighted work led by Hoi-Ying Holman looking at microbes on human skin. Her work first appeared in a Lab news release.

An Oct. 25 Utility Dive story looked at a new collaboration between the Lab and Hydro-Quebec. Electric, Light & Power magazine, NGT News and Aveq, Canada, were some of the other outlets covering the announcement based on a Lab news release.

An Oct. 23 TechBriefs Q&A featured the Lab’s Haimei Zheng looking at her work in materials sciences.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Berkeley Lab In the News, Week of Oct. 15, 2017

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. 
An Oct. 20 Solar Industry Magazine story looked at a new report co-led by Naïm DarghouthGalen Barbose, Andrew Mills and Ryan Wiser showing the impact of solar storage.

On Oct. 20 R& ran a feature based on a Lab news release that looked at the development of a multinozzle emitter from Lab start-up, Newomics, started by Daojing Wang.

An Oct. 20 story, based on a Lab news release, showed how cool roofs can lead to water efficiency, work led by Pouya Vahmani and Andrew Jones. ran a similar story. 

An Oct. 17 story in The Atlantic on the California fires quoted Michael Wehner.

An Oct. 16 San Jose Mercury News story on the observation of neutron stars colliding quoted Daniel Kasen who, along with Peter Nugent, participated in the new findings. The work was highlighted in a Lab news release and also appeared in the Daily Cal, Yahoo! News, Santa Cruz Sentinel, East Bay Times, insideHPC, and many others.

An Oct. 16 Daily Cal story on MacArthur Fellowship winners quoted Carl Haber, a past winner of the prestigious prize.