Paul Alivisatos accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Oak Ridge National Lab, receiving a dousing by physics Nobelist Saul Perlmutter and cancer researcher Mina Bissell, who used SF Bay water in deference to California’s drought. Berkeley Lab scientists have helped contribute to the science of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The Dark Energy Survey kicked off its second season, snapping shots of deep space with its 570-megapixel camera mounted on the Victor M. Blanco Telescope in Chile. Berkeley Lab designed and fabricated all 62 of the CCDs in the camera, which will be used over the survey’s five-year mission to investigate dark energy and its impact of our universe.
Berkeley Lab researchers have carried out a proof-of-concept Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiment in which a mixture of hydrocarbons and water was analyzed using a high-sensitivity magnetometer and a magnetic field comparable to that of the Earth.
A project begun some 13 years ago by Berkeley Lab’s Jay Keasling was culminated with an announcement from the partnership of Sanofi, the multinational pharmaceutical company, and PATH, the nonprofit global health organization, that 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetic artemisinin have been shipped to malaria-endemic countries in Africa.
The severe pollution common in much of India offers an opportunity to better understand air pollution’s causes and effects. A Berkeley Lab researcher is employing unique approaches to studying India’s air pollution in an effort to develop global strategies for combating it.
In partnership with Save the Bay, Berkeley Lab volunteers helped to transplant over 2,200 baccharis glutinosa seedlings along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland recently. This native perennial plant supports the local marsh ecosystem and creates habitat for wetland animals and insects.
Eight Bay Area high school students are participating in this summer’s iCLEM program, earning money and gaining “college knowledge” while conducting bioenergy research in the state-of-the-art scientific laboratories of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). iCLEM stands for Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology.