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Monday, Nov. 23, 2009


Real-Time Brain Cortical Simulation is Gordon Bell Winner


A team of researchers from the IBM Almaden Research Center and Berkeley Lab won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in the special category for their development of innovative techniques that produce new levels of performance on a real application. BlueMatter, a new algorithm, exploits the Blue Gene supercomputing architecture in order to noninvasively measure and map the connections between all cortical and sub-cortical locations within the human brain using magnetic resonance diffusion weighted imaging. Mapping the wiring diagram of the brain is crucial to untangling its vast communication network and understanding how it represents and processes information. More>

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Directorate: First Video Message From New Director Alivisatos

paul videoOn his first full day as the new director of Berkeley Lab, Paul Alivisatos
prepared a video message to employees regarding his excitement about the future of the lab. Click here to watch the three-minute video, the first in a new series of regular video updates from the Director.

Research: Beams are Back in the Large Hadron Collider

LHCParticle beams are once again zooming around the world’s most powerful particle accelerator — the Large Hadron Collider — located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. On Friday, No. 20, at 1 p.m. (PT), a clockwise circulating beam was established in the LHC’s 17-mile ring. Over the weekend, a counterclockwise beam was also established. Although the beams have not yet been focused, the CERN press office indicates that proton on proton collisions are possible at any time. More>

clean roomResearch: Making Semiconductor Manufacturing More Energy-Efficient

Scientists at Berkeley Lab, in cooperation with the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), are releasing for beta testing a computer-based tool to help the world’s semiconductor manufacturing facilities (“fabs”) evaluate and improve their energy efficiency. FABS21 users can benchmark a facility across a set of years, as well as compare to a group of similar facilities. They can filter the peer facilities dataset based on climate zone, facility type, and cleanliness level. More>

Shuttle Bus: Schedule Adjusted for Wednesday

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Lab’s shuttle bus services will alter final departure times on Wednesday: Building 65 — 6 p.m. for the Blue Route, 5:40 p.m. for Rockridge Route; Building 62/66 — 5:50 p.m. for the Orange Route; Potter St. — 5:25 p.m.; JBEI — 5:35 p.m.

flaskProcurement: Millipore, Qiagen Catalogs Available on eBuy

Direct connections to Millipore and Qiagen websites are now available in eBuy. Select “Government Scientific Source” on eBuy menu then click on either the Millipore or Qiagen logos to purchase products. Catalog prices are discounted, with additional promotional discounts on selected products. Direct purchase by users on eBuy is the best way for Lab users to buy Millipore and Qiagen products.

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