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Infrared Beams Show Cell Types in a Different Light

By shining highly focused infrared light on living cells, scientists at Berkeley Lab hope to unmask individual cell identities, and to diagnose whether the cells are diseased or healthy. They will use their technique to produce detailed, color-based maps of individual cells and collections of cells – in microscopic and eventually nanoscale detail – that will be analyzed using machine-learning techniques to automatically sort out cell characteristics. More>

Low-Cost Indoor Air Quality Home Monitors Get Mixed Reviews

Berkeley Lab researchers have recently tested seven consumer-grade air quality monitors to see if they could detect fine particles emitted by common household activities, including cooking and smoking. They found that four of the monitors could reliably detect high levels of particulate matter in the air, enabling the use of a ventilation system or an air cleaner to reduce pollutant exposure. More>

Algorithm Provides Early Warning for Tracking Groundwater Contamination

Berkeley Lab scientists have devised a technique for low-cost, real-time monitoring of pollutants in groundwater using commonly available sensors and an algorithm known as a Kalman filter. They verified their system by tracking plumes of tritium and uranium-238 at the Savannah River Site. More>

Light-Emitting Nanoparticles Could Provide Safer Way to Image Living Cells

A research team has demonstrated how light-emitting nanoparticles, developed at Berkeley Lab, can be used to see deep in living tissue. Researchers hope they can be made to attach to specific components of cells to serve in an advanced imaging system that can pinpoint even single cancer cells. More>

Stop By Berkeley Lab’s Booth at the Solano Stroll

The annual Solano Stroll is the largest street festival in the East Bay, featuring more than 500 vendors, including community organizations, crafters, music, and food. Berkeley Lab will be there as well, with friendly volunteers sharing information about our history and research. Stop by on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More>

High School Intern Is Posit-ive About Coding

Sanjana Shah is about to start her senior year in high school after completing her second summer internship with the Lab’s Computing Sciences Summer Student program. During her internship, she developed her own algorithms to help evaluate Posit, a new number format that has the potential to quickly and accurately crunch big data sets behind simulations processed at the Lab’s supercomputing facility. More>
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