October 1, 2001

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  lawrence's legacy

In the year 2001, Ernest Orlando Lawrence would have been 100 years old. We celebrate the inventor of the cyclotron, the University of California's first Nobel Prize winner, who gave his name to two national laboratories and created the team-based approach to modern science. Read about the man and his legacy, the revolutionary idea of the cyclotron, the landmarks of a remarkable life, and words of remembrance from those who knew him.

probing nanoscale superconductivity

Studying single atoms with a special scanning tunneling microscope is an extraordinary way to probe the electromagnetic characteristics of high-temperature superconductors. In the high-Tc superconductor BSCCO, researchers have pinpointed electronic states and quantum spin components of impurity atoms, suggesting the important role of magnetism in these still-mysterious materials.

outlining cell nuclei

To learn what goes wrong when cancer strikes, it's essential to study individual cells and their nuclei within tissues. But in real tissues and many cell cultures, cells are often tightly clustered; their boundaries and the borders of their nuclei are hard to distinguish. Now specialists in biological imaging and computer visualization have joined forces to develop new methods to mark and detect the boundaries of closely packed cells and nuclei crowded together under the microscope.

On a recent voyage to develop "a forensic science to detect biological activity in the deep sea," a SOLO float testing a new way to measure carbon sedimentation spent most of ten days hiding, due to an intermittent GPS. But it faithfully transmitted satellite data that aided a midnight recovery off California's wind-whipped Point Conception.

Researchers at the Advanced Light Source zoom in to achieve the highest overall resolution of the ribosome structure yet.

A sleek new prototype of a high-performance fume hood debuted after months of successful, energy-saving tests at the University of California at San Francisco.

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