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May 30, 2006

S@BL Suppositions

MAD Magazine's takeoff on the New York Times motto is "everything that fits, we print." Well, Science@Berkeley Lab has made a few things fit so you can print them yourself. Cut. Print. It's a pdf.

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Closer to a Super Solar Cell

Indium gallium nitride could help make a superbly efficient solar cell, one that would respond to the entire spectrum of sunlight instead of only a fraction. There's a catch: no one has ever been able to make a form of indium nitride that can conduct positive charges. Until now.
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Old Microbes, New Drugs

The most promising antimalarial drug comes from a plant, but extracting the drug isn't cheap, and those who need it most can't afford it. Now the same yeast used to make bread and beer is being altered in hopes of producing artemisinin cheaply and efficiently.  
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Quantum Logical Thinking

Quantum computers will be essential for performing certain calculations impossible by any other means. There are lots of schemes for making quantum computers, but the best quantum computer might be one that shares its ancestry with its classical computer forebears, namely silicon technology.

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Interfering Neutrinos

Against all expectations, neutrinos have mass (albeit incredibly small mass) and oscillate as they travel, changing their stripes in flight. Are they also their own antineutrinos? A thought experiment suggests a way to find out.
  In Series  
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Long before malignant cells announce their tendency to become cancerous, their mutated genomes start cranking out stranger patterns of proteins. This second in a series on new applications of genomic knowledge looks at a technique combining fluorescent microscopy and computerized image analysis that may be able to detect telltale distributions of proteins characteristic of tumor-like genomes — a way to catch breast cancer early.
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  Science@Berkeley Lab Profiles Robin Lafever  
Berkeley Lab engineer Robin Lafever has a gift for visualization in motion. In the past 15 years he's worked on projects big and small, including a long and satisfying stint on the SNAP satellite. But before that his adventures took him deep into tropical jungles and into the heart of the Death Star.
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