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January 9, 2004
  A Special Issue:
Celebrating Decades of Progress at Two Great Science Centers
Twenty Years at the National Center for Electron Microscopy

"User facility" was a new concept when pioneering microscopist Gareth Thomas pitched the idea to Berkeley Lab's Nobel Prize-winning scientists in the '70s. He won them over by promising that the world's most powerful electron microscope could make atoms visible. Today NCEM still leads the way in imaging the very, very small.
  Feature Stories  
Concluding a series on energy-efficient public buildings: reducing costs and improving air quality in those not-so-temporary, "relocatable" school classrooms.
Headed for Mars? Eat wheat, the breakfast of astronauts — it's good for you, it's efficient, and it cleans up after itself.
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Ten Years at the Advanced Light Source

The first synchrotron to specialize in extreme ultraviolet light and soft x-rays took over the landmark site where Ernest Lawrence built his 184-inch cyclotron. At first the ALS had trouble keeping all its eager users happy. Today, supporting a growing number of users in exceptional research, the ALS is an ongoing scientific success story.
Irresistible Attraction

Just two years after building the world's most powerful dipole electromagnet, a Berkeley Lab team has built an even stronger, 16-tesla superconducting magnet. It could lead to a new breed of formidable yet cost-effective magnets to equip the world's leading particle accelerators, helping scientists unlock the stubbornest secrets of the subatomic world.