July 10, 2002

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  Using machines to
learn about life

Berkeley Lab researchers are learning more about life by relying on a robot that automatically mounts protein crystals in an x-ray beamline and uses the resulting data to decipher the protein's atomic makeup. The new robot is the first such device available to general users at a synchrotron.

A camera that stands
up to cosmic rays

Rugged Berkeley Lab CCDs will make the SNAP satellite's GigaCAM the largest, most sensitive astronomical imager ever constructed. What's more, their extremely low background noise and high efficiency in the face of massive doses of cosmic radiation mean their lifetime in space may be measured in decades, not years.

Serving the web with better efficiency

One of the biggest misconceptions about the California energy crisis was the role played by the internet. A new study concludes that energy use of web "server farms" is overestimated. And a new California Energy Commission study of data centers aims to further reduce energy use in the state.

Computer scientists and equipment vendors teamed up to demonstrate that
the new ten-gigabit-per-second Ethernet standard
is no fantasy.

More than pretty pictures, BioSig makes microscope images into a new source of quantitative biological information.

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