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Coupling Experiments to Theory to Build a Better Battery

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A Berkeley Lab-led team of researchers has reported that a new lithium-sulfur battery component allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles.
18-Jan-2018 10:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

X-Rays Reveal ‘Handedness’ in Swirling Electric Vortices

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Scientists used spiraling X-rays at Berkeley Lab to observe, for the first time, a property that gives left- or right-handedness to swirling electric patterns – dubbed polar vortices – in a layered material called a superlattice.
12-Jan-2018 3:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

All in the Family: Focused Genomic Comparisons

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In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, the DOE Joint Genome Institute and the Joint BioEnergy Institute report the first outcome from the large-scale sequencing of...
11-Jan-2018 4:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

Ingredients for Life Revealed in Meteorites That Fell to Earth

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A detailed study of blue salt crystals found in two meteorites that crashed to Earth – which included X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab – found that they contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds including hydrocarbons and...
9-Jan-2018 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Real World Native Biocrusts: Microbial Metabolism

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Specific compounds are transformed by and strongly associated with specific bacteria in native biological soil crust (biocrust) using a suite of tools called “exometabolomics.” Understanding how microbial communities in biocrusts adapt to harsh...
4-Jan-2018 3:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

When One Reference Genome is Not Enough

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A pan-genome is a valuable resource for unlocking natural diversity. Having plant pan-genomes for crops important for fuel and food applications would enable breeders to harness natural diversity to improve traits such as yield, disease resistance,...
20-Dec-2017 12:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

A Functional Genomics Database for Plant Microbiome Studies

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In Nature Genetics, a team led by JGI researchers assembled a catalog of bacterial genomes to identify and characterize candidate genes that aid bacteria in adapting to plant environments, specifically genes involved in bacterial root colonization.
19-Dec-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Star Mergers: A New Test of Gravity, Dark Energy Theories

Observations and measurements of a neutron star merger have largely ruled out some theories relating to gravity and dark energy, and challenged a large class of cosmological theories.
18-Dec-2017 2:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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