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Newswise: Quantum Systems Accelerator Leads First “You Belong in Quantum” Webinar
Released: 12-Apr-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Quantum Systems Accelerator Leads First “You Belong in Quantum” Webinar
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), recently launched the “You Belong in Quantum Series!” in collaboration with the four other U.S. Department of Energy National QIS Research Centers. The initiative’s January 2024 webinar featured distinguished leaders in the field.

Newswise: NAWI Awarded Funding to Continue to Accelerate Research and Development for a Secure Water Future
Released: 11-Apr-2024 11:15 AM EDT
NAWI Awarded Funding to Continue to Accelerate Research and Development for a Secure Water Future
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), which is led by Berkeley Lab, has been extended for five more years with $75 million in funding fromDOE. NAWI will continue its contributions to helping decarbonize the water and wastewater sectors through investments in technologies that enhance the efficient use of energy for water use, treatment, and distribution.

Newswise: New Technique Lets Scientists Create Resistance-Free Electron Channels
Released: 9-Apr-2024 11:00 AM EDT
New Technique Lets Scientists Create Resistance-Free Electron Channels
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers have taken the first atomic-resolution images and demonstrated electrical control of a chiral interface state – an exotic quantum phenomenon that could help researchers advance quantum computing and energy-efficient electronics.

Newswise: How Scientists Are Accelerating Chemistry Discoveries With Automation
Released: 8-Apr-2024 11:00 AM EDT
How Scientists Are Accelerating Chemistry Discoveries With Automation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers have developed an automated workflow that could accelerate the discovery of new pharmaceutical drugs and other useful products. The new approach could enable real-time reaction analysis and identify new chemical-reaction products much faster than current laboratory methods.

Newswise: An Inside Look at How Plants and Mycorrhizal Fungi Cooperate
Released: 8-Apr-2024 6:00 AM EDT
An Inside Look at How Plants and Mycorrhizal Fungi Cooperate
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For millions of years, underground fungi have lived in symbiosis with plant roots. Researchers have been able to study both sides of this interaction up close, using RNA sequencing to understand gene expression: one of the first cross-kingdom spatially-resolved transcriptomics studies to date.

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1-Apr-2024 11:55 AM EDT
First Results from DESI Make the Most Precise Measurement of Our Expanding Universe
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers have used the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to make the largest 3D map of our universe and world-leading measurements of dark energy, the mysterious cause of its accelerating expansion

Newswise: Sweet Success: Researchers Crack Sugarcane’s Complex Genetic Code
Released: 27-Mar-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Sweet Success: Researchers Crack Sugarcane’s Complex Genetic Code
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists created a highly accurate reference genome for one of the most important modern crops and found a rare example of how genes confer disease resistance in plants. Exploring sugarcane’s genetic code could help researchers develop more resilient and productive crops, with implications for both sugar production and biofuels.

Newswise: It’s Hearty, It’s Meaty, It’s Mold
Released: 14-Mar-2024 6:00 AM EDT
It’s Hearty, It’s Meaty, It’s Mold
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Fungi naturally produce all the ingredients needed for a cruelty-free meat substitute. Our scientists are exploring how tuning the genomes of mushrooms and molds can transform these food sources into gourmet, nutrient-packed meals made with minimal processing and a light environmental footprint.

Newswise: Preventing Magnet Meltdowns Before They Can Start
Released: 11-Mar-2024 11:00 AM EDT
Preventing Magnet Meltdowns Before They Can Start
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

High-temperature superconductor magnets have the potential to lower the costs of operating particle accelerators and enable powerful new technologies like fusion reactors. But quenches – the sudden, destructive events wherein a part of the material loses superconductivity – are a major barrier to their deployment.

Newswise: EcoFABs Could Lead to Better Bioenergy Crops
Released: 29-Feb-2024 11:00 AM EST
EcoFABs Could Lead to Better Bioenergy Crops
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A greater understanding of how plants and microbes work together to store vast amounts of atmospheric carbon in the soil will help in the design of better bioenergy crops for the fight against climate change. Deciphering the mechanics of this mutually beneficial relationship is, however, challenging as conditions in nature are extremely difficult for scientists to replicate in the laboratory. To address this challenge, researchers created fabricated ecosystems or EcoFABs.

Newswise: New Consortium MetrANOVA to Create a Measurement and Analysis Toolbox for Research and Education Networks Worldwide
27-Feb-2024 10:00 AM EST
New Consortium MetrANOVA to Create a Measurement and Analysis Toolbox for Research and Education Networks Worldwide
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Five of the world’s leading research and education (R&E) networking organizations have joined forces to form MetrANOVA, a consortium for Advancing Network Observation, Visualization, and Analysis. Together, founding members Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), GÉANT, GlobalNOC at Indiana University, Internet2, and Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) operate and connect a dizzying number of national, regional, and local R&E networks — yet representing a portion of the decentralized fabric linking scientific researchers in hundreds of countries worldwide. MetrANOVA’s goal is to develop and disseminate common network measurement and analysis tools, tactics, and techniques that can be applied throughout the global R&E community.

Newswise: Air Pollution Hides Increases in Rainfall
20-Feb-2024 8:00 AM EST
Air Pollution Hides Increases in Rainfall
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In a new study, researchers broke down how human-induced greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions influence rainfall in the United States.

Newswise: Methane Emissions from Wetlands Increase Significantly over High Latitudes
Released: 15-Feb-2024 12:00 PM EST
Methane Emissions from Wetlands Increase Significantly over High Latitudes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Wetlands are Earth’s largest natural source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is about 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the atmosphere. A research team analyzed wetland methane emissions data across the entire Boreal-Arctic region and found that these emissions have increased approximately nine percent since 2002.

Newswise: In a Warming World, Climate Scientists Consider Category 6 Hurricanes
5-Feb-2024 3:00 PM EST
In a Warming World, Climate Scientists Consider Category 6 Hurricanes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For more than 50 years, the National Hurricane Center has used the Saffir-Simpson Windscale to communicate the risk of property damage; it labels a hurricane on a scale from Category 1 (wind speeds between 74 - 95 mph) to Category 5 (wind speeds of 158 mph or greater). But as increasing ocean temperatures contribute to ever more intense and destructive hurricanes, climate scientists wondered whether the open-ended Category 5 is sufficient to communicate the risk of hurricane damage in a warming climate.

Newswise: Watching the Enzymes that Convert Plant Fiber into Simple Sugars
Released: 5-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
Watching the Enzymes that Convert Plant Fiber into Simple Sugars
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and UC Davis sheds new light on how to access the sugars locked up in plants to produce petroleum-free fuels, chemicals, and medicines.

Newswise: Improving Climate Predictions by Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Microbes
5-Feb-2024 5:00 AM EST
Improving Climate Predictions by Unlocking the Secrets of Soil Microbes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab has developed a new model that incorporates genetic information from microbes.

Newswise: Rising Sea Levels Could Lead to More Methane Emitted from Wetlands
Released: 29-Jan-2024 11:15 AM EST
Rising Sea Levels Could Lead to More Methane Emitted from Wetlands
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A Bay Area wetlands ecosystem that was expected to serve as a carbon sink is emitting surprisingly high levels of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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Released: 22-Jan-2024 11:00 AM EST
Scientists Advance Affordable, Sustainable Solution for Flat-Panel Displays and Wearable Tech
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists have developed “supramolecular ink,” a new 3D-printable OLED (organic light-emitting diode) material made of inexpensive, Earth-abundant elements instead of costly scarce metals.

Released: 22-Jan-2024 11:00 AM EST
Scientists Advance Affordable, Sustainable Solution for Flat-Panel Displays and Wearable Tech
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists have developed “supramolecular ink,” a new 3D-printable OLED (organic light-emitting diode) material made of inexpensive, Earth-abundant elements instead of costly scarce metals.

Newswise: How FLEXLAB® Is Helping to Decarbonize the Grid, Communities, and Buildings
Released: 6-Dec-2023 11:00 AM EST
How FLEXLAB® Is Helping to Decarbonize the Grid, Communities, and Buildings
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers at the FLEXLAB® facility, a unique buildings testbed at Berkeley Lab, are helping the buildings and utilities sectors and U.S. policymakers develop new technologies for a zero-low-emissions grid.

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27-Nov-2023 6:00 PM EST
Google DeepMind To Add Nearly 400,000 New Compounds to Berkeley Lab’s Materials Project
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

New calculations from Google DeepMind grow Berkeley Lab's Materials Project, an open-access resource that scientists use to develop new materials for future technologies. Some of the computations were used alongside data from the Materials Project to test A-Lab, a facility at Berkeley Lab where artificial intelligence guides robots in making new materials.

Newswise: A Community Approach to Fixing Biology’s Big Data Problems
Released: 15-Nov-2023 11:15 AM EST
A Community Approach to Fixing Biology’s Big Data Problems
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

With today’s fast and automated analysis tools, the field of biology is bursting at the seams with datasets about gene sequences and expression in the microbiomes around us – and inside us.

Newswise: Scaling Up Nano for Sustainable Manufacturing
6-Nov-2023 7:30 PM EST
Scaling Up Nano for Sustainable Manufacturing
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A research team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a high-performance coating material that self-assembles from 2D nanosheets, and which could significantly extend the shelf life of electronics, energy storage devices, health & safety products, and more. The researchers are the first to successfully scale up nanomaterial synthesis into useful materials for manufacturing and commercial applications.

Newswise: Growing the Quantum Workforce by Making Education Accessible to All
2-Nov-2023 6:00 PM EDT
Growing the Quantum Workforce by Making Education Accessible to All
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Quantum Systems Accelerator's summer camp (QCaMP) for high school students in New Mexico and California continues to evolve and grow. Under the 2023 Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) Pathway Summer School initiative, the DOE Office of Science awarded new funding to expand QCaMP's curricula and host students on-site at Berkeley Lab and Sandia Labs in 2024.

Newswise: Experiment to Capture Universe’s Earliest Moments Reaches Funding Milestone
Released: 26-Oct-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Experiment to Capture Universe’s Earliest Moments Reaches Funding Milestone
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The National Science Foundation has awarded up to $21.4 million for the design of telescopes for CMB-S4, an international experiment that will study the cosmic microwave background and help us understand the beginning, history, and makeup of the universe. Berkeley Lab leads the project for DOE and also plays a lead role in technology development.

Newswise: ESnet Turns On 400G Circuits to Four DOE National Labs, Supercharging Multi-Site Scientific Research
Released: 25-Oct-2023 1:15 PM EDT
ESnet Turns On 400G Circuits to Four DOE National Labs, Supercharging Multi-Site Scientific Research
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is proud to announce that it has supercharged the current and future bandwidth for four of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories and user facilities, unleashing 400 Gigabit per second (400G) capability for Argonne National Laboratory, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. With this boost in capacity, scientists can process, analyze, visualize, share, and store the enormous quantities of research data at speeds up to four times faster than previously possible.

Newswise: Itinerant Magnetism and Superconductivity in Exotic 2D Metals for Next-Generation Quantum Devices
20-Oct-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Itinerant Magnetism and Superconductivity in Exotic 2D Metals for Next-Generation Quantum Devices
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Quantum System Accelerator (QSA) researchers at Berkeley Lab conducted a series of experiments with a new type of layered 2D metal (TMD), finding connections in electronic behavior such as itinerant magnetism and superconductivity, which might potentially help fabricate complex superconducting quantum processors.

Newswise: New Map of Space Precisely Measures Nearly 400,000 Nearby Galaxies
Released: 18-Oct-2023 3:15 PM EDT
New Map of Space Precisely Measures Nearly 400,000 Nearby Galaxies
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Astronomers have created a detailed atlas of almost 400,000 galaxies in our cosmic neighborhood. The Siena Galaxy Atlas was primarily built from data gathered in preparation for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) experiment and will be an invaluable tool for research into gravitational waves, dark matter, the structure of our universe, and how galaxies evolve.

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Released: 11-Oct-2023 2:15 PM EDT
Making Rad Maps with Robot Dogs
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have created multi-sensor systems that can map nuclear radiation in 3D in real-time. Researchers are now testing how to integrate their system with robots that can autonomously investigate radiation areas.

Newswise: Doubling Down on Known Protein Families
Released: 11-Oct-2023 11:00 AM EDT
Doubling Down on Known Protein Families
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Through a novel approach detailed in Nature, a massive computational analysis of microbiome datasets more than doubled the number of known protein families. This is the first time protein structures have been used to help characterize the vast array of microbial “dark matter.”

Newswise: Berkeley Lab Awarded Two New Centers to Counter Climate Change
Released: 29-Sep-2023 2:00 PM EDT
Berkeley Lab Awarded Two New Centers to Counter Climate Change
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab will lead centers for the Hydrogen and Carbon Negative Energy Earthshots, initiatives to accelerate technological breakthroughs for clean energy and solutions to the climate crisis. The Center for Ionomer-based Water Electrolysis (CIWE) will investigate methods to improve the efficiency and durability of clean-hydrogen production, while RESTOR-C will develop better ways for plants and microbes to pull carbon from the atmosphere and lock it away in the soil.

Newswise: Accelerating Sustainable Semiconductors With ‘Multielement Ink’
Released: 28-Sep-2023 11:00 AM EDT
Accelerating Sustainable Semiconductors With ‘Multielement Ink’
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists have demonstrated “multielement ink” – the first “high-entropy” semiconductor that can be processed at low-temperature or room temperature. The new material could enable cost-effective and energy-efficient semiconductor manufacturing.

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Released: 26-Sep-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Listening to the Radio on the Far Side of the Moon
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers can use the radio-quiet far side of the moon to listen for a never-before-heard signal from the “Dark Ages” of the universe. The LuSEE-Night experiment will act as a pathfinder for future experiments, testing equipment and techniques in the harsh lunar environment.

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Released: 19-Sep-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Fast-Track Strain Engineering for Speedy Biomanufacturing
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab scientists are accelerating and streamlining the process of engineering microbes to produce important compounds with commercial-ready efficiency.

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Released: 11-Sep-2023 11:00 AM EDT
Making Batteries for Electric Vehicles More Sustainable
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers developed a new battery material called disordered rock salt (DRX) that could pave the way for replacing gasoline vehicles with electric vehicles at a faster rate. DRX cathodes could be ready to commercialize in just a few years.

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Released: 30-Aug-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Cabling for LHC Upgrade Wraps Up
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Experts at Berkeley Lab finished winding more than 2000 kilometers of superconducting wire into cables for new magnets that will help upgrade the Large Hadron Collider and the search for new physics.

Newswise: California Group Exploring Viability of a Community-Centered Direct Air Capture Hub
Released: 24-Aug-2023 11:15 AM EDT
California Group Exploring Viability of a Community-Centered Direct Air Capture Hub
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers from Berkeley Lab are co-leading a project to explore the creation of a direct air capture facility that uses cutting-edge technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley.

Newswise: Advances in Quantum Emitters Mark Progress Toward a Quantum Internet
Released: 22-Aug-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Advances in Quantum Emitters Mark Progress Toward a Quantum Internet
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers has recently demonstrated a more effective technique for creating quantum emitters using pulsed ion beams, which could lead to their use in a quantum internet and for sensing radiation.

Newswise: How Scientists Are Accelerating Next-Gen Microelectronics
Released: 21-Aug-2023 11:00 AM EDT
How Scientists Are Accelerating Next-Gen Microelectronics
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In a new Q&A, microelectronics expert and CHiPPS Director Ricardo Ruiz shares his perspective on keeping pace with Moore’s Law in the decades to come through a revolutionary technique called extreme ultraviolet lithography.

Newswise: The Advanced Quantum Testbed Poised for Growth: Outcomes from Two-Day Summit
16-Aug-2023 5:05 PM EDT
The Advanced Quantum Testbed Poised for Growth: Outcomes from Two-Day Summit
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at Berkeley Lab celebrated the first five years of operations and its renewal with a two-day hybrid summit in May 2023, bringing together staff, alums, testbed users, and colleagues.

Newswise: Natural or Not? Scientists Aid in Quest to Identify Genetically Engineered Organisms
Released: 14-Aug-2023 10:15 AM EDT
Natural or Not? Scientists Aid in Quest to Identify Genetically Engineered Organisms
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ever since gene editing became feasible, researchers and health officials have sought tools that can quickly and reliably distinguish genetically modified organisms from those that are naturally occurring. Now, such tools exist.

Newswise: Carpets Retain a Stubborn Grip on Pollutants from Tobacco Smoke
Released: 9-Aug-2023 11:15 AM EDT
Carpets Retain a Stubborn Grip on Pollutants from Tobacco Smoke
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In rooms where smoking has taken place regularly, tobacco's imprint lingers on indoor surfaces, even long after regular smoking has stopped. The leftover residues, known as thirdhand smoke, can be a long-term source of indoor pollutants. New research from a team led by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) zeroes in on carpets as an especially potent – and difficult to clean – reservoir of tobacco contaminants.

Newswise: Making Renewable, Infinitely Recyclable Plastics Using Bacteria
25-Jul-2023 6:45 PM EDT
Making Renewable, Infinitely Recyclable Plastics Using Bacteria
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In a study published today, researchers successfully engineered microbes to make biological alternatives for the starting ingredients in an infinitely recyclable plastic known as poly(diketoenamine), or PDK.

Newswise: Breaking Barriers in Drug Delivery with Better Lipid Nanoparticles
Released: 17-Jul-2023 10:40 AM EDT
Breaking Barriers in Drug Delivery with Better Lipid Nanoparticles
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab and Genentech are collaborating to make the next generation of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) for drug delivery. Combining structural biology with cutting edge pharmaceutical science, the team is designing LNPs that can precisely deliver vaccines and therapeutics to target tissues while improving the product’s shelf life and duration of action.

Newswise: Success Generating Two-Qutrit Entangling Gates With High Fidelity
Released: 6-Jul-2023 12:45 PM EDT
Success Generating Two-Qutrit Entangling Gates With High Fidelity
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Quantum information processors that operate with ternary logic (qutrits) offer significant potential advantages in quantum simulation and error correction, as well as the ability to improve specific quantum algorithms and applications. Building on previous R&D with qutrits at the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT), the paper's experimental team, led by a promising UC Berkeley graduate student, successfully entangled two transmon qutrits with gate fidelities significantly higher than in previously reported works.

Newswise: Mountains Vulnerable to Extreme Rain from Climate Change
Released: 28-Jun-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Mountains Vulnerable to Extreme Rain from Climate Change
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new study by Lab scientists finds that as rising global temperatures shift snow to rain, mountains across the Northern Hemisphere will be hotspots for extreme rainfall events that could trigger floods and landslides – potentially impacting a quarter of the world’s population.

Newswise: A roadmap for gene regulation in plants
Released: 21-Jun-2023 11:15 AM EDT
A roadmap for gene regulation in plants
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For the first time, researchers have developed a genome-scale way to map the regulatory role of transcription factors, proteins that play a key role in gene expression and determining a plant’s physiological traits. Their work reveals unprecedented insights into gene regulatory networks and identifies a new library of DNA parts that can be used to optimize plants for bioenergy and agriculture.

Newswise: How Microgrids Can Help Communities Adapt to Wildfires
Released: 15-Jun-2023 11:10 AM EDT
How Microgrids Can Help Communities Adapt to Wildfires
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An international team led by research scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that clean energy microgrids offer a better and cheaper solution for protecting California communities from wildfire-related outages, compared to conventional microgrids.

Newswise: Preserving Forests to Protect Deep Soil From Warming
Released: 14-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Preserving Forests to Protect Deep Soil From Warming
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An innovative, decade-long experiment in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains shows carbon stocks buried deep underground are vulnerable to climate change. The findings have implications for mitigating global warming through the natural carbon sinks provided by soil and forests which capture 25% of all carbon emissions.

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Released: 13-Jun-2023 8:05 AM EDT
DESI Early Data Release Holds Nearly Two Million Objects
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The universe is big, and it’s getting bigger. To study dark energy, the mysterious force behind the accelerating expansion of our universe, scientists are using the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) to map more than 40 million galaxies, quasars, and stars. Today, the collaboration publicly released its first batch of data, with nearly 2 million objects for researchers to explore.



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