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Newswise: How to Make Lithium-ion Batteries Invincible
Released: 22-Jun-2021 5:55 PM EDT
How to Make Lithium-ion Batteries Invincible
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab scientists have made significant progress in developing battery cathodes using a new class of materials that provide batteries with the same if not higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries but can be made of inexpensive and abundant metals. Known as DRX, which stands for disordered rocksalts with excess lithium, this novel family of materials was invented less than 10 years ago and allows cathodes to be made without nickel or cobalt.

Newswise: Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars
Released: 9-Jun-2021 4:25 AM EDT
Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In a decade-long quest, scientists at Berkeley Lab, the University of Hawaii, and Florida International University uncover new clues to the origins of the universe – and land new chemistry for cleaner combustion engines

Newswise: Are Heavy Metals Toxic? Scientists Find Surprising New Clues in Yeast
Released: 7-Jun-2021 8:05 PM EDT
Are Heavy Metals Toxic? Scientists Find Surprising New Clues in Yeast
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have compiled the most complete library yet of lanthanide heavy metals and their potential toxicity – by exposing baker’s yeast to lanthanides. Their findings could help researchers uncover hidden pathways between lanthanide metals and disease.

Newswise: Science Snapshots
20-May-2021 6:00 PM EDT
Science Snapshots
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab on forest soils, vaping cannabis risks, reusable PPE, hydrogen fuel generation

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Released: 19-May-2021 10:00 AM EDT
We’ve Got the Dirt on Soil Protists
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The diverse collection of microbes known as protists are understudied, but their impact on ecosystems and agriculture could be huge.

Newswise: How X-rays Could Make Reliable, Rapid COVID-19 Tests a Reality
Released: 18-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
How X-rays Could Make Reliable, Rapid COVID-19 Tests a Reality
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Vaccines are turning the tide of the pandemic, but there's still a risk of COVID-19 infections. Instant at-home tests would help us return to normal, but current options aren't very accurate. A new discovery could get reliable tests on the market.

Newswise: ‘Cool Walls’ Get a Boost from U.S. Green Building Council
Released: 18-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
‘Cool Walls’ Get a Boost from U.S. Green Building Council
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Sunlight-reflecting “cool walls” have been shown to reduce energy costs by lowering heat gain in buildings. But they do more – reflective walls can also cool cities, fighting the urban heat island effect. The concept has new support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which has issued a pilot credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools, and commercial buildings to mitigate urban heat islands.

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Released: 17-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Successful Start of Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Follows Record-Setting Trial Run
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A five-year quest to map the universe and unravel the mysteries of “dark energy” is beginning officially today, May 17, at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. To complete its quest, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will capture and study the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects in the universe.

Newswise: Supernovae Twins Open Up New Possibilities for Precision Cosmology
Released: 6-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Supernovae Twins Open Up New Possibilities for Precision Cosmology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Cosmologists have found a way to double the accuracy of measuring distances to supernova explosions – one of their tried-and-true tools for studying the mysterious dark energy that is making the universe expand faster and faster.

Newswise: Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab
Released: 29-Apr-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab – Water purification, infant-warming device, cuff-based heart disease monitor, ancient magnetic fields

Newswise: The Future Looks Bright for Infinitely Recyclable Plastic
Released: 22-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
The Future Looks Bright for Infinitely Recyclable Plastic
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Plastics are ubiquitous, but they're not practical. Less than 10% are recycled, and the other ~8 billion tons are creating a pollution crisis. A Berkeley Lab team is determined to change that. A new analysis shows producing and recycling their game-changing new plastic could be easy and cheap enough to leave old plastics in the dust.

Newswise: How Techno-economic Analysis Can Improve Energy Technologies
Released: 22-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How Techno-economic Analysis Can Improve Energy Technologies
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab researcher Hanna Breunig on techno-economic analysis, and how she uses it to make negative emissions technologies more competitive

Newswise: In Calculating the Social Cost of Methane, Equity Matters
20-Apr-2021 2:00 PM EDT
In Calculating the Social Cost of Methane, Equity Matters
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new study by a team including researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley reports that the social cost of methane – a greenhouse gas that is 30 times as potent as carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat – varies by as much as an order of magnitude between industrialized and developing regions of the world.

Newswise: To Design Truly Compostable Plastic, Scientists Take Cues From Nature
20-Apr-2021 5:40 PM EDT
To Design Truly Compostable Plastic, Scientists Take Cues From Nature
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water or soil composts break the hybrid plastic material down to reusable small molecules, called monomers, in just a few days or weeks.

Newswise: Experts’ Predictions for Future Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly
14-Apr-2021 5:30 PM EDT
Experts’ Predictions for Future Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Berkeley Lab of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements.

Newswise: From Smoky Skies to a Green Horizon: Scientists Convert Fire-Risk Wood into Biofuel
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
From Smoky Skies to a Green Horizon: Scientists Convert Fire-Risk Wood into Biofuel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Reliance on petroleum fuels and raging wildfires: Two separate, large-scale challenges that could be addressed by one scientific breakthrough. Researchers from two national laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and efficient process for converting woody plant matter like forest overgrowth and agricultural waste – material that is currently burned either intentionally or unintentionally – into liquid biofuel.

Released: 8-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
The Spintronics Technology Revolution Could Be Just a Hopfion Away
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A research team co-led by Berkeley Lab has created and observed quasiparticles called 3D hopfions at the nanoscale (billionths of a meter) in a magnetic system. The discovery could advance high-density, high-speed, low-power, yet ultrastable magnetic memory “spintronics” devices.

2-Apr-2021 7:05 PM EDT
This hydrogen fuel machine could be the ultimate guide to self improvement
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley have uncovered an extraordinary self-improving property that transforms an ordinary semiconductor into a highly efficient and stable artificial photosynthesis device

Released: 5-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
April Snapshots
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab: X-rays accelerate battery R&D; infrared microscopy goes off grid; substrates support 2D tech

Released: 29-Mar-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab - Week of March 29, 2021
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

India’s Ambitious Clean Energy Goals, a Secret Pathway to Harnessing the Sun for Clean Energy, and a Supersmart Gas Sensor for Asthmatics

Newswise: How Microorganisms Can Help Us Get to Net Negative Emissions
Released: 25-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How Microorganisms Can Help Us Get to Net Negative Emissions
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab scientist Eric Sundstrom on a technology to turn electrons to bioproducts

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Released: 25-Mar-2021 8:35 AM EDT
Revealing Nano Big Bang – Scientists Observe the First Milliseconds of Crystal Formation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

At Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry, scientists recruited a world-leading microscope to capture atomic-resolution, high-speed images of gold atoms self-organizing, falling apart, and then reorganizing many times before settling into a stable, ordered crystal.

Newswise: Do You Know the Way to Berkelium, Californium?
Released: 24-Mar-2021 8:15 AM EDT
Do You Know the Way to Berkelium, Californium?
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated how to image samples of heavy elements as small as a single nanogram. The new approach will help scientists advance new technologies for medical imaging and cancer therapies.

Newswise: Missing Baryons Found in Far-Out Reaches of Galactic Halos
Released: 17-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EDT
Missing Baryons Found in Far-Out Reaches of Galactic Halos
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers have channeled the universe’s earliest light – a relic of the universe’s formation known as the cosmic microwave background – to solve a missing-matter mystery and learn new things about galaxy formation. Their work could also help us to better understand dark energy and test Einstein’s theory of general relativity by providing new details about the rate at which galaxies are moving toward us or away from us.

Newswise: Commercial Truck Electrification is Within Reach
Released: 16-Mar-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Commercial Truck Electrification is Within Reach
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Los Angeles published a new study that makes the case for prioritizing public policy to help move long-haul trucking from diesel to electric. Doing so will mean huge gains in addressing the climate crisis and avoiding premature deaths due to local vehicular pollution, which disproportionately affects communities of color.

Newswise: Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Monitoring Capabilities Still in Use 10 Years After Fukushima Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant Disaster
Released: 11-Mar-2021 5:40 PM EST
Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Monitoring Capabilities Still in Use 10 Years After Fukushima Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant Disaster
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The events following the Fukushima disaster, a decade ago, drew upon Berkeley Lab’s long-standing expertise in radiation measurements and safety, and led to the creation of long-term radiation-monitoring programs, both locally and in Japan, as well as a series of radiation surveys and technology demonstrations including drone- and helicopter-based surveys, and vehicle-based and hand-carried measurements.

Newswise: A COSMIC Approach to Nanoscale Science
Released: 3-Mar-2021 8:25 AM EST
A COSMIC Approach to Nanoscale Science
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

COSMIC, a multipurpose X-ray instrument at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, has made headway in the scientific community since its launch less than 2 years ago, with groundbreaking contributions in fields ranging from batteries to biominerals.

Newswise: HPC Explorations of Supernova Explosions Help Physicists Reach New Milestones
Released: 26-Feb-2021 4:35 PM EST
HPC Explorations of Supernova Explosions Help Physicists Reach New Milestones
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Physicists have been studying the question of how supernova explosions occur for more than 60 years. Thanks to the increasing power of supercomputing resources such as those at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, they’re moving ever closer to an answer.

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Released: 25-Feb-2021 10:00 AM EST
On the Line: Watching Nanoparticles Get in Shape
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab scientists have captured real-time, high-resolution videos of liquid structures taking shape as nanoparticles form a solid-like layer at the interface between oil and water. Their findings could help advance all-liquid robotics for targeted cancer drug delivery and other applications.

Newswise: A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air
Released: 22-Feb-2021 10:00 AM EST
A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Increasingly, scientists are recognizing that negative emissions technologies (NETs) to remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be an essential component in the strategy to mitigate climate change. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a multidisciplinary Department of Energy research lab, is pursuing a portfolio of negative emissions technologies and related research.

Newswise: Researchers Hunt for New Particles in Particle Collider Data
Released: 19-Feb-2021 7:00 AM EST
Researchers Hunt for New Particles in Particle Collider Data
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab researchers participated in a study that used machine learning to scan for new particles in three years of particle-collision data from CERN’s ATLAS detector.

Newswise: Applying Quantum Computing to a Particle Process
Released: 11-Feb-2021 7:30 PM EST
Applying Quantum Computing to a Particle Process
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) used a quantum computer to successfully simulate an aspect of particle collisions that is typically neglected in high-energy physics experiments, such as those that occur at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

Newswise: Superfacility Model Brings COVID Research Into Real Time
Released: 9-Feb-2021 2:55 PM EST
Superfacility Model Brings COVID Research Into Real Time
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Finding a way to end the coronavirus pandemic has required a global response from thousands of people across scientific, medical, academic, and political entities. Among them are scientists working at NERSC and SLAC's LCLS, who teamed up to capture images of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and leverage the superfacility model for real-time data analysis.

Newswise: Discoveries at the Edge of the Periodic Table: First Ever Measurements of Einsteinium
31-Jan-2021 11:05 AM EST
Discoveries at the Edge of the Periodic Table: First Ever Measurements of Einsteinium
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Since element 99 – einsteinium – was discovered in 1952 at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) from the debris of the first hydrogen bomb, scientists have performed very few experiments with it because it is so hard to create and is exceptionally radioactive. A team of Berkeley Lab chemists has overcome these obstacles to report the first study characterizing some of its properties, opening the door to a better understanding of the remaining transuranic elements of the actinide series.

Released: 2-Feb-2021 3:15 PM EST
Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

These news briefs cover topics including gut microbes, tsetse flies in 3D, an energy use framework for heating and cooling, and new gravitational lensing candidates.

Newswise: Fields of Breeders’ Dreams: A Team Effort Toward Targeted Crop Improvements
Released: 27-Jan-2021 12:35 PM EST
Fields of Breeders’ Dreams: A Team Effort Toward Targeted Crop Improvements
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In Nature, a multi-institutional team including DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers has produced a high-quality reference sequence of the complex switchgrass genome. Building off this work, bioenergy researchers are exploring targeted genome editing techniques to customize the crop.

Newswise: Getting to Net Zero – and Even Net Negative – is Surprisingly Feasible, and Affordable
Released: 27-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
Getting to Net Zero – and Even Net Negative – is Surprisingly Feasible, and Affordable
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Reaching zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from energy and industry by 2050 can be accomplished by rebuilding U.S. energy infrastructure to run primarily on renewable energy, at a net cost of about $1 per person per day, according to new research published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of San Francisco (USF), and the consulting firm Evolved Energy Research.

Newswise: A New Way to Measure Record-Setting Electron Beams
Released: 26-Jan-2021 7:00 AM EST
A New Way to Measure Record-Setting Electron Beams
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new, compact system has been successfully demonstrated at the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center to provide simultaneous high-resolution measurements of multiple electron-beam properties.

Newswise: How to Find Mutated Sperm? Just Go FISH
Released: 19-Jan-2021 11:50 AM EST
How to Find Mutated Sperm? Just Go FISH
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A test developed by Berkeley Lab scientists can quickly and easily detect whether sperm cells are carrying chromosomal defects, an advance that will help men who have undergone cancer treatment father healthy children.

Newswise: Study: X-Rays Surrounding ‘Magnificent 7’ May Be Traces of Sought-After Particle
Released: 15-Jan-2021 10:00 AM EST
Study: X-Rays Surrounding ‘Magnificent 7’ May Be Traces of Sought-After Particle
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at Berkeley Lab, suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a group of neutron stars.

Newswise: January Snapshots: CO2 removal, water-splitting, battery mystery, thirdhand smoke remediation
14-Jan-2021 7:00 AM EST
January Snapshots: CO2 removal, water-splitting, battery mystery, thirdhand smoke remediation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

January Snapshots: CO2 removal, water-splitting, battery mystery, thirdhand smoke remediation

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13-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Building a Giant 2D Map of the Universe to Prepare for the Largest 3D Map
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Before DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, can begin its 5-year mission from an Arizona mountaintop to produce the largest 3D sky map yet, researchers first needed an even bigger 2D map of the universe.

Newswise: Shine On: Avalanching Nanoparticles Break Barriers to Imaging Cells in Real Time
13-Jan-2021 8:05 AM EST
Shine On: Avalanching Nanoparticles Break Barriers to Imaging Cells in Real Time
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A team of researchers co-led by Berkeley Lab and Columbia University has developed a new material called avalanching nanoparticles that, when used as a microscopic probe, offers a simpler approach to taking high-resolution, real-time snapshots of a cell’s inner workings at the nanoscale.

Newswise: Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Honored with the Lawrence Award
Released: 13-Jan-2021 7:55 AM EST
Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Honored with the Lawrence Award
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Department of Energy has announced that Susannah Tringe and Dan Kasen, two scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), will receive the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, one of DOE’s highest honors. Additionally, former Berkeley Lab scientist M. Zahid Hasan was also named as one of the eight recipients.

Newswise: The Odd Structure of ORF8: Scientists Map the Coronavirus Protein Linked to Disease Severity
Released: 12-Jan-2021 10:00 AM EST
The Odd Structure of ORF8: Scientists Map the Coronavirus Protein Linked to Disease Severity
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A team of biologists who banded together to support COVID-19 science determined the atomic structure of a coronavirus protein thought to help the pathogen evade and dampen response from human immune cells. The structural map has laid the groundwork for new antiviral treatments and enabled further investigations into how the newly emerged virus ravages the human body.

Newswise: Impacts of Climate Change on Our Water and Energy Systems: It’s Complicated
Released: 11-Jan-2021 7:50 AM EST
Impacts of Climate Change on Our Water and Energy Systems: It’s Complicated
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara have developed a science-based analytic framework to evaluate the complex connections between water and energy, and options for adaptations in response to an evolving climate.

Newswise: Rachel Slaybaugh to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road
Released: 7-Jan-2021 12:00 PM EST
Rachel Slaybaugh to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has named Rachel Slaybaugh, associate professor of nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley, to lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road Division.


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