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Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A Berkeley Lab-led research team has discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could steer the design of next-gen batteries.

Screening for disease or toxins in a drop of blood

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Imagine being able to quickly and accurately screen for diseases or chemical contaminants in a tiny drop of blood. Berkeley Lab scientist Daojing Wang and others have developed a multinozzle...Show More Summary

The puzzle to plugging the worst natural gas release in history

By the time Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists Barry Freifeld and Curt Oldenburg visited the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in December 2015, the SS-25 well blowout had been leaking natural gas into the air for more than six weeks. Show More Summary

NIH awards $6.5 million to Berkeley Lab for augmenting structural biology research

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) The NIH has awarded $6.5 million to Berkeley Lab to integrate existing synchrotron structural biology resources to better serve researchers. The grant will establish a center based at the Lab's...Show More Summary

Decoding the origin of heavy elements in the light from a neutron star merger

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) On Aug. 17, scientists around the globe were treated to near-simultaneous observations by separate instruments: One set of Earth-based detectors measured the signature of a cataclysmic event...Show More Summary

International team reconstructs nanoscale virus features from correlations of scattered X-rays

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab researchers contributed key algorithms which helped scientists achieve a goal first proposed more than 40 years ago -- using angular correlations of X-ray snapshots from non-crystalline molecules to determine the 3-D structure of important biological objects.

Injecting electrons jolts 2-D structure into new atomic pattern

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) The same electrostatic charge that can make hair stand on end and attach balloons to clothing could be an efficient way to drive atomically thin electronic memory devices of the future, according to a new Berkeley Lab study. Show More Summary

Lab technology brings Nobel-winning cryo-EM into sharper focus

Pioneering work by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) played a key role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, awarded today, honoring the development of cryo-electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, an imaging technique that has launched the fields of structural biology and biochemistry into an exciting new era of discovery.

Team reconstructs nanoscale virus features from correlations of scattered X-rays

As part of an international research team, Jeff Donatelli, Peter Zwart and Kanupriya Pande of the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) contributed...Show More Summary

Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Researchers from Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore Lab and UC Davis are building the first-ever end-to-end simulation code to precisely capture the geology and physics of regional earthquakes, and how the shaking impacts buildings.

Yet Another Energy Storage Breakthrough Coming, Thanks To “Weirdly Exciting” New Substance

Scientists at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have come up with a new bijel that could have some interesting energy storage applications. They’re still trying to find the right adjectives to describe it,...Show More Summary

Berkeley Lab aims to strengthen the cybersecurity of the grid

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) As the US electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience and lower environmental impacts, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. Show More Summary

Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid

A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), can direct two different non-mixing liquids into a variety of exotic architectures. Show More Summary

A quantum computer to tackle fundamental science problems

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Two Berkeley Lab teams will receive Department of Energy funding to develop near-term quantum computing platforms and tools to be used for scientific discovery in the chemical sciences. One...Show More Summary

Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant milestone in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. Show More Summary

Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is theShow More Summary

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides insight into how an ultrathin coating can enhance the performance of graphene-wrapped nanocrystals for hydrogen storage applications.

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shows promise for safely storing hydrogen for use with fuel cells for passenger vehicles and other uses. Show More Summary

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