A new study by Lab scientists shows that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the travel needs of drivers for longer distances than commonly assumed. They found batteries that have lost 20 percent of their storage capacity can still meet daily needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers.
Lab research associate Rachel Woods-Robinson and science journalist Elizabeth Case are embarking on an ambitious endeavor called Cycle for Science. They will visit schools across the country teaching fun science lessons and profiling science teachers and serving as female role models with the hope of attracting girls to science.
As reported in the journal Nature, a team of Berkeley Lab researchers has discovered a means by which the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants might one day be done far more efficiently and at far lower costs than today.
Berkeley Lab scientists studied mice and found their risk of mammary cancer from low-dose radiation depends a great deal on their genetic makeup. They also learned key details about how genes and the cells immediately surrounding a tumor (also called the tumor microenvironment) affect cancer risk.
If advanced biofuels are to replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel on a gallon-for-gallon basis at competitive pricing, a new generation of fuel crops—plants designed specifically to serve as feedstocks for fuels—is needed. JBEI researchers have demonstrated the power of a new ally in this effort…proteomics.
When it comes to boiling water—or the phenomenon of applying heat to a liquid until it transitions to a gas—is there anything left for today’s scientists to study? The surprising answer is, yes. In fact, the mathematical models for the process of boiling are incomplete.
Working at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, researchers studied quartz from the San Andreas Fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-triggering stresses originate. The results could one day lead to a better understanding of earthquake events.
A powerful genome editing tool may soon become even more powerful. Berkeley Lab researchers have unlocked the key to how bacteria are able to “steal” genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological memory system.
Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. Researchers, led by Berkeley Lab scientists, measured atmospheric carbon dioxide’s increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface over an eleven-year period at two locations in North America.
Since the polio vaccine was introduced in the 1950s, one of the most dreaded diseases in history has been all but eradicated. Are there other scientific breakthroughs that could have an equally transformative impact on global human development, and if so, what are they?