There may soon be a new way to make molecules to form the basis of pharmaceuticals, fuels, materials, agrochemicals and an array of other products in our modern life. Chemists at Berkeley Lab have successfully married chemistry and biology to create reactions never before possible.
Berkeley Lab researchers in the Computing Sciences Division have developed a new mathematical framework that allows researchers to capture fluid dynamics at unprecedented detail. The work could be used in a range of applications, like optimizing the shape of a propeller blade and the ejection of ink droplets in printers.
A prototype system that will test a planned array of 5,000 robots for a sky-mapping instrument is taking shape at Berkeley Lab. Dubbed ProtoDESI, the scaled-down, 10-robot system will run through a series of tests on a telescope in Arizona from August-September.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. As part of Pride Month, we profile employees Deb Agarwal, Elijah Goodfriend, and Andrew Hagen. 
A new study led by a Berkeley Lab scientist and UC Berkeley professor establishes for the first time copper’s role in fat metabolism, further burnishing the metal’s reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology. Researchers want to explore if a copper deficiency is linked to obesity and obesity related diseases.
Kathryn Zurek realized a decade ago we may be searching in the wrong places for clues to the unsolved mystery of dark matter. Despite making up 85 percent of the total mass of the universe, we haven’t yet figured out what it’s made of. Now, thanks to extraordinary improvements in experimental sensitivity, “we increasingly know where not to look,” she says.
A new class of semiconductor was discovered that is only three atoms thick and which extends in a two-dimensional plane, similar to graphene. These 2-D semiconductors, have exceptional optical characteristics, and could lead to improved semiconductors or new functionalities.