The National Museum of American History’s “Year of Innovation” showcases the battle between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison to develop sound-capturing machines, much like the modern tug-of-war between Apple and Microsoft. Visitors can hear these early sounds thanks to research by Berkeley Lab’s Carl Haber and Earl Cornell.
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?
Berkeley Lab’s quantum dots have not only found their way into tablets, computer screens, and TVs, they are also used in biological and medical imaging tools, and now Paul Alivisatos’ lab is exploring them for solar cell as well as brain imaging applications.
The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Berkeley Lab researchers looking for a better understanding of liquid electrolyte may have found a pathway forward.
Berkeley Lab researchers used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature, a demonstration that points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper ways of storing and processing data.
A key discovery to understanding Roman architectural concrete that has stood the test of time and the elements for nearly two thousand years has been made by researchers using beams of X-rays at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.
With a specially outfitted research van, equipped with sophisticated monitors to detect several pollutant types, a team of Berkeley Lab scientists is studying emission levels from diesel trucks to analyze the impact of new control technologies and California air pollution regulations.