Berkeley Lab and Michigan State University researchers are providing the clearest view yet of an intact bacterial microcompartment, revealing at atomic-level resolution the structure and assembly of the organelle’s protein shell. This work could benefit bioenergy and pathogenesis research and new methods for bacteria bioengineering.
In high school, Katie Dunne dreamed of becoming a physicist but didn’t know anyone who worked in science. This summer, as a Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research intern, she is working with her mentor Maurice Garcia-Sciveres to build prototype integrated circuit test systems for ATLAS as part of the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider Project.
Ten students from the IT Academy at Richmond’s Kennedy High School spent the first week of their summer vacation getting hands-on experience in high-speed networking and first-hand advice on planning their future. The students and their teacher participated in the June 12-16 pilot workshop introducing them to networking for science.
The massive natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon shined a light on California’s aging natural gas infrastructure. And five years of extreme drought also exacted its toll on transmission pipelines. Now Berkeley Lab researchers will lead projects to improve the system’s safety and reliability, thanks to $4.6 million grants from the California Energy Commission.
Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading. Now Gao Liu of ETA, working with Jinghua Guo of the ALS, has made a surprising discovery that could fix this problem. Their research was published in Nano Energy.
The interns include undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty from all around the country. They’ll work alongside Berkeley Lab scientists on a wide range of STEM disciplines, like particle physics and computing science.
Jointly developed with the Pacific Northwest National Lab, the Sensor Suitcase is a portable case that contains easy-to-use sensors and other equipment that make it possible for anyone to identify energy-saving opportunities. It has now been licensed by two companies. Listen to an interview with Jessica Granderson, the lead software developer.
New, high-precision measurements of the subatomic mix of particles produced by smashing gold nuclei together benefit from a Berkeley Lab-developed device known as the “Heavy Flavor Tracker.” The collisions free the quarks and gluons from their confinement within ordinary particles so their interactions can be studied by nuclear physicists.