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.
Capturing the spirit, purpose, and distinction of Berkeley Lab in video in less than 2 minutes is no small challenge, but it’s necessary given the viewing preferences of today’s audiences. Berkeley Lab’s first “who-we-are” video not only beat the clock, but also, we hope, leaves viewers hungry to know more.
In March, when researchers flip the switch to the refurbished Large Hadron Collider, scientists all over the world will be watching. Physicists expect the higher-energy accelerator will build on the 2012 discovery of the Higgs particle and crack open even more mysteries of the universe.
Berkeley Lab researchers at the Molecular Foundry have uncovered key details in the process by which bacterial proteins self-assemble into a protective coating, much like chainmail armor. This process can be a model for the self-assembly of 2D and 3D nanostructures.
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.
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.