When Berkeley Lab Engineering Division director Kem Robinson heard about Project SEARCH, a national program that helps adults with developmental disabilities get employed, he thought it was perfect for the Lab, which has a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity. He was right.
A multi-element high‐entropy alloy not only tests out as one of the toughest materials on record, but, unlike most materials, the toughness as well as the strength and ductility of this alloy actually improves at cryogenic temperatures.
Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have developed peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between oil and water, opening the door to increased structural complexity and chemical functionality for a broad range of applications.
Researchers have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The research, led by scientists at Berkeley Lab, USC, and SLAC, confirms that helium nanodroplets are in fact the smallest possible superfluidic objects and opens new avenues for studying quantum rotation.
In partnership with Save the Bay, Berkeley Lab volunteers helped to transplant over 2,200 baccharis glutinosa seedlings along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park in Oakland recently. This native perennial plant supports the local marsh ecosystem and creates habitat for wetland animals and insects.
The Dark Energy Survey kicked off its second season, snapping shots of deep space with its 570-megapixel camera mounted on the Victor M. Blanco Telescope in Chile. Berkeley Lab designed and fabricated all 62 of the CCDs in the camera, which will be used over the survey’s five-year mission to investigate dark energy and its impact of our universe.
A project begun some 13 years ago by Berkeley Lab’s Jay Keasling was culminated with an announcement from the partnership of Sanofi, the multinational pharmaceutical company, and PATH, the nonprofit global health organization, that 1.7 million treatments of semi-synthetic artemisinin have been shipped to malaria-endemic countries in Africa.