Scientists have sequenced the genome of a green alga that has drawn commercial interest as a strong producer of quality lipids for biofuel production. The chromosome-assembly genome of Chromochloris zofingiensis provides a blueprint for new discoveries in sustainable biofuels, antioxidants, and other valuable bioproducts.
Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research, which included a 50-year life cycle assessment of different pavement types, many reflective pavements have some unexpected drawbacks relative to conventional pavements when considering the entire life cycle of the materials.
Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day.
A new tool at Berkeley Lab will be taking on some of the periodic table’s latest heavyweight champions to see how their masses measure up to predictions. Dubbed FIONA, the device is designed to measure the mass numbers of individual atoms of super-heavy elements, which have higher masses than uranium.
Berkeley Lab scientists have found an unexpected magnetic property in a 2-D material. The new atomically thin, flat magnet could have major implications for nanoscale memory, spintronic devices, magnetic sensors, and more.
Using an automated supernova-hunting pipeline based at NERSC, astronomers have captured multiple images of a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova. This detection is currently the only one of its kind. Berkeley Lab researchers have a method for identifying more of these events using existing wide-field surveys.
A new Lab project seeks to efficiently capture waste heat and convert it to electricity, potentially saving California up to $385 million per year. With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission, Vi Rapp and Ravi Prasher (Energy Technologies Area) will work with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system.
Berkeley and MIT scientists have demonstrated breakthrough technology capable of generating liters of water out of dry air using the power of the sun. The development is a major step toward a future of personal, off-grid sources of water. The solar-powered harvester was built using a metal-organic framework.