With a $10 million award from the Department of Energy, Berkeley Lab scientists, including Cameron Geddes of BELLA, are developing a portable technology that will quickly and safely detect nuclear material hidden within large objects, such as shipping cargo containers or sealed waste drums.
By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.
A breakthrough battery—one that’s cheaper, safer, lasts longer and has higher energy—will likely be impossible without a new material discovery. That could take years, or even decades. But Lab scientist Kristin Persson says she can take some guesswork out of the process with her Electrolyte Genome.
Berkeley Lab researchers Andreas Schmid and Gong Chen, experts in electron microscopy, have discovered a new way of manipulating the magnetic domain walls in ultrathin magnets that could one day revolutionize the electronics industry through a technology called “spin-orbitronics.”
An international team of nuclear physicists announced the first scientific results from the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) experiment. CUORE is designed to confirm the existence of the Majorana neutrino, which scientists believe could hold the key to why there is an abundance of matter over antimatter.
Bacterial proteins known as “CRISPR-Cas” have been touted for their potential use as a tool for editing DNA. Now, researchers at Berkeley Lab are reporting that CRISPR-Cas complexes could also serve as an engineering tool for RNA, the molecule that translates DNA’s genetic instructions into the production of proteins.
With the collider back in action, the more than 1,700 U.S. scientists who work on LHC experiments are prepared to join thousands of their international colleagues to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory. Berkeley Lab scientists will be among them.
Tropical forests play major roles in regulating Earth’s climate, but there are large uncertainties over how they’ll respond over the next 100 years as the planet’s climate warms. A multi-institutional project led by Berkeley Lab will study how tropical forests interact with Earth’s climate in greater ecological detail than ever before.
A new study by Lab scientists shows that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the travel needs of drivers for longer distances than commonly assumed. They found batteries that have lost 20 percent of their storage capacity can still meet daily needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers.
Lab research associate Rachel Woods-Robinson and science journalist Elizabeth Case are embarking on an ambitious endeavor called Cycle for Science. They will visit schools across the country teaching fun science lessons and profiling science teachers and serving as female role models with the hope of attracting girls to science.