Scientists have determined the structure of a unique enzyme, produced by a species of methane-eating bacteria, that converts the greenhouse gas into methanol – a highly versatile liquid fuel and industrial product ingredient. This detailed structural information will help researchers design efficient catalysts for industrial methane to methanol conversion processes.
Researchers achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing. This could dramatically speed up R&D for new advanced bio-based products, such as sustainable fuels and plastic alternatives, on the shelves faster.
As rooftop solar prices have fallen, households at all income levels can now save money by going solar. But low- and moderate-income households remain less likely to adopt solar than high-income households. Lab researchers examined if policy and business models could improve adoption equity.
Borrowing a page from high-energy physics and astronomy textbooks, a team of physicists and computer scientists at Berkeley Lab has successfully adapted and applied a common error-reduction technique to the field of quantum computing.
Since April, NERSC has allotted 2.5 million node hours on its Cori supercomputer and has provided dedicated HPC resources to support COVID-19 research, such as exploring how protein spike binding hijacks cells, and creating novel treatments and developing bioavailable approaches with AI.
The effort to construct GRETA, a cutting-edge spherical array of high-purity germanium crystals that will measure gamma-ray signals to reveal new details about the structure and inner workings of atomic nuclei, has received key approvals needed to proceed toward full build-out.
In this Q&A, Sinéad Griffin, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and Molecular Foundry, shares her thoughts on her search for light dark matter, the ultimate materials design challenge, and Berkeley Lab’s collaborative “team science” culture.
New Department of Energy funding totaling $18 million, including $1 million for user support, will be distributed among 10 partner institutions – including Berkeley Lab – and will continue and expand LaserNetUS operations for three years.
To see, in microscopic detail, what makes the diabolical ironclad beetle so uniquely sturdy, researchers used an X-ray imaging technique at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source synchrotron, and other techniques, to explore a protective covering known as the “elytra,” its abdomen, and other parts.
Crews working on the largest U.S. experiment designed to directly detect dark matter completed a major milestone last month, and are now turning their sights toward startup after experiencing some delays due to global pandemic precautions.