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.
Berkeley Lab scientists studied mice and found their risk of mammary cancer from low-dose radiation depends a great deal on their genetic makeup. They also learned key details about how genes and the cells immediately surrounding a tumor (also called the tumor microenvironment) affect cancer risk.
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.
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?