Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is following California’s shelter-in-place order and has reduced onsite staffing levels.

Go to the Lab’s COVID-19 website for more information. Learn About COVID-19 Research at the Lab.

An international team of scientists published an update on the global methane budget as part of the Global Carbon Project. They estimated annual global methane emissions at nearly 570 million tons for the 2008 to 2017 decade, 5% higher than emissions recorded for the early 2000s and the equivalent of 189 million more cars on the world’s roads.
Heat waves are becoming a more regular occurrence across the country. A Q&A with building scientist Iain Walker provides suggestions for how to weather them and how to use your air conditioner efficiently. Some of these suggestions can also help save you money.
The MINOS+ and Daya Bay neutrino experiments combine results to produce the most stringent test yet for the existence of sterile neutrinos, which are theorized particles related to the three known types, or “flavors,” of neutrinos but that are not directly detectable. Sterile neutrinos are a candidate for mysterious dark matter.
Berkeley Lab bioscientists are part of a nationwide research project, called ENCODE, that has generated a detailed atlas of the molecular elements that regulate our genes. This enormous resource will help all human biology research moving forward.
Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have gained important new insight into how the performance of a promising semiconducting thin film can be optimized at the nanoscale for renewable energy technologies such as solar fuels.
Microbiomes are integral to all life, from human health and food security to ecosystem processes and global nutrient cycling. Collaborative research – performed by scientists spanning the vast biological and bioinformatics fields – is key to developing a predictive understanding of microbiome function.
Kristin Persson, a senior faculty scientist in the Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division within the Energy Technologies Area at Berkeley Lab and director of the Materials Project, has been named director of the Molecular Foundry. Her appointment is effective August 15, 2020.
Among the critical metals that rest deep in the Salton Sea is lithium. Finding a way to unlock this resource could power the state’s green economy for years to come. Now the race is on to develop technology that can efficiently extract lithium from the brine produced by the geothermal plants near the Salton Sea.
In these videos, Berkeley Lab scientists discuss five of the latest projects — including research on fluorescent sensors, probiotic vaccines, virus proteins, the virus-bacterial cell network, and scaling up testing of treatments — that aim to help address some of the many scientific challenges posed by the pandemic.
DOE has awarded $60 million to a new solar fuels initiative – called the Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA) – led by Caltech in close partnership with Berkeley Lab. LiSA will build on the foundational work of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP).