Natalia Molchanova, a scientific engineering associate at the Molecular Foundry, works on synthetically produced proteins called peptoids which have advanced low-cost biotech solutions.
Vaccines are turning the tide in the pandemic, but the risk of infection is still present. Instant at-home tests would help us return to normal, but current options aren’t very accurate. A new discovery could help get reliable tests on the market.
Sunlight-reflecting “cool walls” reduce energy costs by lowering heat gain in buildings. But they can also cool cities by fighting the urban heat island effect. The concept has new support from the U.S. Green Building Council, which has issued a pilot credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools, and commercial buildings.
A five-year quest to map the universe and unravel the mysteries of “dark energy” is began May 17 at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. To complete its quest, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will capture and study the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects in the universe.
The Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, and NERSC are among several unique, large-scale facilities at Berkeley Lab that are integral to the nation’s research enterprise. Learn how these facilities enable scientific breakthroughs with broad societal impact at a speaker presentation on Friday, May 28, at noon.
An experiment to capture unprecedented 3D images of the trajectories of charged particles has been demonstrated using cosmic rays as they strike and travel through a cryostat filled with a ton of liquid argon. The results confirm the capabilities of a novel detector technology for particle physics.
Ten years ago, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory fully opened its eyes for the first time. The goal of this unconventional telescope? To detect signals from passing astrophysical neutrinos — mysterious, tiny, extremely lightweight particles — in the hope of revealing hidden parts of the universe.
The start of the Bevalac era, establishing more efficient air conditioners, and the creation of supercomputer codes to study exploding stars are among the discoveries included in the next batch of breakthroughs, as our countdown to 90 continues. Check out the 40 we’ve posted so far.
Cosmologists have found a way to double the accuracy of measuring distances to supernova explosions – one of their tried-and-true tools for studying the mysterious dark energy that is making the universe expand faster and faster.
In the third installment of the Basics2Breakthroughs video series, Jonelle Basso is getting to the root of plant-microbe interactions which can lead to more efficient and sustainable crops that produce food, plant-based biofuels, and bioproducts. Watch this video and previous episodes on the 90th anniversary website.