A multidisciplinary team has been working for several years to develop a game-changing plastic that, unlike traditional plastics, can be recycled indefinitely and is not made from petroleum. In this Q&A, we asked two project leaders about the inspiration for the unique plastic, shortfalls in our current recycling systems, and how this ambitious project is enabled by a diverse combination of scientific expertise.
A research team co-led by Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the chemistry behind the formation of carbon compounds in the early universe could inform cleaner combustion engines.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has passed the halfway mark in the multi-year process of fabricating crucial superconducting cables as part of a project to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This upgrade, now in progress, will greatly increase the facility’s collision rate and its scientific productivity.
This month 11 scientists and engineers will join a prestigious two-year fellowship program at Cyclotron Road based at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. Fellows will embed for two years at Berkeley Lab as they develop new commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing scientific challenges.
Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have compiled the most complete library yet of lanthanide heavy metals and their potential toxicity – by exposing baker’s yeast to lanthanides. Their findings could help researchers uncover hidden pathways between lanthanide metals and disease.
As part of the Lab’s senior leadership team and working with the Lab director, Burns will envision and implement Berkeley Lab’s research and technology development strategies and fundamentally shape the Lab’s workforce of tomorrow.
The Perlmutter system will play a key role in advancing scientific research in the U.S. and is front and center in a number of critical technologies, including advanced computing, artificial intelligence, and data science. The system will also be heavily used in studies of the climate and the environment, clean energy technologies, semiconductors and microelectronics, and quantum information science.
Among the large cast of microbiome players, bacteria have long been hogging the spotlight. But protists — single-celled organisms —  are finally getting their due. A new study reveals the dynamic relationships between soil-dwelling protists and developing plants and how soil protists respond to plant signals much like bacteria do.
This podcast series chronicles the incredible and often unexpected ways that science evolves over time, as told by the researchers who led it into its current state and those who are going to bring it into the future.
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 60 we’ve posted so far.