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March 8, 2019
This animation displays a scan of arrow-shaped flakes of a 2D material. Samples were scanned across their electron energy, momentum, and horizontal and vertical coordinates using an X-ray-based technique known as nanoARPES at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source. Red represents the highest intensity measured, followed by orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (least intense). (Credit:... Read more
March 7, 2019
The DNA belonging to the community of microbes in a water sample can give scientists clues about the ecosystem as a whole. However, this photo was not taken in association with the study. (Credit: iStock.com/Irina Vodneva) When you hear about the biological processes that influence climate and the environment, such as carbon fixation or nitrogen recycling, it’s easy to think of them as abstract... Read more
March 7, 2019
A method developed by a Berkeley Lab-led research team may one day turn ordinary semiconducting materials into quantum electronic devices. (Credit: iStock.com/NiPlot) A team of researchers led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has developed a simple method that could turn ordinary semiconducting materials into quantum machines – superthin... Read more
March 6, 2019
A schematic of the electrochemical cell containing a platinum electrode and sulfuric acid. X-rays are used to study the molecular details at the interface, within only three to four layers of water molecules near the solid surface. (Credit: Lauren Chong/Berkeley Lab) – By Lauren Chong Understanding the interfaces where solids and liquids meet is key to controlling a wide range of energy-relevant... Read more
March 4, 2019
Magnetic monopoles in motion at 210 K. Red dots represent positive magnetic charges (north poles), while blue dots represent negative magnetic charges (south poles). (Credit: Farhan/Berkeley Lab) A research team led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a nanoscale “playground” on a chip that simulates the formation of exotic magnetic... Read more
February 25, 2019
This animation shows a plasma channel’s electron density profile (blue) formed inside a sapphire tube (gray) with the combination of an electrical discharge and an 8-nanosecond laser pulse (red, orange, and yellow). Time is shown in nanoseconds. This plasma channel was used to guide femtoseconds-long “driver” laser pulses from the BELLA petawatt laser system, which generated plasma waves and... Read more
February 25, 2019
Physics World interviewed the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division's Arman Shehabi on energy efficiency measures for data centers. “A lot of the efficiency gains [in] data centres so far have come from correcting some pretty egregious energy wasting practices – things like allowing cold and hot air to mix together, or continuing to run servers that aren’t actually doing... Read more
February 21, 2019
This video provides an overview of the R&D effort to upgrade an electron microscope at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry with a superfast detector, the 4D Camera. The detector, which is linked to a supercomputer at Berkeley Lab via a high-speed data connection, can capture more images at a faster rate, revealing atomic-scale details across much larger areas than was possible before. (Credit:... Read more
February 15, 2019
Lisa Schwartz, Deputy Leader and Energy Efficiency Team Leader in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group, received the 2018 Mary Kilmarx Award from the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).The award is given to "individuals who have gone above and beyond in the name of good government, clean energy, and the... Read more
February 14, 2019
The cryo-EM structure of the NAD(P)H dehydrogenase-like complex (NDH). The atomic coordinate model shown as spheres, colored according to the different subunits, in front of an electron micrograph of frozen NDH particles in the background. (Credit: Thomas Laughlin/UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have... Read more
February 8, 2019
This video by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine describes the science questions that could be answered by an electron-ion collider – a very large-scale particle accelerator that would smash electrons into charged atomic nuclei or protons. View the related report. (Credit: NASEM) For several decades, the nuclear science community has been calling for a new type of... Read more
February 7, 2019
This instrumentation at Japan’s Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory in Wako, Japan, was used in an experiment to create an exotic magnesium isotope. (Credit: Heather Crawford/Berkeley Lab) ) Just over a decade ago scientists pushed magnesium atoms to new limits, jamming extra neutrons into their nuclei toward – and possibly reaching – the maximum limit for this element. Now, an... Read more
February 6, 2019
A mysterious process called oxygen oxidation strips electrons from oxygen atoms in lithium-rich battery cathodes and degrades their performance. Better understanding this property and controlling its effects could lead to better performing electric vehicles. (Credit: Gregory Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Note: This article was adapted from an original press release published by Ali... Read more
February 5, 2019
A research team led by Jonathan Ajo-Franklin of Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) is turning parts of a 13,000-mile-long “dark fiber” testbed owned by DOE’s ESnet into a highly sensitive seismic activity sensor. L-R: Inder Monga (ESnet), Verónica Rodríguez Tribaldos (EESA), Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, and Nate Lindsey (EESA).(Credit: Paul Mueller/Berkeley... Read more
January 28, 2019
A century ago, the periodic table looked much different than it does today. It had empty spots for elements that had not yet been found, and ended at uranium (element 92), the heaviest known element until 1940. But scientists were dreaming about artificially creating even heavier elements.“For some reason, they thought you could go beyond uranium,” said Berkeley Lab scientist Gauthier... Read more
January 25, 2019
A rendering of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s dome. (Credit: LSST Collaboration) A new telescope will take a sequence of hi-res snapshots with the world’s largest digital camera, covering the entire visible night sky every few days – and repeating the process for an entire decade. That presents a big data challenge: What’s the best way to rapidly and automatically identify and... Read more
January 24, 2019
This visualization of a general-relativistic collisionless plasma simulation shows the density of positrons near the event horizon of a rotating black hole. Plasma instabilities produce island-like structures in the region of intense electric current. (Credit: Kyle Parfrey et al./Berkeley Lab) Black holes are known for their voracious appetites, binging on matter with such ferocity that not even... Read more
January 22, 2019
Zahid Hussain holds his DOE Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award certificate. (Credit: Berkeley Lab) Zahid Hussain, a longtime scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has always been more focused on achievements than accolades, though his lists run long in both categories. His fingerprints are on many of the instruments and... Read more
January 17, 2019
Crews work at the site of the POLARBEAR-2/Simons Array experiments in Chile. There are plans to combine data at this site with data collected near the South Pole for a next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment known as CMB-S4. (Credit: POLARBEAR Collaboration) Chasing clues about the infant universe in relic light known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB, scientists are... Read more
January 10, 2019
A new research team bringing together a multidisciplinary group of experts to explore ways to make our cities more efficient has been created at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).The Urban Systems group will focus on buildings and their interactions with the urban environment. The group is part of the Building Technology & Urban Systems division in Berkeley Lab’s Energy... Read more
January 10, 2019
Computer gaming accounts for about 5 percent of all residential energy use in California -- equal to the same amount as 10 million new refrigerators – yet gamers do not routinely think about energy efficiency or ways to trim energy costs while gaming.In a recent study sponsored by the California Energy Commission, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) have revealed... Read more
January 9, 2019
VIDEO: Simulation of self-assembling 2D nanocrystal/MOF superstructure. (Credit: Jeff Urban et al./Berkeley Lab) Out of the box, crystalline MOFs (metal-organic frameworks) look like ordinary salt crystals. But MOFs are anything but ordinary crystals – deep within each crystalline “grain” lies an intricate network of thin, molecular cages that can pull harmful gas emissions like carbon... Read more
January 5, 2019
Students and early career researchers in the areas of building science, energy-efficiency and the electricity grid are invited to enter a prestigious poster competition sponsored by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Five winners will be invited to give a five-minute lightning talk at Rosenfeld Symposium 2019 - Energy-Efficient and Grid-Interactive Buildings, to be held at the David Brower... Read more
January 3, 2019
A research team led by Berkeley Lab’s Alessandra Lanzara (second from left) used a SARPES (spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy) detector to uncover a distinct pattern of electron spins within high-temperature cuprate superconductors. Co-lead authors are Kenneth Gotlieb (second from right) and Chiu-Yun Lin (right). The study’s co-authors include Chris Jozwiak of Berkeley... Read more
December 20, 2018
A recent segment on CNBC about how a growing battery industry is changing the world featured Vince Battaglia, leader of the Energy Storage Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), along with the lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS) user facility.The eight-minute piece features Battaglia and other scientists talking about the history and future of batteries. The introduction of... Read more