The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officials have formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project toward its April 2020 goal for completion.
Berkeley Lab researchers found that the sticky residue left behind by tobacco smoke led to changes in weight and blood cell count in mice. These latest findings add to a growing body of evidence that thirdhand smoke exposure may be harmful.
To mark African American History Month — which started as Negro History Week in 1925 and was expanded to a month in 1976 — Lab employees Steve Wilson, LaTonja Wright, and Edson Okwelum are featured.
Scientists used one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes at the Molecular Foundry to map all 23,000 atoms in an iron-platinum nanoparticle. Insights gained from the particle’s structure could help boost its magnetic performance for use in high-density, next-generation hard drives.
Extending the roots of team science at its birthplace, the Lab will soon bring together researchers from the Joint Genome Institute and the Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) under one roof. The Jan. 31 groundbreaking celebrates the future colocation of two partnering scientific user community resources. The building is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Art Rosenfeld, a Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Emeritus who is also known as California’s “godfather” of energy efficiency and who has been credited with being personally responsible for billions of dollars in energy savings, died Friday at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 90.
Berkeley Lab scientists have discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat, an exotic property in an unconventional material. The characteristic could lead to applications in thermoelectrics and window coatings.
New images provide evidence of a long-postulated physical link by which genes can receive mechanical cues from its microenvironment. Created through the integration of a “record-breaking” six different imaging techniques, the images show thread-like cytofilaments reaching into and traversing a human breast cell’s chromatin-packed nucleus.
Emissions of methane — a potent climate-warming gas — may be roughly twice as high as officially estimated for the Bay Area. Most of the emissions come from biological sources, such as landfills, but natural gas leakage is also an important source.
Defects and jagged surfaces at the edges of nanosized platinum and gold particles are key hot spots for chemical reactivity, researchers confirmed using a unique infrared probe. The findings could help scientists customize catalysts to make them more effective in fostering chemical reactions.