Using an automated supernova-hunting pipeline based at NERSC, astronomers have captured multiple images of a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova. This detection is currently the only one of its kind. Berkeley Lab researchers have a method for identifying more of these events using existing wide-field surveys.
A new Lab project seeks to efficiently capture waste heat and convert it to electricity, potentially saving California up to $385 million per year. With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission, Vi Rapp and Ravi Prasher (Energy Technologies Area) will work with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system.
Berkeley and MIT scientists have demonstrated breakthrough technology capable of generating liters of water out of dry air using the power of the sun. The development is a major step toward a future of personal, off-grid sources of water. The solar-powered harvester was built using a metal-organic framework.
Using several spectroscopic techniques, Berkeley Lab scientists found that the element berkelium breaks form with its heavy element peers by taking on an extra positive charge when bound to a synthetic organic molecule. This could help scientists develop better methods for handling and purifying nuclear materials.
Lab researchers have, for the first time, captured the ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a chemical reaction using ultrafast, tabletop X-ray spectroscopy. The researchers used femtosecond pulses of X-ray light to catch the unraveling of a ring molecule that is important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes.
Results from a new study involving Berkeley Lab scientists could explain a mismatch between predictions and recent measurements of ghostly particles streaming from nuclear reactors — the so-called “reactor antineutrino anomaly” that has puzzled physicists since 2011.
Daniela Ushizima and Teresa Williams took their first trip to Africa as part of a delegation organized by TechWomen, a unique mentoring and exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. The trip was eye opening and hugely inspirational for the women.
Outer space is a very dusty place, which makes things difficult for scientists who are trying to peer farther across the universe or deep into the center of our own galaxy. A new study provides detailed 3-D views of space dust in the Milky Way, which could help us understand the properties of this dust and how it affects views of distant objects.
Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a 12-gene score tied to the odds of relapse-free breast cancer survival. The scoring system is based on an analysis of large genomic datasets and patient data, and it could eventually be developed for clinical use.
Researchers based their findings on a field experiment that explored what happens to organic carbon trapped in soil when all soil layers are warmed. Much of the CO2 originated from deeper layers, indicating that deeper stores of carbon are more sensitive to warming than previously thought.