Researchers have created a sort of nanoscale display case that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples. Their work could help to reveal new structural details for a range of challenging molecules, such as complex chemical compounds and potentially new drugs, by stabilizing them inside metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
Follow Berkeley scientists on a 10-day research voyage off the California coast as they test robotic floats in studies of the ocean’s biological carbon pump, which could aid the understanding of climate change. Sarah Yang from Public Affairs is tagging along and will blog daily about the trip, including photos and a map tracking their location.
DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) — a 3-D sky-mapping project that will measure the light of millions of galaxies and explore the nature of dark energy — has received approval to move forward with construction, which is scheduled to begin next year. Observations will start in January 2019.
The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) program provides Bay Area high school students with valuable hands-on experience in the lab and guidance for continuing a career in science. The students are hosted by the Joint BioEnergy Institute.
There’s a new tool in the push to engineer rechargeable batteries that last longer and charge more quickly. An X-ray microscopy technique recently developed at Advanced Light Source has given scientists the ability to image nanoscale changes inside lithium-ion battery particles as they charge and discharge.
A new Lab study measures the toxic compounds in e-cigarette emissions and shows how factors such as the temperature, type, and age of the device play a role in emission levels, information that could be valuable to both manufacturers and regulators seeking to minimize the health impacts of these increasingly popular devices.
JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process.
Lab researcher Evan Mills, who has been studying lighting in the developing world for more than two decades, has conducted the first global analysis of how the transition to solar-LED lighting will impact employment. He found that moving away from kerosene and other fuel-based lighting could create two million new jobs.
A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers, including those from Berkeley Lab, have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies.
The focus area seeks to quantify and predict how perturbations to mountainous watersheds — such as floods, droughts, fire and early snowmelt — impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals. EESA’s Susan Hubbard will lead the effort, funded by the DOE with over $20 million for three years.