Science Headlines

01.16.14FROM THE LABS

Hugging Hemes Help Electrons HopExternal link

Novel biological mechanism relays electrons in proteins in mineral-breathing bacteria important for energy-related research. Read More »

01.15.14FROM THE LABS

Berkeley Lab and Cal State Long Beach Researchers Launch ‘Kelp Watch’ to Determine Extent of Fukushima ContaminationExternal link

Researchers from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Read More »

01.14.14FROM THE LABS

Cobalt Catalysts Allow Researchers to Duplicate the Complicated Steps of PhotosynthesisExternal link

In a new study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a new, more efficient way to link a less expensive synthetic cobalt-containing catalyst to an organic light-sensitive molecule, called a chromophore. Read More »

01.13.14FROM THE LABS

Battery Development May Extend Range of Electric CarsExternal link

New anode quadruples life of lithium-sulfur battery, could also help store renewable energy more cheaply. Read More »

01.10.14FROM THE LABS

Heat Lost … Opportunity FoundExternal link

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab develop a comprehensive phonon “map” for engineering new thermoelectric devices. Read More »

12.30.13FROM THE LABS

Batteries as They Are Meant to be SeenExternal link

In the search for long-lasting, inexpensive rechargeable batteries, researchers develop more realistic methods to study the materials in action. Read More »

12.27.13FROM THE LABS

Chemist Direct Recommends Daily Intake of the ‘Sunshine’ Vitamin D for Essential Body Functions, Calcium Absorption and Pain Reduction for Certain Chronic IllsExternal link

A collaboration of international researchers with Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light ALS, a DOE national user facility, demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency also reduces bone quality. Read More »

12.26.13FROM THE LABS

Surprising Finds in a Rare Plant’s Mitochondrial GenomeExternal link

Rare and ancient plant gobbles up entire mitochondria from other plants and holds onto them for eons. Read More »

12.24.13FROM THE LABS

A Micro-Muscular Break ThroughExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers make a powerful new microscale torsional muscle/motor from vanadium dioxide. Read More »

12.23.13PRESS RELEASE

DOE Nominees Among Outstanding Early-Career Scientists Honored by President Obama

The list of researchers named today by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) includes 13 nominated by the Department of Energy. Read More »