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06.13.13FROM THE LABS

Massive Particle Storage Ring to Begin 3,200-Mile Trek on SundayExternal link

How do you move a 50-foot-wide, circular electromagnet from Long Island to the Chicago suburbs in one piece without flexing or twisting it? Very, very carefully. Read More »

06.12.13FROM THE LABS

Ames Laboratory Scientists Discover New Family of QuasicrystalsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered a new family of rare-earth quasicrystals using an algorithm they developed to help pinpoint them. Their research resulted in finding the only known magnetic rare earth icosahedral binary quasicrystals, now providing a “matched set” of magnetic quasicrystals and their closely related periodic cousins. Read More »

06.11.13FROM THE LABS

“Popcorn” Particle Pathways Promise Better Lithium-Ion BatteriesExternal link

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft. Read More »

06.10.13FROM THE LABS

Testing Artificial PhotosynthesisExternal link

Berkeley Lab Researchers Develop Fully Integrated Microfluidic Test-bed for Solar-driven Electrochemical Energy Conversion Systems.
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06.06.13FROM THE LABS

Resistivity Switch is Window to Role of Magnetism in Iron-Based SuperconductorsExternal link

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered surprising changes in electrical resistivity in iron-based superconductors. The findings, reported in Nature Communications, offer further evidence that magnetism and superconductivity are closely related in this class of novel superconductors.
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06.05.13FROM THE LABS

Berkeley Lab Researchers Increase NMR/MRI Sensitivity through Hyperpolarization of Nuclei in DiamondExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated the first magnetically-controlled nearly complete hyperpolarization of the spins of carbon-13 nuclei located near synthetic defects in diamond crystals. This spin hyperpolarization, which can be carried out with refrigerator-style magnets at room temperature, enhances NMR/MRI sensitivity by many orders of magnitude.
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06.03.13FROM THE LABS

Behind the Scenes of ScienceExternal link

New video shows the essential efforts at Berkeley Lab’s Mechanical Fabrication Facility. Read More »

05.30.13FROM THE LABS

Atom by Atom, Bond by Bond, a Chemical Reaction Caught in the ActExternal link

Berkeley Lab scientists make the first-ever high-resolution images of a molecule as it breaks and reforms chemical bonds. Read More »

05.29.13FROM THE LABS

Models from Big Molecules Captured in a FlashExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers and their colleagues create a new way to model biological molecules caught with a flash of x-rays. Read More »

05.28.13FROM THE LABS

The Formula for Turning Cement Into MetalExternal link

In a move that would make the Alchemists of King Arthur’s time green with envy, scientists have unraveled the formula for turning liquid cement into liquid metal. This makes cement a semi-conductor and opens up its use in the profitable consumer electronics marketplace for thin films, protective coatings, and computer chips. Read More »