Science Headlines

02.01.16From the Labs

Coupling 2 ‘Tabletop’ Laser-Plasma Accelerators, a Decisive First Step Toward Tomorrow’s Ultrapowerful Compact MachinesExternal link

In an experiment packed with scientific firsts, Berkeley Lab scientists have now demonstrated that a laser pulse can accelerate an electron beam and couple it to a second laser plasma accelerator, where another laser pulse accelerates the beam to higher energy—a fundamental breakthrough in advanced accelerator science. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.29.16User Facility

Tiniest Particles Shrink Before Exploding When Hit With SLAC’s X-Ray LaserExternal link

New finding provides a glimpse of the unusual world of superheated nanomaterials that could eventually also help scientists further develop X-ray techniques for taking atomic images of individual molecules. Read MoreExternal linkage


Two New Biologists at Brookhaven National Lab are Looking at Plant Genomes to Address Energy ChallengesExternal link

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory welcomes two new biologists, Crysten and Ian Blaby, who have been brought to the Lab to explore the many genes that play a role in a plant’s ability to harness energy and what those genes could mean for enhancing bioenergy crops. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.28.16From the Labs

Simplifying Solar Cells with a New Mix of MaterialsExternal link

An international research team led by Berkeley National Lab has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.28.16User Facility

Seagrass Genome Sequence Lends Insights to Salt ToleranceExternal link

A team of researchers from around the world has sequenced the eelgrass (Zostera marina) genome to better understand how the plant adapts to climate change and to explore clues it could provide on how crops could adapt to saline environments. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.28.16User Facility

NSLS Research Leads to New Discoveries About Structure of Human HairExternal link

Scientists at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) resolved the molecular structure of each of the three known regions of human hair—the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla—and discovered a new region between the cortex and the cuticle. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.27.16From the Labs

Polar Vortices Observed in FerroelectricExternal link

A team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have recorded the first ever observations of rotating topologies of electrical polarization that are similar to the discrete swirls of magnetism known as “skyrmions.” Read MoreExternal linkage

01.27.16User Facility

Uncovering Hidden Microbial Lineages from Hot SpringsExternal link

A team led by researchers at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, utilized the largest collection of metagenomic datasets to uncover a completely novel bacterial phylum that they have dubbed “Kryptonia.” Read MoreExternal linkage

01.27.16From the Labs

Hydrogen Uptake Causes Molecular “Avalanches” in PalladiumExternal link

Unlike any other element, palladium, a precious metal closely related to platinum, takes up hydrogen at room temperature and pressure. In a recent study, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have gained new insight into how this uptake of hydrogen occurs, realized how it impacts the atomic structure of the palladium, and identified key properties of how this form of hydrogen storage could work in the future. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.25.16User Facility

Bringing New Light to a Transformative ProteinExternal link

By understanding the underlying physics of the fluorescent behavior of GFP, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and colleagues at Louisiana State University will be able to further exploit it as an essential tool for unraveling molecular-level details of processes in molecular biology and genetics. Read MoreExternal linkage