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PhotonicsOnline
Coupling 2 ‘Tabletop’ Laser-Plasma Accelerators A Decisive First Step Toward Tomorrow’s Ultrapowerful Compact MachinesBerkeley Lab Scientists Create the First-ever, 2-stage Laser-plasma Accelerator
Coupling 2 ‘Tabletop’ Laser-Plasma Accelerators A Decisive First Step Toward Tomorrow’s Ultrapowerful Compact Machines
PhotonicsOnline / Posted 2 days ago
Berkeley Lab Scientists Create the First-ever, 2-stage Laser-plasma Accelerator Powered by Independent Laser Pulses Laser-plasma accelerators (LPAs) got the nickname “tabletop” because, as shown by the unique BELLA accelerator at the U.S. Department... Read more
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The Toledo Blade
Five things you might have missed: 2-8Published: Monday, 2/8/2016 - Updated: 55 seconds ago Top articles from this w
Five things you might have missed: 2-8
The Toledo Blade / Posted 2 days ago
Published: Monday, 2/8/2016 - Updated: 55 seconds ago Top articles from this weekend's editions of The Blade BLADE STAFF Toledo Police Sgt. Anita Madison, left, leads a police recruitment training session at... Read more
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PhotonicsOnline
Scientists Take Key Step Toward Custom-Made Nanoscale Chemical FactoriesBerkeley Lab researchers part of team that creates new function in tiny protein
Scientists Take Key Step Toward Custom-Made Nanoscale Chemical Factories
PhotonicsOnline / Posted 3 days ago
Berkeley Lab researchers part of team that creates new function in tiny protein shell structures Scientists have for the first time reengineered a building block of a geometric nanocompartment that occurs naturally in bacteria. They introduced a... Read more
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Science Daily
Coupling 2 'tabletop' laser-plasma accelerators: A step toward ultrapowerful accelerators: First-ever, 2-stage laser-plasma accelerator powered by independent laser pulsesPast those few centimeters, however, the laser pulse weakens and energy gain st
Coupling 2 'tabletop' laser-plasma accelerators: A step toward ultrapowerful accelerators: First-ever, 2-stage laser-plasma accelerator powered by independent laser pulses
Science Daily / Posted 3 days ago
Past those few centimeters, however, the laser pulse weakens and energy gain stalls. LPAs will have to get off the tabletop if they are to rival proposed conventional colliders, such as 30-kilometer-long electron-positron linear colliders or circular... Read more
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Science Daily
Scientists take key step toward custom-made nanoscale chemical factories: Researchers create new function in tiny protein shell structuresScientists hope to tailor this new use to produce high-value chemical products,
Scientists take key step toward custom-made nanoscale chemical factories: Researchers create new function in tiny protein shell structures
Science Daily / Posted 4 days ago
Scientists hope to tailor this new use to produce high-value chemical products, such as medicines, on demand. The sturdy nanocompartments, which are polyhedral shells composed of triangle-shaped sides and resemble 20-sided dice, are formed by... Read more
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Science Daily
Graphene is strong, but is it tough? Scientists find that polycrystalline graphene is not very resistant to fractureScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Labora
Graphene is strong, but is it tough? Scientists find that polycrystalline graphene is not very resistant to fracture
Science Daily / Posted 4 days ago
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the first known statistical theory for the toughness of polycrystalline graphene, which is made with chemical vapor deposition, and... Read more
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Los Angeles Times
A case of big money shaping scienceThe 21st century is still young, but it may already have its era-defining paten
A case of big money shaping science
Los Angeles Times / Posted 5 days ago
The 21st century is still young, but it may already have its era-defining patent fight. The contestants are the University of California and the Broad Institute, a Harvard- and MIT-affiliated research foundation endowed by Los Angeles billionaire... Read more
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New Kerala
Graphene is strong, but not very toughNew York, Feb 5 : Though touted as the strongest material known to exist, polyc
Graphene is strong, but not very tough
New Kerala / Posted 6 days ago
New York, Feb 5 : Though touted as the strongest material known to exist, polycrystalline graphene has quite low resistance to fracture, US scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found. Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of... Read more
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PhysOrg
Graphene is strong, but is it tough?Polycrystalline graphene contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects tha
Graphene is strong, but is it tough?
PhysOrg / Posted 6 days ago
Polycrystalline graphene contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects that lead to significant statistical fluctuations in toughness and strength. Credit: Berkeley Lab Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been... Read more
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PhysOrg
Scientists take key step toward custom-made nanoscale chemical factoriesThe shell of a bacterial microcompartment (or BMC) is mainly composed of hexago
Scientists take key step toward custom-made nanoscale chemical factories
PhysOrg / Posted 6 days ago
The shell of a bacterial microcompartment (or BMC) is mainly composed of hexagonal proteins, with pentagonal proteins capping the vertices, similar to a soccer ball (left). Scientists have engineered one of these hexagonal proteins, normally devoid... Read more
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PhysOrg
New galaxy-hunting sky camera sees redder betterStar trails take shape around Kitt Peak National Observatory in this long-expos
New galaxy-hunting sky camera sees redder better
PhysOrg / Posted 8 days ago
Star trails take shape around Kitt Peak National Observatory in this long-exposure image. The 4-meter Mayall telescope building, at right, now houses Mosaic-3, a new infrared camera built by a collaboration that includes Berkeley Lab scientists.... Read more
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Science Daily
New galaxy-hunting sky camera sees redder betterVery distant astronomical objects appear much redder when observed on Earth due
New galaxy-hunting sky camera sees redder better
Science Daily / Posted 8 days ago
Very distant astronomical objects appear much redder when observed on Earth due to an effect known as redshift, so this sensitivity to red light enables the camera to detect objects many billions of light years away. The camera has begun its... Read more
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Newswise
New Galaxy-hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder Better Berkeley Lab, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory
New Galaxy-hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder Better
Newswise / Posted 8 days ago
Berkeley Lab, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Join Forces to Develop Mosaic-3 Available for logged-in reporters only Newswise — A newly upgraded camera that... Read more
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PhotonicsOnline
Scientists Discover Protein’s Starring Role In Genome Stability And Possibly Cancer PreventionBerkeley Lab researchers find new function for DNA repair protein If you have
Scientists Discover Protein’s Starring Role In Genome Stability And Possibly Cancer Prevention
PhotonicsOnline / Posted 9 days ago
Berkeley Lab researchers find new function for DNA repair protein If you have a soft spot for unsung heroes, you’ll love a DNA repair protein called XPG. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley... Read more
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PhysOrg
Coupling two 'tabletop' laser-plasma accelerators: A step toward ultrapowerful acceleratorsSchematic of the first experiment to achieve staging of laser plasma accelerato
Coupling two 'tabletop' laser-plasma accelerators: A step toward ultrapowerful accelerators
PhysOrg / Posted 9 days ago
Schematic of the first experiment to achieve staging of laser plasma accelerators (LPAs) with independent laser pulses: a pulse from laser 1 (at left) creates a plasma wakefield in the stage 1 LPA, a gas jet. The resulting electron beam is focused by... Read more
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Science Daily
Scientists discover protein's starring role in genome stability, and possibly cancer prevention: New function found for DNA repair proteinThe research, which is published online Jan. 28, 2016 in the journal Molecular
Scientists discover protein's starring role in genome stability, and possibly cancer prevention: New function found for DNA repair protein
Science Daily / Posted 10 days ago
The research, which is published online Jan. 28, 2016 in the journal Molecular Cell, indicates XPG is essential to our health in ways far beyond it's been given credit for. "We discovered a new function for an "old" repair protein that shows the... Read more
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Science Daily
Polar vortices observed in ferroelectric: New state of matter holds promise for ultracompact data storage, processingA team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkel
Polar vortices observed in ferroelectric: New state of matter holds promise for ultracompact data storage, processing
Science Daily / Posted 11 days ago
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... Read more
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Science Daily
Simplifying solar cells with a new mix of materials: Research team creates a high-efficiency device in seven stepsThe special blend of materials--which could also prove useful in semiconductor
Simplifying solar cells with a new mix of materials: Research team creates a high-efficiency device in seven steps
Science Daily / Posted 13 days ago
The special blend of materials--which could also prove useful in semiconductor components--eliminates the need for a process known as doping that steers the device's properties by introducing foreign atoms to its electrical contacts. This doping... Read more
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PhysOrg
Scientists discover protein's starring role in genome stability, and possibly cancer preventionThe scientists found that genome instability increases in cells as XPG levels d
Scientists discover protein's starring role in genome stability, and possibly cancer prevention
PhysOrg / Posted 13 days ago
The scientists found that genome instability increases in cells as XPG levels decrease. The green spots mark locations of DNA double-strand breaks. The left image shows normal human cells and the right image shows XPG-depleted cells. Credit: Berkeley... Read more
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PhotonicsOnline
Simplifying Solar Cells With A New Mix Of MaterialsBerkeley Lab-led Research Team Creates a High-efficiency Device in 7 Steps An
Simplifying Solar Cells With A New Mix Of Materials
PhotonicsOnline / Posted 14 days ago
Berkeley Lab-led Research Team Creates a High-efficiency Device in 7 Steps An international research team has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design. Arrays of... Read more
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PhysOrg
New state of matter holds promise for ultracompact data storage and processingThe first ever observations of polar vortices in a ferroelectic material could
New state of matter holds promise for ultracompact data storage and processing
PhysOrg / Posted 14 days ago
The first ever observations of polar vortices in a ferroelectic material could find potential applications in ultracompact data storage and processing and the production of new states of matter. The observation in a ferroelectric material of "polar... Read more
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PhysOrg
Simplifying solar cells with a new mix of materialsA photo of the DASH (dopant free asymmetric heterocontact) solar cell developed
Simplifying solar cells with a new mix of materials
PhysOrg / Posted 14 days ago
A photo of the DASH (dopant free asymmetric heterocontact) solar cell developed by an international research team. Credit: Berkeley Lab An international research team has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying... Read more
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PhotonicsOnline
Seeing The Big Picture In Photosynthetic Light HarvestingBerkeley Lab Researchers Create First Multiple Antennae Model of Photosystem II
Seeing The Big Picture In Photosynthetic Light Harvesting
PhotonicsOnline / Posted 16 days ago
Berkeley Lab Researchers Create First Multiple Antennae Model of Photosystem II To understand what goes on inside a beehive you can’t just study the activity of a single bee. Likewise, to understand the photosynthetic light-harvesting that takes... Read more
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Science Daily
Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvesting: Researchers create first multiple antennae model of photosystem IIThe new model simulates light-harvesting across several hundred nanometers of a
Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvesting: Researchers create first multiple antennae model of photosystem II
Science Daily / Posted 19 days ago
The new model simulates light-harvesting across several hundred nanometers of a thylakoid membrane, which is the membrane within a chloroplast that harbors photosystem II (PSII), a complex of antennae made up of mostly of chlorophyll-containing... Read more
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The Mercury News
Physicist appointed to head Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryBERKELEY -- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has a new director: Michael Witherell,
Physicist appointed to head Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
The Mercury News / Posted 19 days ago
BERKELEY -- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has a new director: Michael Witherell, a physicist and vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara. Witherell's resume includes decades of research, teaching and administration at UC Santa Barbara and... Read more
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PhysOrg
Explore galaxies far, far away at internet speedsThis screenshot, from an interactive Sky Viewer tool, shows a small region of t
Explore galaxies far, far away at internet speeds
PhysOrg / Posted 20 days ago
This screenshot, from an interactive Sky Viewer tool, shows a small region of the sky in the vicinity of the galaxy UGC 10041 imaged by the Dark Energy Camera Legacy Survey (DECaLS). Credit: Dustin Lang/University of Toronto No need for hyperdrive:... Read more
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PhysOrg
First materials to be woven at the atomic and molecular levels createdCOF-505 is the first 3D covalent organic framework to be made by weaving togeth
First materials to be woven at the atomic and molecular levels created
PhysOrg / Posted 20 days ago
COF-505 is the first 3D covalent organic framework to be made by weaving together helical organic threads, a fabrication technique that yields significant advantages in structural flexibility, resiliency and reversibility over previous COFs. There... Read more
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Inside Bay Area
Physicist appointed to head Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryBERKELEY -- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has a new director: Michael Witherell,
Physicist appointed to head Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Inside Bay Area / Posted 20 days ago
BERKELEY -- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has a new director: Michael Witherell, a physicist and vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara. Witherell's resume includes decades of research, teaching and administration at UC Santa Barbara and... Read more
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Contra Costa Times Newspapers
Physicist appointed to head Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryBERKELEY -- The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has a new director: Micha
Physicist appointed to head Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Contra Costa Times Newspapers / Posted 20 days ago
BERKELEY -- The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has a new director: Michael Witherell, a physicist and vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara. Witherell's resume includes decades of research, teaching and administration at UC Santa... Read more
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Science Daily
Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change: Scientists apply new method to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissionsWhat remains unclear is precisely what fraction of the observed changes in thes
Assessing the impact of human-induced climate change: Scientists apply new method to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissions
Science Daily / Posted 21 days ago
What remains unclear is precisely what fraction of the observed changes in these climate-sensitive systems can confidently be attributed to human-related influences, rather than mere natural regional fluctuations in climate. So Gerrit Hansen of the... Read more
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PhysOrg
Scientists apply new method to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissionsThis image shows confidence in attributing observed impacts to regional climate
Scientists apply new method to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissions
PhysOrg / Posted 22 days ago
This image shows confidence in attributing observed impacts to regional climate trends, irrespective of the cause for those climate trends. Blue symbols indicate impacts where the observed climate trend has been attributed to anthropogenic forcing... Read more
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Science Daily
Drivers for low-priced solar photovoltaic systems in the United StatesBerkeley Lab's Ryan Wiser, a co-author of the study, explains, "Despite impress
Drivers for low-priced solar photovoltaic systems in the United States
Science Daily / Posted 22 days ago
Berkeley Lab's Ryan Wiser, a co-author of the study, explains, "Despite impressive recent cost reductions, installed prices for small-scale PV systems in the United States continue to show wide pricing differences depending on the location of the... Read more
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PhysOrg
Researchers pinpoint the drivers for low-priced PV systems in the United StatesCharacteristics of Low-Priced Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the United States.
Researchers pinpoint the drivers for low-priced PV systems in the United States
PhysOrg / Posted 22 days ago
Characteristics of Low-Priced Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the United States. Credit: Berkeley Lab The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on homes and small businesses spans a wide range, and researchers from the U.S. Department of... Read more
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PhysOrg
Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvestingThis first computational model to simulate multiple antenna proteins, photosyst
Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvesting
PhysOrg / Posted 22 days ago
This first computational model to simulate multiple antenna proteins, photosystem II (PSII) complexes are shown in teals, and light harvesting complexes (LHC II) are shown in green. To understand what goes on inside a beehive you can't just study the... Read more
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Science Daily
A simple way to make lithium-ion battery electrodes that protect themselves: Surprising result could pave way to cheaper, higher capacity batteriesTest batteries that incorporated this cathode material held up much better when
A simple way to make lithium-ion battery electrodes that protect themselves: Surprising result could pave way to cheaper, higher capacity batteries
Science Daily / Posted 28 days ago
Test batteries that incorporated this cathode material held up much better when charged and discharged at the high voltages needed to fast-charge electric vehicles, the scientists report in a paper published Jan. 11 in the inaugural issue of Nature... Read more
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Science Daily
Technique matters: Different way to make cathodes may mean better batteries: Controlling surface chemistry is important to developing high-energy lithium-ion batteriesWorking with scientists at two other Department of Energy (DOE) labs--Brookhave
Technique matters: Different way to make cathodes may mean better batteries: Controlling surface chemistry is important to developing high-energy lithium-ion batteries
Science Daily / Posted 30 days ago
Working with scientists at two other Department of Energy (DOE) labs--Brookhaven National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory--a team led by Berkeley Lab battery scientist Marca Doeff was surprised to find that using a simple... Read more
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Science Daily
Unique 2-level cathode structure improves battery performance: Controlling surface chemistry could lead to higher-capacity, faster-charging batteries for electronics, vehicles, and energy-storage applicationsTest batteries incorporating this cathode material exhibited improved high-volt
Unique 2-level cathode structure improves battery performance: Controlling surface chemistry could lead to higher-capacity, faster-charging batteries for electronics, vehicles, and energy-storage applications
Science Daily / Posted 30 days ago
Test batteries incorporating this cathode material exhibited improved high-voltage cycling behavior--the kind you'd want for fast-charging electric vehicles and other applications that require high-capacity storage. The scientists describe the... Read more
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PhysOrg
Unique two-level cathode structure improves battery performanceScanning and transmission electron micrographs of the cathode material at diffe
Unique two-level cathode structure improves battery performance
PhysOrg / Posted 30 days ago
Scanning and transmission electron micrographs of the cathode material at different magnifications. These images show that the 10-micron spheres (a) can be hollow and are composed of many smaller nanoscale particles (b). Chemical "fingerprinting"... Read more
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PhysOrg
Technique matters: A different way to make cathodes may mean better batteriesThese 3-D elemental association maps generated using transmission X-ray tomogra
Technique matters: A different way to make cathodes may mean better batteries
PhysOrg / Posted 30 days ago
These 3-D elemental association maps generated using transmission X-ray tomography show the cathode material made by Berkeley Lab Marca Doeff and her team using spray pyrolysis. Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lithium nickel manganese... Read more
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Newswise
Unique Two-Level Cathode Structure Improves Battery Performance3D elemental association maps of the micron-scale spherical structures, generat
Unique Two-Level Cathode Structure Improves Battery Performance
Newswise / Posted 30 days ago
3D elemental association maps of the micron-scale spherical structures, generated using transmission x-ray tomography, reveal higher levels of manganese and cobalt (darker blue, red, and purple) on the exterior of the sphere and higher levels of... Read more
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Science Daily
Nanoscale look at why a new alloy is amazingly tough: Team learns secrets of high entropy alloyThe alloy is made of chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt and nickel, so scientist
Nanoscale look at why a new alloy is amazingly tough: Team learns secrets of high entropy alloy
Science Daily / Posted 1 months ago
The alloy is made of chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt and nickel, so scientists call it CrMnFeCoNi. It's exceptionally tough and strong at room temperature, which translates into excellent ductility, tensile strength, and resistance to fracture. And... Read more
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PhysOrg
A nanoscale look at why a new alloy is amazingly toughJust in time for the icy grip of winter: A team of researchers led by scientist
A nanoscale look at why a new alloy is amazingly tough
PhysOrg / Posted 1 months ago
Just in time for the icy grip of winter: A team of researchers led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified several mechanisms that make a new, cold-loving material one of... Read more

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