Latest Berkeley Lab Stories

2013-03-22 09:48:01

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have once again demonstrated the incredible capabilities of metamaterials — artificial nanoconstructs whose optical properties arise from their physical structure rather than their chemical composition. Engineering a unique two-dimensional sheet of gold nanoantennas, the researchers were able to obtain the strongest signal yet of the photonic spin Hall effect, an optical...

Surprising Control Over Photoelectrons From A Topological Insulator
2013-03-13 15:22:44

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab scientists discover how a photon beam can flip the spin polarization of electrons emitted from an exciting new material Plain-looking but inherently strange crystalline materials called 3D topological insulators (TIs) are all the rage in materials science. Even at room temperature, a single chunk of TI is a good insulator in the bulk, yet behaves like a metal on its surface. Researchers find TIs exciting partly because the electrons...

Berkeley Lab Team Examines DNA To RNA Transcription
2013-02-28 20:46:25

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Human Genome Project, a study intended to map out the structure of the 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA, was begun in 1990 and concluded in 2003. The project, originally coordinated by the US Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, later partnered with the Wellcome Trust in the UK along with scientists from Japan, France, Germany and China. The act of mapping out human DNA and storing it in research...

Tree Death In Amazon Much Higher Than Previously Believed
2013-01-29 12:28:36

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it have a direct impact on climate change? A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) set out to answer this question. Forests are critical to the equilibrium of Earth´s climate since they absorb large quantities of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide directly from our atmosphere. The death of a tree, however, reverses the flow of carbon and...

2013-01-07 10:10:40

Berkeley Lab research could lead to a better understanding of the Arctic ecosystem´s impact on the planet's climate What does pulling a radar-equipped sled across the Arctic tundra have to do with improving our understanding of climate change? It´s part of a new way to explore the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world´s soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere. The new approach combines several...

2012-12-07 11:35:26

Berkeley Lab scientists develop a new nanotech tool to probe solar-energy conversion If nanoscience were television, we'd be in the 1950s. Although scientists can make and manipulate nanoscale objects with increasingly awesome control, they are limited to black-and-white imagery for examining those objects. Information about nanoscale chemistry and interactions with light–the atomic-microscopy equivalent to color–is tantalizingly out of reach to all but the most persistent...

Big Boost To BigBOSS Givin By The Gordon And Betty Moore Foundation
2012-12-04 16:13:07

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory $2.1 Million Grant to Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics advances dark energy research at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab A $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California at Berkeley, through the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), will fund the development of revolutionary technologies for BigBOSS, a project now in the proposal stage designed to study dark energy with unprecedented...

Photovoltaic Prices Falling Rapidly In U.S.
2012-11-28 15:47:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to the latest issue of Tracking the Sun, the installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2011 and through the first half of 2012. Tracking the Sun is an annual PV cost-tracking report produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkley Lab), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy´s Solar Energy Technologies Program of the...

BOSS Survey Reveals 48,000 Quasars
2012-11-13 10:38:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) has announced the first major result of a new mapping technique, unveiling over 48,000 quasars. BOSS is the largest program of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and is mapping a huge volume of space to measure the role of dark energy in the evolution of the universe. “No technique for dark energy research has been able to probe this ancient era before, a time when...

2012-11-01 10:13:42

Proteins are able to self-assemble into a wide range of highly ordered structures that feature a diverse array of properties. Through biomimicry — technological innovation inspired by nature — humans hope to emulate proteins and produce our own version of self-assembling molecules. A key to accomplishing this is understanding how protein-folding — a process critical to the form and function of a protein — is extended from individual proteins to complex assemblies....

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