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BELLA Laser Achieves One Pulse Per Second For World Record Power
2012-07-27 12:07:54

BELLA Laser Achieves One Pulse Per Second For World Record Power As Berkeley Lab´s laser plasma accelerator project BELLA nears completion, its drive laser has delivered one petawatt — a quadrillion watts — of peak power once each second, a world record for laser performance On the night of July 20, 2012, the laser system of the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA), which is nearing completion at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Lawrence Berkeley National...

2012-06-29 10:42:42

Genetic engineers and genomics researchers should welcome the news from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) where an international team of scientists has discovered a new and possibly more effective means of editing genomes. This discovery holds potentially big implications for advanced biofuels and therapeutic drugs, as genetically modified microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are expected to play a key role in the green chemistry production of these and other...

2012-06-27 17:50:04

Berkeley Lab Development Holds Promise for Nanolasers, LEDs, Optical Sensors and Photonic Communications The world´s smallest three-dimensional optical cavities with the potential to generate the world´s most intense nanolaser beams have been created by a scientific team led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. In addition to nanolasers, these unique...

2012-06-04 17:49:09

It is well-known that the risks of breast cancer increase dramatically for women over the age of 50, but what takes place at the cellular level to cause this increase has been a mystery. Some answers and the possibility of preventative measures in the future are provided in a new study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Mark LaBarge, a cell and molecular biologist in Berkeley Lab´s Life Sciences Division,...

Topological Insulators Open a Path to Room-Temperature Spintronics
2012-05-15 07:34:05

Berkeley Lab researchers and their colleagues demonstrate unique new materials for innovative electronic and magnetic applications Strange new materials experimentally identified just a few years ago are now driving research in condensed-matter physics around the world. First theorized and then discovered by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and their colleagues in other institutions, these “strong 3-D topological...

Portable, Virus-Powered Recharging Source On The Horizon?
2012-05-14 03:26:01

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) report that they have found a way to convert mechanical energy into electricity using viruses. The discovery, announced via a Sunday press release, involved miniature devices that can harvest the effort of day-to-day tasks and convert it into power to charge smartphones and other devices while a person is out walking. "The scientists tested their approach by creating a...

2012-04-30 14:51:23

Berkeley Lab scientists demonstrate the promise of synchrotron infrared spectroscopy of living cells for medical applications Knowing how a living cell works means knowing how the chemistry inside the cell changes as the functions of the cell change. Protein phosphorylation, for example, controls everything from cell proliferation to differentiation to metabolism to signaling, and even programmed cell death (apoptosis), in cells from bacteria to humans. It´s a chemical process that...

First Atomic-Scale Real-Time Movies Of Platinum Nanocrystal Growth In Liquids
2012-04-20 03:44:20

Berkeley Scientists Create Graphene Liquid Cells for Electron Microscopy Studies of Nanocrystal Formation [ Watch the Video ] They won´t be coming soon to a multiplex near you, but movies showing the growth of platinum nanocrystals at the atomic-scale in real-time have blockbuster potential. A team of scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley has developed a technique for encapsulating liquids of...

2012-03-27 00:46:14

Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Develop Dynamic System for Regulating Metabolic Pathways Significant boosts in the microbial production of clean, green and renewable biodiesel fuel has been achieved with the development of a new technique in synthetic biology by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). This new technique — dubbed a dynamic sensor-regulator system (DSRS) — can detect metabolic changes in microbes during...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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