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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...

2012-03-21 15:33:42

A new assessment of wind energy in India by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that the potential for on-shore wind energy deployment is far higher than the official estimates– about 20 times and up to 30 times greater than the current government estimate of 102 gigawatts. This landmark finding may have significant impact on India´s renewable energy strategy as it attempts to cope with a massive and chronic shortage of electricity. “The main importance of this...

2012-03-20 16:58:06

Berkeley Lab Researchers Show the Way Forward for Improving Organic and Molecular Electronic Devices Future prospects for superior new organic electronic devices are brighter now thanks to a new study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Working at the Lab´s Molecular Foundry, a DOE nanoscience center, the team has provided the first experimental determination of the pathways by which electrical charge is...

2012-03-19 05:12:26

Berkeley Lab scientists and their colleagues have discovered an unsuspected way that protons can move among molecules -- revealing new opportunities for research in biology, environmental science, and green chemistry When a proton — the bare nucleus of a hydrogen atom — transfers from one molecule to another, or moves within a molecule, the result is a hydrogen bond, in which the proton and another atom like nitrogen or oxygen share electrons. Conventional wisdom has it that...

2012-03-14 13:02:23

JBEI Researchers Develop a New Candidate for a Cleaner, Greener and Renewable Diesel Fuel A class of chemical compounds best known today for fragrance and flavor may one day provide the clean, green and renewable fuel with which truck and auto drivers fill their tanks. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to generate significant quantities of methyl ketone compounds from glucose. In...