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Carbon Nanotubes Used To Cool Microprocessors
2014-01-23 15:18:02

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Technique From Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry Could Also Work with Graphene “Cool it!” That’s a prime directive for microprocessor chips and a promising new solution to meeting this imperative is in the offing. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a “process friendly” technique that would enable the cooling of microprocessor chips through carbon...

2013-10-30 15:40:18

Berkeley Lab researchers take cues from nature in designing a programmable nanomaterial for biosensing Taking inspiration from the human immune system, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created a new material that can be programmed to identify an endless variety of molecules. The new material resembles tiny sheets of Velcro, each just one-hundred nanometers across. But instead of securing your sneakers, this molecular...

Size Matters When Nanocrystals Go Through Phases
2013-08-26 15:35:09

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab Researchers at the Molecular Foundry Reveal Fundamental Size-Dependence of Metal Nanocrystals Undergoing Phase Transitions Understanding what happens to a material as it undergoes phase transformations – changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas or a plasma – is of fundamental scientific interest and critical for optimizing commercial applications. For metal nanocrystals, assumptions about the size-dependence of phase...

Research Could Help Scientists Predict How Carbon Is Stored Underground
2013-08-23 05:49:36

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computer simulations conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could help scientists make sense of a recently observed and puzzling wrinkle in one of nature’s most important chemical processes. It turns out that calcium carbonate—the ubiquitous compound that is a major component of seashells, limestone, concrete, antacids and myriad other naturally and industrially produced substances—may...

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...

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...

Image 1 - Under The Electron Microscope – A 3-D Image Of An Individual Protein
2012-01-26 04:55:45

The high resolution of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory´s Gang Ren When Gang Ren whirls the controls of his cryo-electron microscope, he compares it to fine-tuning the gearshift and brakes of a racing bicycle. But this machine at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a bit more complex. It costs nearly $1.5 million, operates at the frigid temperature of liquid nitrogen, and it is allowing scientists to see what no one...

Image 1 - Researchers Ink Nanostructures With Tiny Soldering Iron
2011-11-08 04:11:44

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shed light on the role of temperature in controlling a fabrication technique for drawing chemical patterns as small as 20 nanometers.  This technique could provide an inexpensive, fast route to growing and patterning a wide variety of materials on surfaces to build electrical circuits and chemical sensors, or study how pharmaceuticals bind to proteins and viruses. One...

Image 1 - Berkeley Lab Scientists Spy Molecular Maneuvers
2011-10-27 12:45:24

[ Watch the Video ] Stir this clear liquid in a glass vial and nothing happens. Shake this liquid, and free-floating sheets of protein-like structures emerge, ready to detect molecules or catalyze a reaction. This isn´t the latest gadget from James Bond´s arsenal–rather, the latest research from the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)  scientists unveiling how slim sheets of protein-like structures...

2011-07-28 01:17:55

Berkeley Lab researchers create graphene nanocomposite for high energy storage Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created a graphene and tin nanoscale composite material for high-capacity energy storage in renewable lithium ion batteries. By encapsulating tin between sheets of graphene, the researchers constructed a new, lightweight "sandwich" structure that should bolster battery performance. "For an electric vehicle,...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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