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Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment’s notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study from Berkeley Lab, such a system would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Radiation Safety for Sunken-Ship Archaeology

July 7th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers help scientists determine the radiation risk of exploring an underwater aircraft carrier.

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Opening a New Route to Photonics

June 26th, 2015

Berkeley scientists have developed a technique for effectively controlling pulses of light in closely packed nanoscale waveguides, an essential requirement for ultrahigh density, ultracompact integrated photonic circuitry.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists to Develop Better Way to Screen Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 24th, 2015

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing a cell culture that could help researchers better identify chemicals that increase breast cancer susceptibility. The scientists will grow the culture using adult stem cells obtained from breast tissue. Their test will show if a chemical causes a breakdown in cell-to-cell communication, which is a fundamental defect of cancer.

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A New Look at Surface Chemistry

June 17th, 2015

A multi-institutional team of researchers, including scientists from Berkeley Lab, have used a new scanning electron microscopy technique to resolve the unique atomic structure at the surface of a material. This new technique holds promise for the study of catalysis, corrosion and other critical chemical reactions.

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Leaving on a Biofueled Jet Plane

June 15th, 2015

Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80-percent.

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A Bright Light for Ultrafast Snapshots of Materials

June 11th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a bright, high-repetition-rate laser source that can generate XUV light for ultrafast materials dynamics and electronic structure studies.