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A photovoltaic glass that is also reversibly thermochromic is a green technology researchers have long worked toward, and now, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have demonstrated a way to make it work.

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It All Starts With a ‘Spark’: Berkeley Lab Delivers Injector That Will Drive X-Ray Laser Upgrade

January 22nd, 2018

A team at Berkeley Lab has designed, built, and delivered a unique version of a device, called an injector gun, that can produce a steady stream of these electron bunches. The gun will be used to produce brilliant X-ray laser pulses at a rapid-fire rate of up to 1 million per second.

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Coupling Experiments to Theory to Build a Better Battery

January 18th, 2018

A Berkeley Lab-led team of researchers has reported that a new lithium-sulfur battery component allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles.

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X-Rays Reveal ‘Handedness’ in Swirling Electric Vortices

January 15th, 2018

Scientists used spiraling X-rays at Berkeley Lab to observe, for the first time, a property that gives left- or right-handedness to swirling electric patterns – dubbed polar vortices – in a layered material called a superlattice.

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Ingredients for Life Revealed in Meteorites That Fell to Earth

January 10th, 2018

A detailed study of blue salt crystals found in two meteorites that crashed to Earth – which included X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab – found that they contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds including hydrocarbons and amino acids.

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Real World Native Biocrusts: Microbial Metabolism

January 4th, 2018

Specific compounds are transformed by and strongly associated with specific bacteria in native biological soil crust (biocrust) using a suite of tools called “exometabolomics.” Understanding how microbial communities in biocrusts adapt to harsh environments could shed light on the roles of soil microbes in the global carbon cycle.

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Star Mergers: A New Test of Gravity, Dark Energy Theories

December 18th, 2017

Observations and measurements of a neutron star merger have largely ruled out some theories relating to gravity and dark energy, and challenged a large class of theories.