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About a mile beneath the Earth’s surface in an old gold mine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have built an observatory to study how rocks crack. The knowledge they gain could ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies.

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New Bacteria Groups, and Stunning Diversity, Discovered Underground

October 24th, 2016

One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life.

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Crystal Clear Imaging: Infrared Brings to Light Nanoscale Molecular Arrangement

October 13th, 2016

A team of researchers working at Berkeley Lab has demonstrated infrared imaging of an organic semiconductor known for its electronics capabilities, revealing key nanoscale details about the nature of its crystal features and defects that affect its performance.

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Planetarium Show Brings ‘Phantom’ Matter to Life

October 12th, 2016

A new planetarium show, produced in part by Berkeley Lab’s Michael Barnett, is designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter, which we have so far detected only through its gravitational effects.

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New Opportunities for Small Businesses to Partner with Berkeley Lab

October 11th, 2016

Small businesses in the clean-energy sector have another opportunity to submit Requests for Assistance (RFA) for technical assistance from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other U.S. Department of Energy labs through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot.

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Brain Modulyzer Provides Interactive Window Into the Brain

October 10th, 2016

For the first time, a new tool developed at Berkeley Lab allows researchers to interactively explore the hierarchical processes that happen in the brain when it is resting or performing tasks. Scientists also hope that the tool can shed some light on how neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s spread throughout the brain.

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Scientists Rev Up Speed of Bionic Enzyme Reactions

October 6th, 2016

Bionic enzymes got a needed boost in speed thanks to new research at Berkeley Lab. By pairing a noble metal with a natural enzyme, scientists created a hybrid capable of churning out molecules at a rate comparable to biological counterparts.