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Researcher Thinks Outside the Box for Big Science

Researchers at Berkeley Lab are developing an “optimization algorithm” toolset that pinpoints which variables of a “black box” simulation model will churn out the most realistic data in less time.

Gamma Rays, Watch Out: There’s a New Detector in Town

With funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) award announced last year, NSD’s Heather Crawford and her team of researchers are developing a prototype for an ultrahigh-rate high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector that can count 2 to 5 million gamma rays per second while maintaining high resolution, allowing them to accurately measure the energy spectrum under extreme conditions.

All Aboard the Jungle Express!

JBEI researchers pave the way for efficient gene expression at any scale

Improving Soil Quality Can Slow Global Warming

This article is excerpted from a UC Berkeley news release. Read the full article here. Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Lawrence

Berkeley Lab-Developed Digital Library is a Game-Changer for Environmental Research

By Linda Vu  Having access to environmental data is crucial for everything from planning for our water and energy needs and safeguarding against environmental threats to building resilient infrastructure. Now a digital tool developed by a collaboration of scientists led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will make it much easier to use high-quality

Facebook Live Event Will Feature Science at the Advanced Light Source

What goes on at an X-ray light source? Tune in to Berkeley Lab’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleyLab/, at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) this Friday, July 27. Staff from Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) will describe this science facility and their work. The Facebook Live event will cater to an all-ages audience.

Ramamoorthy Ramesh To Lead “Beyond Moore’s Law” Initiative

After serving four years as Berkeley Lab’s Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics. This new initiative has been dubbed “Beyond Moore’s Law,” as it seeks the solution to what

2 Poets and a Particle Accelerator

Two visiting poets – Kate Greene, a former Berkeley Lab science writer who is an author, essayist, journalist, and poet; and fellow poet, writer, and science enthusiast Anastasios Karnazes – drew inspiration from an overnight stay at Berkeley Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron from June 14-15.

Scientists Dig Deep to Track Down California’s Ever-Changing Groundwater Supply

Erica Woodburn, a research scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, is developing a new modeling technique that employs remote sensing technology to understand the effects of climate change on California’s groundwater supply.

Erica Woodburn first fell in love with hydrogeology as an undergraduate majoring in geology. Today, she is a research scientist in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area.

Vote for Your Favorite Photos: 2018 Physics Photowalk Competition

Pick your favorite photos from the Berkeley Lab Physics Photowalk event in May. We will announce the People’s Choice winners in August.