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Berkeley Scientists Use Robots to Probe Biological Secrets of the Ocean’s Carbon Cycle


Follow Berkeley scientists on a 10-day research voyage off the California coast as they test robotic floats in studies of the ocean’s biological carbon pump. Robotic measurements at sea are promising sources of data that could be used to better understand climate change. Follow along as a Lab science writer blogs daily about the trip.  Go here

5 Nanoscience Research Projects That Could Deliver Big Results

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Berkeley Lab researchers are using the science of the very small to help solve big challenges. That’s because, at the nanoscale—the scale of molecules and proteins—new and exciting properties emerge that can possibly be put to use. Here are five projects, now underway and recently highlighted in the News Center, which promise big results from the

New workflow to help microbe-based biofuels production

Scientist picks up bacterial colonies. (iStockphoto)

The development of omics technologies, such as metabolomics and proteomics, and systems biology have dramatically enhanced the ability to understand biological phenomena. However, the interpretation of large omics data and the understanding of complex metabolic interactions in engineered microbes remains challenging. A new open-source workflow developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy

Calling All Innovators: Submit Your Ideas for Smart, Energy Efficient Buildings!

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants your ideas on how to make buildings smarter and more energy efficient. As a DOE national lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is partnering with the DOE and private industry on JUMP, an online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. You can submit your ideas on specific technology

Scientists Image First Steps in DNA Transcription

DNA unfolding to make RNA. RNA appears briefly in bright red. (Credit: Eva Nogales)

Working at temperatures near absolute zero, scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have captured images of proteins at work in the early steps of DNA transcription.

Mapping a Cell’s Destiny

Scientists have developed a way to spatially map gene expression data from a fruit fly embryo (top). Shown are a few of the 21 different “principal patterns” (PP), or pre-organ regions, they mapped. The principal patterns correspond to major organ systems in an adult fly (bottom). (Credit Siqi Wu, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab)

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed a way to spatially map gene expression data to determine a cell’s fate. The method could go far in interrogating human tissue organization and helping elucidate key aspects of development, human health and disease.

Cleansing Rain? Not So Fast.

Scientists have found that rain triggers the release of a mist of particles from wet soils into the air, a finding with consequences for how scientists model our planet’s climate and future. (Credit PNNL)

A surprising finding by scientists at Berkeley Lab and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shows that rain’s reputation for cleansing the air may come with a caveat.

Q&A: ‘Thyristors’ are for BART Trains and Particle Accelerators, Too

An example of a palm-sized type of thyristor type that has been used at Berkeley Lab. The device has a white ceramic casing, an internal semiconductor chip, and red and white trigger wires. (Credit: Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

Power-switching devices known as “thyristors” are not just for BART trains—Berkeley Lab has used them in particle accelerators for decades.

Updated Workflows for New LHC


After a massive upgrade, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle collider is now smashing particles at an unprecedented 13 tera-electron-volts (TeV)—nearly double the energy of its previous run from 2010-2012. In just one second, the LHC can now produce up to 1 billion collisions and generate up to 10 gigabytes of

President Obama Honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists


President Obama has named 106 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Included on the list this year is Michael Stadler of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area (ETA).