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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).

One-Stop Shop for Biofuels

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Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal.

How to Train Your Bacterium

Peidong solar feature

Berkeley Lab researchers are using the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to perform photosynthesis and also to synthesize semiconductor nanoparticles in a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system for converting sunlight into valuable chemical products.

2D Islands in Graphene Hold Promise for Future Device Fabrication

This AFM image shows 2D F4TCNQ islands on graphene/BN that could be used to modify the graphene for electronic devices.

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered a new mechanism for assembling two-dimensional molecular “islands” that could be used to modify graphene at the nanometer scale for use in electronic devices.

On the way to Multiband Solar Cells

Schematic of electron/hole transfer within intermediate band solar cell with GaNAs alloy as the light absorber.

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed an intermediate band solar cell that opens the door to high-efficiency solar cells and multicolor light emitters.

Berkeley Lab Hosts Bay Area Battery Summit

2015 Bay Area Battery Summit - The Energy Storage Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities. Speakers, panel discussions, alternative fuel vehicles display, poster session - November 04, 2015 at Berkeley Lab Bldg.50 auditorium.

More than 200 people attended the 2015 Bay Area Battery Summit at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Nov. 3 to discuss how to promote transformative energy storage technologies. The purpose of the Summit was to bring scientists together with policymakers and business to discuss what more could be done—whether in labs, universities, industry, Congress, or

It Takes a Thief

The overall architecture of Cas1–Cas2 bound to protospacer DNA with line segments that indicate DNA lengths spanning a total of 33 nucleotides.

The discovery by Berkeley Lab researchers of the structural basis by which bacteria are able to capture genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological system holds promise for studying or correcting problems in human genomes.