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Berkeley Lab Intern Focuses on Using Light for Spaceflight

Elliot Heywood had dreamed of landing an internship at the science lab in the hills not far from his school in Lafayette, California, but he never could have imagined this dream would take wing as a summerlong stint researching an ultrafast interplanetary propulsion system. In May, after a friend and fellow high school senior at

Internship Fuels a Student’s Budding Career in Science

Ever wonder what the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit looks like from the inside? Check out Carolina Gutierrez’s Berkeley Lab Instagram Takeover, “The Day in the Life of an Intern at ABPDU,” at As a high school student in her hometown of Manteca, California, Carolina Gutierrez was a top student who excelled in advanced

Mimicking Nature with Designer Molecules

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry is hosting the 10th Peptoid Summit, a gathering of students, postdocs, and other researchers who are investigating new directions in biologically inspired polymer research, focusing on synthetic chains of molecules termed “peptoids.” The conference began Thursday and ends today. Peptoids, or “peptide-like molecules,” are human-made versions of nature’s proteins that are

Berkeley Lab Intern Finds Her Way in Particle Physics

A Berkeley Lab intern is pursuing her passion in particle physics. Katie Dunne is designing circuit boards for the Atlas experiment at CERN.

Sequencing of Green Alga Genome Provides Blueprint to Advance Clean Energy, Bioproducts

Scientists have sequenced the genome of a green alga that has drawn commercial interest as a strong producer of quality lipids for biofuel production. The chromosome-assembly genome of Chromochloris zofingiensis provides a blueprint for new discoveries in producing sustainable biofuels, antioxidants, and other valuable bioproducts.

Scientists Sequence Genome of Snail That Spreads Parasitic Worm

Scientists have characterized the genome of a freshwater snail that is instrumental in transmitting a parasitic worm to humans. The achievement could help researchers disrupt the life cycle of B. glabrata and potentially eliminate schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever.

Future Shines Bright for Space Science Intern Zachary Raha

Zachary Raha was the kind of kid who always had a side project. Today, Raha—who recently completed a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) with Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter of the Physics Division—keeps himself busy with maps of a different scale: the expansion history of the universe as illustrated by Type Ia supernovae.

Designing Cyclic Oligomers: Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts

-Written By Lida Gifford Cyclic proteins that assemble from multiple identical subunits (homo-oligomers) play key roles in many biological processes, including cell signaling and enzymatic catalysis and protein function. Researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division worked with University of Washington’s David Baker, who led a team to design in silico

How Berkelium Stands Out in a Heavy Metal Crowd

Researchers have found that among the heavy metal elements, berkelium has an unusual characteristic that could potentially be used to distinguish it from other radioactive actinides.

Could This Enzyme Help Turn Biofuel Waste into Something Useful?

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute are looking to common soil bacteria for help in converting aryl compounds, a common waste product from biofuels synthesis, into something of value.