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Construction of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves Forward

LUX-ZEPLIN, an ultrasensitive dark matter detector, has cleared a major approval milestone and is on track to begin its mile-deep hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs in 2020.

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal Slices

Researchers have observed, for the first time, an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a tiny crystal they made at Berkeley Lab.

Ed Lofgren, Pioneering ‘Rad Lab,’ Berkeley Lab, and Manhattan Project Physicist, dies at 102

Edward Joseph Lofgren, a pioneering Berkeley Lab physicist who was a close associate of E.O. Lawrence and worked on the Manhattan Project, died Sept. 6 at age 102.

A Conscious Coupling of Magnetic and Electric Materials

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Cornell University have successfully paired ferroelectric and ferrimagnetic materials so that their alignment can be controlled with a small electric field at near room temperatures. The achievement could open doors to ultra low-power microprocessors, storage devices and next-generation electronics.

Teams of Scientists Gather at Berkeley Lab to Study Secrets of Plants’ Plumbing

To resolve open questions about water transport in plants and how they respond to stress such as drought, science teams from around the world gathered at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley for an intensive round of experiments.

Accelerator Operator Stitches Together Storied Career at Bevatron, Cyclotron

Catherine “Reba” Siero, an accelerator operator at Berkeley Lab, has worked for more than two decades at its 88-Inch Cyclotron and earlier worked in particle-beam-based cancer treatments and biology research at the lab.

Researchers Peel Back Another Layer of Chemistry with ‘Tender’ X-rays

Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry, which forms in a narrow band where liquid meets solid, thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit developed at Berkeley Lab.

Researchers Gear Up Galaxy-seeking Robots for a Test Run

A prototype system that will test a planned array of 5,000 robots for a sky-mapping instrument is taking shape at Berkeley Lab. Dubbed ProtoDESI, the scaled-down, 10-robot system will run through a series of tests on a telescope in Arizona from August-September.

Hunting for Dark Matter’s ‘Hidden Valley’

Kathryn Zurek realized a decade ago that we may be searching in the wrong places for clues to one of the universe’s greatest unsolved mysteries: dark matter. Despite making up an estimated 85 percent of the total mass of the universe, we haven’t yet figured out what it’s made of.

3 Knowns and 3 Unknowns about Dark Matter

While we can’t see dark matter, we are learning more about it. Here are three knowns and three unknowns about dark matter.