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New Simulations Break Down Potential Impact of a Major Quake by Building Location and Size

June 28th, 2018

With unprecedented resolution, scientists and engineers are simulating precisely how a large-magnitude earthquake along the Hayward Fault would affect different locations and buildings across the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Separate But Together: Ultrathin Membrane Both Isolates and Couples Living and Non-Living Catalysts

June 26th, 2018

Bioelectrochemical systems combine the best of both worlds – microbial cells with inorganic materials – to make fuels and other energy-rich chemicals with unrivaled efficiency. Yet technical difficulties have kept them impractical anywhere but in a lab. Now researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel nanoscale membrane that could address these issues and pave the way for commercial scale-up.

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6 Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

June 21st, 2018

Six scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program.

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

June 19th, 2018

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via a web-based search engine for scientific data, called Science Search, that the Berkeley team is building.

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Faster, Cheaper, Better: A New Way to Synthesize DNA

June 18th, 2018

In what could address a critical bottleneck in biology research, Berkeley Lab researchers announced they have pioneered a new way to synthesize DNA sequences through a creative use of enzymes that promises to be faster, cheaper, and more accurate.

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Scientists Create Continuously Emitting Microlasers With Nanoparticle-Coated Beads

June 18th, 2018

Researchers have found a way to convert nanoparticle-coated microscopic beads into lasers smaller than red blood cells. These microlasers, which convert infrared light into light at higher frequencies, are among the smallest continuously emitting lasers of their kind ever reported.

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CERN Ceremony Marks Groundbreaking for Accelerator Upgrade Involving U.S. National Labs

June 15th, 2018

A groundbreaking ceremony today celebrates the start of civil engineering work for a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. When complete, the High-Luminosity LHC will produce five to seven times more proton-proton collisions than the currently operating LHC, powering new discoveries about our universe.