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Scientists Decode the Origin of Universe’s Heavy Elements in the Light from a Neutron Star Merger

October 16th, 2017

On Aug. 17, scientists around the globe were treated to near-simultaneous observations by separate instruments that would ultimately be confirmed as the first measurement of the merger of two neutron stars and its explosive aftermath.

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International Team Reconstructs Nanoscale Virus Features from Correlations of Scattered X-rays

October 12th, 2017

As part of an international research team Berkeley Lab researchers contributed key algorithms which helped achieve a goal first proposed more than 40 years ago – using angular correlations of X-ray snapshots from non-crystalline molecules to determine the 3D structure of important biological objects.

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Injecting Electrons Jolts 2-D Structure Into New Atomic Pattern

October 11th, 2017

The same electrostatic charge that can make hair stand on end and attach balloons to clothing could be an efficient way to drive atomically thin electronic memory devices of the future, according to a new Berkeley Lab study. Scientists have found a way to reversibly change the atomic structure of a 2-D material by injecting it with electrons. The process uses far less energy than current methods for changing the configuration of a material’s structure.

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Reimagining Hydrogen: A Small Molecule With Large-Scale Ideas

October 6th, 2017

While hydrogen is often talked about as a pollution-free fuel of the future, especially for use in fuel cell electric vehicles, hydrogen can be used for much more than zero-emission cars. In fact, from enhancing the flexibility of the grid to greening agriculture, hydrogen could play a major role in a clean and resilient energy system.

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Berkeley Lab Tech Brings Nobel-Winning Cryo-EM Into Sharper Focus

October 4th, 2017

Berkeley Lab played a key role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, awarded today, honoring the development of cryo-EM, an imaging technique that has launched the fields of structural biology and biochemistry into an exciting new era of discovery.

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Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

October 4th, 2017

With emerging exascale supercomputers, researchers will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes quickly and in unprecedented detail, as well as predict how these movements will impact energy infrastructure—from the electric grid to local power plants—and scientific research facilities.