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Polar Vortices Observed in Ferroelectric

January 27th, 2016

Berkeley Lab researchers have observed polar vortices in a ferroelectric material that appear to be the electrical cousins of magnetic skyrmions. This discovery holds intriguing possibilities for advanced electronic devices and could also rewrite our basic understanding of ferroelectrics.

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Moore Foundation Funds Berkeley Lab for Next-Generation Accelerators

January 25th, 2016

Berkeley Lab researchers will receive $2.4 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop compact free electron lasers that will serve as powerful, affordable x-ray sources for scientific discovery. This new technology could lead to portable and high-contrast x-ray imaging to observe chemical reactions, visualize the flow of electrons, or watch biological processes unfold.

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Weaving a New Story for COFS and MOFs

January 21st, 2016

An international collaboration led by Berkeley Lab scientists
has woven the first 3D covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from helical organic threads. The woven COFs display significant advantages in structural flexibility, resiliency and reversibility over previous COFs.

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UC names Michael Witherell to head Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

January 21st, 2016

The University of California Board of Regents today (Jan. 21) approved Michael Witherell, vice chancellor for research at UC Santa Barbara, as director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Witherell is a leading physicist with a highly distinguished career in teaching, research and managing complex organizations.

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Explore Galaxies Far, Far Away at Internet Speeds

January 21st, 2016

Scientists have released an “expansion pack” for a virtual tour of the universe that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own computer. The latest version of the publicly accessible images of the sky roughly doubles the size of the searchable universe from the project’s original release in May.

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Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

January 20th, 2016

The past century has seen a 0.8°C increase in average global temperature, and according to the IPCC, the overwhelming source of this increase has been emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from human activities. What remains unclear is precisely what fraction of the observed changes in these climate-sensitive systems can confidently be attributed to human-related influences, rather than mere natural regional fluctuations in climate. So Gerrit Hansen of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Dáithí Stone of Berkeley Lab developed and applied a novel methodology for answering this challenging question.