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$40M to Establish New Observatory Probing Early Universe

May 12th, 2016

A new astronomy facility, the Simons Observatory, is planned in Chile’s Atacama Desert to boost ongoing studies of the evolution of the universe, from its earliest moments to today. The observatory will probe the subtle properties of the universe’s first light, known as cosmic microwave background radiation.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Discover Surprising New Properties in a 2-D Semiconductor

May 12th, 2016

Researchers found how substantial linear defects in a new semiconductor create entirely new properties. Some of these properties indicate the defects might even mediate superconducting states.

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Scientists Take a Major Leap Toward a ‘Perfect’ Quantum Metamaterial

May 11th, 2016

Scientists have devised a way to build a “quantum metamaterial”—an engineered material with exotic properties not found in nature—using ultracold atoms trapped in an artificial crystal composed of light.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Brew Jet Fuel in One-Pot Recipe

May 10th, 2016

Berkeley Lab scientists have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Part of New Particle-hunting Season at CERN’s LHC

May 9th, 2016

Scientists at Berkeley Lab will be sifting through loads of new data expected from the latest experimental run at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

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How Ameriflux Helped Determine the Impact of the 2012 U.S. Drought on the Carbon Cycle

May 4th, 2016

In 2012, the United States experienced the warmest spring on record followed by the most severe drought since the Dust Bowl. A team of scientists used a network of Ameriflux sites to map the carbon flux across the United States during the drought.