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Five Berkeley Lab Scientists Among New Fellows Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 12th, 2017

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today the election of 188 fellows, five of whom are scientists at Berkeley Lab. The new Berkeley Lab fellows are Jamie Cate, Christopher Chang, Roger Falcone, Michael Witherell and Katherine Yelick. All hold joint faculty appointments at UC Berkeley.

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Researchers Gain Insight into Protein Critical to Zika Virus Reproduction

April 10th, 2017

Berkeley Lab researchers collaborated with colleagues from the University of Indiana and Texas A&M University to solve the atomic structure of a Zika virus protein that is key to viral reproduction. The X-ray studies were conducted at the Advanced Light Source in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology.

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New Measurements Suggest ‘Antineutrino Anomaly’ Fueled by Modeling Error

April 5th, 2017

Results from a new study involving Berkeley Lab scientists could explain a mismatch between predictions and recent measurements of ghostly particles streaming from nuclear reactors—the so-called “reactor antineutrino anomaly” that has puzzled physicists since 2011.

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The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa

March 27th, 2017

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options.

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Cryo-Electron Microscopy Achieves Unprecedented Resolution Using New Computational Methods

March 23rd, 2017

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM)—which enables the visualization of viruses, proteins, and other biological structures at the molecular level—is a critical tool used to advance biochemical knowledge. Now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have extended cryo-EM’s impact further by developing a new computational

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New Study Maps Space Dust in 3-D

March 22nd, 2017

A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides 3-D views of space dust in the Milky Way, which could help us understand the properties of this dust and how it affects views of distant objects.