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Calling All Photographers: Participate in Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk Competition on May 16

March 14th, 2018

Berkeley Lab is offering a special tour to photographers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in a local event that is part of a Global Physics Photowalk 2018 competition. Follow @BerkeleyLab and #LBNLphotowalk online for updates on the local event.

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A Game Changer: Metagenomic Clustering Powered by Supercomputers

March 12th, 2018

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab and Joint Genome Institute took one of the most popular clustering algorithms in modern biology and modified it to run quickly, efficiently and at scale on distributed-memory supercomputers.

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Thirdhand Smoke Found to Increase Lung Cancer Risk in Mice

March 8th, 2018

Researchers at Berkeley Lab identified thirdhand smoke, the toxic residues that linger on indoor surfaces and in dust long after a cigarette has been extinguished, as a health hazard nearly 10 years ago. Now a new study has found that it also increases lung cancer risk in mice.

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Mapping Battery Materials With Atomic Precision

March 7th, 2018

An international team led by researchers at Berkeley Lab used advanced techniques in electron microscopy to show how the ratio of materials that make up a lithium-ion battery electrode affects its structure at the atomic level, and how the surface is very different from the rest of the material.

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Teaching Computers to Guide Science: New Machine Learning Method Sees the Forests and the Trees

March 6th, 2018

While it may be the era of supercomputers and “big data,” without smart methods to mine all that data, it’s only so much digital detritus. Now researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have come up with a novel machine learning method that enables scientists to derive insights from systems of previously intractable complexity in record time.

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Chemical Sleuthing Unravels Possible Path to the Formation of Life’s Building Blocks in Space

March 5th, 2018

Scientists have used experiments at Berkeley Lab to retrace the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space. They showed pathways to forming 2-D carbon-based nanostructures in a mix of heated gases.

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Assessing the Impact of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Forests

March 1st, 2018

Building on methods they used to assess the impact of hurricanes such as Katrina, Gustav, and Rita on forests and tree mortality, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have produced a rapid mapping of the disturbance intensity across Puerto Rico’s forests with the help of Google Earth Engine.