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New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.

Getting to Know Meteors Better

X-ray studies of meteorite samples, conducted by NASA and Berkeley Lab researchers, could help gauge threats to Earth by providing new insights on the microscopic makeup of asteroids and how they break up in the atmosphere.

A New Paradigm in Parachute Design

X-ray-based experiments at Berkeley Lab will simulate—in microscopic detail—spacecraft parachute fabric performance in the extreme conditions of other planets’ atmospheres.

The Heat is On

NASA is developing a new family of flexible heat-shield systems with a woven carbon-fiber base material, and is using X-rays at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source to test the designs.

When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science

NASA and Berkeley Lab researchers have teamed up to explore next-generation spacecraft materials at the microscale using an X-ray technique that produces 3-D images. This work could help ensure future spacecraft survive the rigors of otherworldly atmospheres.

Workshop Focuses on the Unique Science Enabled by ALS-U

Visiting scientists gave input during a workshop last week on the range of new X-ray science made possible by a planned upgrade of the Advanced Light Source.

Chemistry on the Edge: Study Pinpoints Most Active Areas of Reactions on Nanoscale Particles

Defects and jagged surfaces at the edges of nanosized platinum and gold particles are key hot spots for chemical reactivity, researchers confirmed using a unique infrared probe.

New Graphene-Based System Could Help Us ‘See’ Electrical Signaling in Heart and Nerve Cells

Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene to function like the film of an incredibly sensitive camera system in visually mapping tiny electric fields. They hope to enlist the new method to image electrical signaling networks in our hearts and brains.

Finding Diamonds in the Rough

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center used crystallography and biophysical methods to better understand how the NOV1 enzyme breaks down a a stilbene substrate into two smaller compounds. Understanding this unusual chemical reaction brings insight on how to generate desirable biofuels and bioproducts from biomass deconstruction.

7 Imaging Tools Pushing Science Forward

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing new ways to see the unseen. Here are seven imaging advances (recently reported in our News Center) that are helping to push science forward, from developing better batteries to peering inside cells to exploring the nature of the universe.   1. Seeing DNA nanostructures in 3-D DNA segments can serve as a