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Roman Seawater Concrete Holds the Secret to Cutting Carbon Emissions

At the Advanced Light Source, scientists analyzed samples from a Roman breakwater that has been submerged in the Bay of Naples for over two millennia, revealing the secrets of crystal chemistry that allow Roman seawater concrete to resist chemical attack and wave action for centuries. The manufacture of extraordinarily durable Roman maritime concrete released much less carbon than most modern concrete does today and presents important opportunities for improving quality and reducing atmospheric carbon.

Five Berkeley Lab Researchers Elected to NAE

Five researchers affiliated with Berkeley Lab have been elected into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honors accorded to an engineer. Joining this year’s class of 68 new members and nine foreign associates were Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Eugene Haller, Jay Keasling, Art Rosenfeld and Xiang Zhang.