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Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have created a one-atom thin magnet that operates at room temperature. The ultrathin magnet could lead to new applications in computing and electronics, and new tools for the study of quantum physics.

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How Managing Building Energy Demand Can Aid the Clean Energy Transition

July 21st, 2021

Since buildings consume 75% of electricity in the U.S., they offer great potential for saving energy and reducing the demands on our rapidly changing electric grid. But how much, where, and through which strategies could better management of building energy use actually impact the electricity system?

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Deconstructing the Infectious Machinery of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

July 19th, 2021

Scientists from three national labs have published a comprehensive study that – alongside other recent, complementary studies of coronavirus proteins and genetics – represents the first step toward developing treatments for COVID-19.

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What if We Could Give Viruses a One-Two Punch?

July 15th, 2021

Researchers at Stanford and Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have developed virus-killing molecules called peptoids. The technology could make possible an emerging category of antiviral drugs that could treat everything from herpes and COVID-19 to the common cold.

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Empowering a Neighborhood to Breathe Easy

July 7th, 2021

Companies like Purple Air and IQAir, with air pollution sensors that cost under $300, have brought air quality monitoring to the masses. But when Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Tom Kirchstetter looked at Purple Air’s map last year during wildfire season, he noticed a big hole in Richmond, a city of 110,000 to the north of Berkeley.

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This Crystal Impurity Is Sheer Perfection

June 29th, 2021

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed a nanoparticle composite that grows into 3D crystals. The new 3D-grown material could speed up production and eliminate errors in the mass manufacturing of nanoscale photonics for smart buildings or actuators for robotics.

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One-of-a-Kind Course Aims to Build the Bioeconomy Workforce

June 28th, 2021

A new course that takes place at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit gives UC Berkeley students hands-on experience with bioprocessing equipment, preparing them for careers in the biopharmaceutical, industrial biotech, or food tech industries.