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After the Caldor Fire erupted in August 2021, scientists from Berkeley Lab launched a research project to study how the fire would affect the mountain ecosystem, including factors such as streamflow, groundwater levels, water quality, and possible soil erosion leading to floods and debris flow. They mobilized to burn areas to collect samples of water, sediment, and ash.

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Stronger, Lighter, Better: Nanotwinned Titanium Forges Path to Sustainable Manufacturing

October 20th, 2021

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed a cheap and efficient way to produce pure titanium metal. Their approach is scalable for commercial production, and produces an easily recycled product.

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New Technique Paves the Way for Perfect Perovskites

October 19th, 2021

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Technical University of Munich have developed a new technique that allows researchers to synthesize a perovskite solar material and test its performance at the same time.

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Research Team Unlocks Secret Path to a Quantum Future

October 12th, 2021

Researchers from Berkeley Lab’s Center for Novel Pathways to Quantum Coherence in Materials are developing new pathways to create and protect quantum coherence. Doing so will enable exquisitely sensitive measurement and information processing devices that function at ambient or even extreme conditions.

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Hydrogen Can Play Key Role in U.S. Decarbonization

October 8th, 2021

A Q&A with Berkeley Lab scientists on how hydrogen can help achieve net-zero emissions. Adam Weber is Berkeley Lab’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Program Manager and leads Berkeley Lab’s Energy Conversion Group (ECG), and Ahmet Kusoglu is a staff scientist in the ECG, a multidisciplinary team of electrochemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, theorists, and material scientists with active collaborations across industry, academia, and national laboratories.

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Cell ‘Fingerprinting’ Could Yield Long-Awaited Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic

October 6th, 2021

A new process combining infrared light analysis and machine learning shows potential to break barriers in disease detection.

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Cracking Open Strong Field Quantum Electrodynamics

September 28th, 2021

Berkeley Lab’s researchers’ unique capabilities aided international effort to probe fundamental questions in physics