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An international team of scientists lead by the Joint Genome Institute has developed a genetic engineering tool that makes producing and analyzing microbial secondary metabolites – the basis for many important agricultural, industrial, and medical products – much easier than before, and could even lead to breakthroughs in biomanufacturing.

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Better Predicting Earthquake Damage to Infrastructure with Faster Computing

October 18th, 2019

Researchers at Berkeley Lab are using high-performance computing systems to better predict how structures will respond to an earthquake along one of the Bay Area’s most dangerous faults.

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Barbara Jacak Receives 2019 Distinguished Scientist Fellow Award

October 16th, 2019

Barbara Jacak, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science Division since 2015, has been named a 2019 Distinguished Scientist Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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How Does Climate Change Affect Mountainous Watersheds That Give Us Our Water?

September 30th, 2019

Ecologist Heidi Steltzer, a Fort Lewis College professor and member of the Department of Energy’s Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area (SFA) project led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, studies how reduced snowpack and earlier snowmelt caused by climate change impact water supply in high-mountain areas. She is a contributing lead author of a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

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Distinguished European Academy Elects Berkeley Lab Chemist Polly Arnold

September 24th, 2019

Renowned heavy-element chemist Polly Arnold has been elected a member of Academia Europaea. Arnold was recently appointed Chemical Sciences Division Director at Berkeley Lab.

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New $100M Innovation Hub to Accelerate R&D for a Secure Water Future

September 23rd, 2019

The National Alliance for Water Innovation, which is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been awarded a five-year, $100-million Energy-Water Desalination Hub by DOE to address water security issues in the United States.

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How to Get a Particle Detector on a Plane

September 19th, 2019

Berkeley Lab is one of five sites around the globe that is building detector panels for an upgrade project that will improve the performance of a particle detector’s inner tracking system – including its resolution to take snapshots of particle collisions, its durability, and data-collection speed.