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Dark Matter Experiment’s Central Component Takes a Deep Dive – Nearly a Mile Underground

Last week, crews at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota strapped the central component of LUX-ZEPLIN – the largest direct-detection dark matter experiment in the U.S. – below an elevator and s-l-o-w-l-y lowered it 4,850 feet down a shaft formerly used in gold-mining operations.

DESI Opens Its 5,000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos

A new instrument mounted atop a telescope in Arizona has aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” at the night sky to capture the first images showing its unique view of galaxy light.

Living on the Edge: How a 2D Material Got Its Shape

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have gained valuable insight into why 3D transition-metal-oxide nanoparticles can easily grow into 2D nanosheets. Their findings could revolutionize the design of materials with surface-enhanced properties for energy storage and catalysis applications.

Unlocking the Biochemical Treasure Chest Within Microbes

An international team of scientists led 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.

Distinguished European Academy Elects Berkeley Lab Chemist Polly Arnold

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.

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

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.

ESnet a Key Partner on Project to Build Novel Network Research Infrastructure

Berkeley Lab’s ESnet is one of five organizations leading an effort to create a nationwide research infrastructure that will enable the computer science and networking community to develop and test novel architectures that could yield a faster, more secure Internet.

KATRIN Cuts the Mass Estimate for the Elusive Neutrino in Half

An international team of scientists that includes Berkeley Lab researchers has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino, one of the most abundant yet elusive elementary particles in our universe.

New Investigation Cuts Through the Haze Surrounding ‘Smoke-Free’ Tobacco Products

Marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, a new class of tobacco products called heat-not-burn devices is quickly gaining in popularity across the globe. A study by Berkeley Lab’s Indoor Environment Group shows that, although the chemical emissions from these devices are lower than those produced by conventional cigarettes, they are still high enough to raise concern.

How California Wildfires Can Impact Water Availability

In recent years, wildfires in the western United States have occurred with increasing frequency and scale. Climate change scenarios in California predict prolonged periods of drought with potential for conditions even more amenable to wildfires. The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide up to 70% of the state’s water resources, yet there is little known on how