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A New Way to Make Chemicals Not Found in Nature

Adapted from a UC Berkeley news release. Synthetic biologists have successfully engineered microbes to make chemicals cheaply and more sustainably. However, researchers have been limited by the fact that microbes can only make molecules using chemical reactions seen in nature. A collaboration between scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley has engineered the microbe E.

New Technique Gets the Drop On Enzyme Reactions

Researchers develop an efficient method for studying fast biochemical reactions as they happen in real time

Physicists Snap First Image of an ‘Electron Ice’

A breakthrough image captured by scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley proves solid state of electrons predicted more than 90 years ago.

Skyrmions Could Be Future of Computing; X-Ray Experiments Reveal Their Secrets

Skyrmions are little vortexes or whirlpools created by the spins of electrons when magnetic fields are applied to certain magnetic materials. In a series of recent studies, scientists at Berkeley Lab, SLAC, Stanford, and UC San Diego used an X-ray laser to discover new aspects of skyrmion behavior.

Is Gravity a Quantum Force?

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have proposed an experiment that may settle the persistent question: Is gravity truly a quantum force?

Enzyme Action Movie Shows How Nature Makes Penicillins

This video shows steps of the enzymatic reaction that makes a double-ringed molecule, which is the structural starting point to produce molecules in a large class of antibiotics. (Credit: Patrick Rabe/Oxford University)   Scientists who specialize in studying the atom-by-atom choreography of enzymes have revealed new insights into the function of isopenicillin N synthase, an

AI-Fueled Software Reveals Accurate Protein Structure Prediction

By Ashleigh Papp “The dream of predicting a protein shape just from its gene sequence is now a reality,” said Paul Adams, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at Berkeley Lab. For Adams and other structural biologists who study proteins, predicting their shape offers a key to understanding their function and accelerating treatments for diseases like

Scientist at Berkeley Lab Played a Hand in “Inescapable” COVID-19 Antibody Discovery

An antibody therapy that appears to neutralize all known SARS-CoV-2 strains, and other coronaviruses, was developed with a little help from structural biologist Jay Nix

Silicon Nanowire Offers Efficient High-Temperature Thermoelectric System

Berkeley Lab and Stanford researchers collaborate to find promising solution for converting waste heat to electricity.

New Thermal Wave Diagnostic Technique Advances Battery Performance Testing

Berkeley Lab team combines thermal and electrochemistry expertise to make battery testing cheaper and faster.