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Berkeley Lab Awarded More Than $13M for Electric Vehicle Battery Research

Berkeley Lab has been awarded more than $13 million for five research projects that will accelerate the development of advanced lithium batteries and smart, connected vehicles, making it easier to switch to electric vehicles.

New Technology Sees Underground to Assess Crop Roots

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new sensing technology to assess crops by “seeing” into the soil while keeping a plant’s roots intact. Tomographic Electrical Rhizosphere Imager (TERI) placed first this month in a Bayer Crop Science Grants4Tech competition that evaluated how novel sensing devices can collect key root trait data, including mass, length, and diameter of important agriculture crops, such as corn and soybean, in the field without disturbing the plant.

Improved Earth System Model Could Help Better Predict Impact of Extreme Events

Berkeley Lab scientists have contributed to improving the land component of the latest release of this earth system model – dubbed E3SM2 – which can now generate more precise simulations twice as fast as before.

A ‘BETTER’ Way Forward for Low-Cost, Accessible Retrofits

Building operations account for a whopping 35% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. A free online tool developed by Berkeley Lab with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) — the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) — is helping to bring that number down by virtually evaluating buildings for immediate no- and low-cost energy efficiency upgrades.

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