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Bevatron Site Recognized for Historical Contributions to Physics

June 25th, 2021

The site of the former Bevatron, a particle accelerator at Berkeley Lab that operated from 1954 to 1993, has been designated a historic site by the American Physical Society for its exemplary contributions to physics.

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How to Make Lithium-ion Batteries Invincible

June 23rd, 2021

In our future electrified world, the demand for battery storage is projected to be enormous, reaching to upwards of 2 to 10 terawatt-hours (TWh) of annual battery production by 2030, from less than 0.5 TWh today. However, concerns are growing as to whether key raw materials will be adequate to meet this future demand.

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The Story Behind Our Infinitely Recyclable Plastic

June 14th, 2021

A multidisciplinary team has been working for several years to develop a game-changing plastic that, unlike traditional plastics, can be recycled indefinitely and is not made from petroleum. In this Q&A, we asked two project leaders about the inspiration for the unique plastic, shortfalls in our current recycling systems, and how this ambitious project is enabled by a diverse combination of scientific expertise.

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Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars

June 9th, 2021

A research team co-led by Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the chemistry behind the formation of carbon compounds in the early universe could inform cleaner combustion engines.

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Cabling for Large Hadron Collider Upgrade Project Reaches Halfway Mark

June 8th, 2021

Berkeley Lab has passed the halfway mark in the multi-year process of fabricating crucial superconducting cables as part of a project to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This upgrade, now in progress, will greatly increase the facility’s collision rate and its scientific productivity.

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Cyclotron Road Announces Newest Cohort of Entrepreneurial Fellows

June 7th, 2021

This month 11 scientists and engineers will join a prestigious two-year fellowship program at Cyclotron Road based at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. Fellows will embed for two years at Berkeley Lab as they develop new commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing scientific challenges.

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Are Heavy Metals Toxic? Scientists Find Surprising New Clues in Yeast

June 7th, 2021

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have compiled the most complete library yet of lanthanide heavy metals and their potential toxicity – by exposing baker’s yeast to lanthanides. Their findings could help researchers uncover hidden pathways between lanthanide metals and disease.