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Battery Breakthrough Gives Boost to Electric Flight and Long-Range Electric Cars

July 20th, 2020

Researchers at Berkeley Lab, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft.

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SLAC’s Upgraded X-Ray Laser Facility Produces First Light

July 17th, 2020

Today, the hard X-ray system for LCLS-II achieved “first light,” demonstrating its performance in readiness for the experimental campaigns ahead. Berkeley Lab oversaw the construction and delivery of the powerful magnetic components, called undulator segments, for the hard X-ray system.

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The Secret to Renewable Solar Fuels Is an Off-and-On Again Relationship

July 17th, 2020

Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting CO2 into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen, according to Berkeley Lab and Caltech scientists. They say it’s better to have had something special and lost it than to have never had it at all – who would have thought that holds true for metal oxides within solar fuel catalysts?

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Natalie Roe Named Berkeley Lab’s Associate Director for Physical Sciences 

July 15th, 2020

Natalie Roe, who joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) as a postdoctoral fellow in 1989 and has served as Physics Division director since 2012, has been named the Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Physical Sciences Area. Her appointment was approved by the University of California today and was effective July 1, 2020. The announcement follows an international search. 

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Charm Quarks Offer Clues to Confinement

July 15th, 2020

Berkeley Lab researchers led the analysis of particle collider data from Brookhaven Lab that provides new insight into how particles called quarks combine to form hadrons, which are essential in the makeup of ordinary matter.

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Clues to COVID-19 Treatments Could Be Hiding in Existing Data – These Scientists Want to Find Them 

July 15th, 2020

Researchers across the world have already amassed tons of info about COVID-19, and learn more every day. Now, Berkeley Lab experts are developing a platform that puts all this valuable knowledge in one place, and leverages machine learning to make new discoveries.

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Scientists Successfully Demonstrate a New Experiment in the Search for Theorized ‘Neutrinoless’ Process

July 13th, 2020

Berkeley Lab-affiliated researchers played a leading role in analyzing data for a demonstration experiment in France that has achieved record precision for a specialized detector material.