News Center

Feature Story

Berkeley Lab’s Top 10 Science Stories of 2019

December 16th, 2019

Our 10 most popular news stories in 2019 reflect the scope of our scientific achievements this year, ranging from a new way to recycle plastic to spearheading a once-in-a-generation investment in water treatment technologies. Here are the most viewed stories at the Berkeley Lab News Center this year, followed by four Editor’s Picks.

News Release

Tiny Quantum Sensors Watch Materials Transform Under Pressure

December 12th, 2019

A team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab has transformed diamonds’ natural atomic flaws into an ultrasensitive diamond anvil sensor that could open the door to a new generation of smart, designer materials, as well as the synthesis of new chemical compounds, atomically fine-tuned by pressure.

News Release

Simulations Attempt to Reconstruct One of the Most Explosive Events in the Universe: A Neutron Star Merger

December 12th, 2019

A team led by scientists that included Berkeley Lab researchers has simulated the formation of a disc of matter, a giant burst of ejected matter, and the startup of energetic jets in the aftermath of a merger by two neutron stars.

Feature Story

A Peek into the Battery Technology Pipeline

December 11th, 2019

With its deep expertise in materials research, materials design, and energy storage technologies, Berkeley Lab is working on better battery alternatives. Gerbrand Ceder, a battery researcher in the Materials Science Division, details four battery technologies being studied by Berkeley Lab scientists that could make a big difference in the future.

News Release

Freeze Frame: Scientists Capture Atomic-Scale Snapshots of Artificial Proteins

December 4th, 2019

Scientists at Berkeley Lab are the first to use cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to image atomic changes in artificial proteins known as “peptoids.” Their findings have implications for the synthesis of soft, 2D materials for a wide variety of applications.

Feature Story

Rare Disease Q&A: What Rare Diseases Are and Why That Matters

December 3rd, 2019

Berkeley Lab’s Chris Mungall and Nomi Harris explain how agreeing on precise definitions of each rare disease can lead to more accurate diagnoses and better treatments, and share new evidence showing this endeavor is more important than ever.

News Release

Six Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

November 26th, 2019

Berkeley Lab’s Rebecca Abergel, Roland Bürgmann, Cheryl A. Kerfeld, Michael Manga, Natalie Roe, and David V. Schaffer have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.