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Weighing In on ‘Light’ Dark Matter: Q&A With Sinéad Griffin

October 30th, 2020

In this Q&A, Sinéad Griffin, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and Molecular Foundry, shares her thoughts on her search for light dark matter, the ultimate materials design challenge, and Berkeley Lab’s collaborative “team science” culture.

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LaserNetUS High-Power Laser Consortium, Including Berkeley Lab, Receives $18M From the U.S. DOE

October 28th, 2020

New U.S. Department of Energy funding totaling $18 million, including $1 million for user support, will be distributed among 10 partner institutions – including Berkeley Lab – and will continue and expand LaserNetUS operations for three years.

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X-Rays Reveal Architectural Clues to the Crush-Resistance of Diabolical Ironclad Beetles

October 27th, 2020

To see, in microscopic detail, what makes the diabolical ironclad beetle so uniquely sturdy, researchers used an X-ray imaging technique at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source synchrotron, and other techniques, to explore a protective covering known as the “elytra,” its abdomen, and other parts.

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A Major Milestone for an Underground Dark Matter Search Experiment

October 27th, 2020

Crews working on the largest U.S. experiment designed to directly detect dark matter completed a major milestone last month, and are now turning their sights toward startup after experiencing some delays due to global pandemic precautions.

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VIDEO: Dark Matter Day Q&A with LUX-ZEPLIN Spokesperson Kevin Lesko

October 26th, 2020

Kevin Lesko, a spokesperson for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment and senior physicist at Berkeley Lab, shares his insights about the mysteries of dark matter, what we know about it, and what we hope to learn about it from LZ, in this Q&A interview at Sanford Lab.

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Berkeley Lab Building Efficiency Campaign Drives $95M in Annual Energy Savings

October 20th, 2020

One hundred and four U.S. companies, schools, governments, and institutions are taking their building energy savings to a new level with the Department of Energy’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, a four-year initiative funded through the Building Technologies Office and facilitated by Berkeley Lab.

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Chasing Their Tails but Getting Somewhere: Reimagining the Shape of Noise Leads to Improved Molecular Models

October 20th, 2020

A Berkeley Lab intern and his mentor develop an algorithm that will extract better structures from low-quality crystallography diffraction data