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Berkeley Lab Celebrates 90th Anniversary, Imagines the Next 90 Years

February 5th, 2021

Berkeley Lab: The Next 90 invites people to celebrate our past and imagine our future. Berkeley Lab’s 90th anniversary celebration honors the diverse contributions of the Lab community. It also celebrates our commitment to discovery science, and how it can lead to solutions for the nation and world.

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Discoveries at the Edge of the Periodic Table: First Ever Measurements of Einsteinium

February 3rd, 2021

Since element 99 – einsteinium – was discovered in 1952 at Berkeley Lab from the debris of the first hydrogen bomb, scientists have performed very few experiments with it because it is so hard to create and is exceptionally radioactive. A team of Berkeley Lab chemists has overcome these obstacles to report the first study characterizing some of its properties, opening the door to a better understanding of the remaining transuranic elements of the actinide series.

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Getting to Net Zero – and Even Net Negative – is Surprisingly Feasible, and Affordable

January 27th, 2021

Reaching zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from energy and industry by 2050 can be accomplished by rebuilding U.S. energy infrastructure to run primarily on renewable energy, at a net cost of about $1 per person per day, according to new research published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of San Francisco (USF), and the consulting firm Evolved Energy Research.

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A New Way to Measure Record-Setting Electron Beams

January 26th, 2021

A new, compact system has been successfully demonstrated at the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center to provide simultaneous high-resolution measurements of multiple electron-beam properties.

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How to Find Mutated Sperm? Just Go FISH

January 19th, 2021

A test developed by Berkeley Lab scientists can quickly and easily detect whether sperm cells are carrying chromosomal defects, an advance that will help men who have undergone cancer treatment father healthy children.

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Study: X-Rays Surrounding ‘Magnificent 7’ May Be Traces of Sought-After Particle

January 15th, 2021

A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at Berkeley Lab, suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a group of neutron stars.

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Building a Giant 2D Map of the Universe to Prepare for the Largest 3D Map

January 13th, 2021

Before DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, can begin its 5-year mission from an Arizona mountaintop to produce the largest 3D sky map yet, researchers first needed an even bigger 2D map of the universe.