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Unique X-Ray Microscope Reveals Dazzling 3D Cell Images

January 6th, 2021

A team based at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source is making waves with its new approach for whole-cell visualization, using the world’s first soft X-ray tomography (SXT) microscope built for biological and biomedical research. In its latest study, published in Science Advances, the team used its platform to reveal never-before-seen details about insulin secretion in pancreatic cells taken from rats.

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Berkeley Lab’s Top 10 Science Stories of 2020

December 22nd, 2020

It was a year dominated by COVID-19 research, along with some beetles, batteries, and a Nobel Prize

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Speeding Toward Improved Hydrogen Fuel Production

December 21st, 2020

A new material developed by a team led by Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry will help to make hydrogen a viable energy source for a wide range of applications, including stationary power and portable power applications.

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Scientists Recruit New Atomic Heavyweights in Targeted Fight Against Cancer

December 14th, 2020

Researchers from Berkeley Lab and Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed new methods for the large-scale production, purification, and use of the radioisotope cerium-134, which could serve as a PET imaging radioisotope for a highly targeted cancer treatment known as alpha-particle therapy.

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Scientists Say Farewell to Daya Bay Site, Proceed with Final Data Analysis

December 11th, 2020

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment collaboration – which made a precise measurement of an important neutrino property eight years ago, setting the stage for a new round of experiments and discoveries about these hard-to-study particles – has finished taking data. Though the experiment is formally shutting down, the collaboration will continue to analyze its complete dataset to improve upon the precision of findings based on earlier measurements.

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Cataloging Nature’s Hidden Arsenal: Viruses that Infect Bacteria

December 10th, 2020

A new approach for studying phages-bacteria interactions will help scientists study the intricate offensive and defensive chemical tactics used by parasite and host. These microscopic battles have implications for medicine development, agricultural research, and climate science.

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This Anti-COVID Mask Design Breaks the Mold

December 9th, 2020

To address PPE shortages during the pandemic, scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing a rechargeable, reusable, anti-COVID mask design and a 3D-printable silicon-cast mask mold.