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Splitting Water: Nanoscale Imaging Yields Key Insights

July 18th, 2018

In the quest to realize artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel – just as plants do – researchers need to not only identify materials to efficiently perform photoelectrochemical water splitting, but also to understand why a certain material may or may not work. Now scientists at Berkeley Lab have pioneered a technique that uses nanoscale imaging to understand how local, nanoscale properties can affect a material’s macroscopic performance.

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A Supercool Component for a Next-Generation Dark Matter Experiment

July 17th, 2018

A large titanium cryostat designed to keep its contents chilled to minus 148 degrees has completed its journey from Europe to South Dakota, where it will become part of a next-generation dark matter detector for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment.

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Q&A: Berkeley Lab’s Spencer Klein Talks About IceCube Then and Now, and What’s Next

July 12th, 2018

In this Q&A, Berkeley Lab physicist Spencer Klein, who has been a part of the IceCube collaboration since 2004, discusses Berkeley Lab’s historic contributions to IceCube, and IceCube’s contributions to science.

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IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

July 12th, 2018

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth.

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Berkeley Lab Team Wins Data-Driven Scavenger Hunt for Simulated Nuclear Materials

July 6th, 2018

Competing in a fictitious high-stakes scenario, a group of scientists at Berkeley Lab bested two dozen other teams in a months-long, data-driven scavenger hunt for simulated radioactive materials in a virtual urban environment.

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NOvA Experiment Sees Strong Evidence for Antineutrino Oscillation

July 3rd, 2018

The NOvA particle physics experiment drew heavily upon the computing power at Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in a new analysis that took a deep dive into experimental data about neutrino interactions and found evidence of antineutrino oscillation.

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New Simulations Break Down Potential Impact of a Major Quake by Building Location and Size

June 28th, 2018

With unprecedented resolution, scientists and engineers are simulating precisely how a large-magnitude earthquake along the Hayward Fault would affect different locations and buildings across the San Francisco Bay Area.