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How X-Rays Can Make Better Batteries

In this Q&A, ALS senior staff scientist David Shapiro and Stanford materials science professor William Chueh share how their pioneering X-ray techniques can help researchers understand how battery materials work in real time at the atomic scale.

Safely Studying Dangerous Infections Just Got a Lot Easier

Soft X-ray tomography – a way to take gorgeously high-resolution, 3D images of cells – can help us study infections without risk of contamination. And now, the whole process takes just a fraction of the time and preparation required by other imaging methods.

Scientists Discover ‘Secret Sauce’ Behind Exotic Properties of New Quantum Material

MIT physicists and colleagues, including scientists from Berkeley Lab, have discovered the “secret sauce” behind the exotic properties of a new quantum material known as a kagome metal.

With a Little Help, New Optical Material Assembles Itself

A research team led by Berkeley Lab has demonstrated an optical material that self-assembles from tiny concentric nanocircles. Their work could enable the large-scale manufacturing of nanocomposites for fiberoptic telecommunications systems as well as for buildings, automobiles, and aerospace.

New Technique Visualizes Every Pigment Cell of Zebrafish in 3D

A new technique images every pigment cell of a whole zebrafish in 3D. The work could lead to new insight into melanin’s role in skin cancer.

New Device Advances Commercial Viability of Solar Fuels

A research team has developed a new artificial photosynthesis device component with remarkable stability and longevity as it selectively converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into two promising sources of renewable fuels – ethylene and hydrogen.

Skyrmions Could Be Future of Computing; X-Ray Experiments Reveal Their Secrets

Skyrmions are little vortexes or whirlpools created by the spins of electrons when magnetic fields are applied to certain magnetic materials. In a series of recent studies, scientists at Berkeley Lab, SLAC, Stanford, and UC San Diego used an X-ray laser to discover new aspects of skyrmion behavior.

New Technique Paves the Way for Perfect Perovskites

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Technical University of Munich have developed a new technique that allows researchers to synthesize a perovskite solar material and test its performance at the same time.

Cell ‘Fingerprinting’ Could Yield Long-Awaited Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic

A new process combining infrared light analysis and machine learning shows potential to break barriers in disease detection.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visits Berkeley Lab

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm visited the Bay Area on Friday, Aug. 20, making a two-hour stop at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for discussions with Lab scientists and leaders and tours of two of the Lab’s five national scientific user facilities.