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Topological Matters: Toward a New Kind of Transistor

An experiment conducted at Berkeley Lab has demonstrated, for the first time, electronic switching in an exotic, ultrathin material that can carry a charge with nearly zero loss at room temperature. Researchers demonstrated this switching when subjecting the material to a low-current electric field.

Scientists Capture Photosynthesis in Unprecedented Detail

Grab some popcorn: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists have succeeded in capturing a more detailed picture than ever of the steps in the reaction mechanisms in photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to split water and produce oxygen while making the carbohydrates that sustain life on Earth.

Scientists Present New Clues to Cut Through the Mystery of Titan’s Atmospheric Haze

Experiments at Berkeley Lab have helped scientists to zero in on a low-temperature chemical mechanism that may help to explain the complex molecular compounds that make up the nitrogen-rich haze layer surrounding Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

Toward a New Light: Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project Moves Forward

The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a scientific user facility at Berkeley Lab, has received federal approval to proceed with preliminary design, planning and R&D work for a major upgrade project that will boost the brightness of its X-ray beams at least a hundredfold. The upgrade will give the ALS, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, brighter beams with a more ordered structure – like evenly spaced ripples in a pond – that will better reveal nanoscale details in complex chemical reactions and in new materials, expanding the envelope for scientific exploration.

Berkeley Quantum to Accelerate Innovation in Quantum Information Science

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley today announced the formation of Berkeley Quantum, a partnership designed to accelerate and expand innovation in quantum information science (QIS). Participants in Berkeley Quantum projects will contribute by bringing their strengths in QIS research, theory, algorithms, and applications to help solve, together, some of the most difficult problems in quantum science.

Infrared Beams Show Cell Types in a Different Light

By shining highly focused infrared light on living cells, scientists at Berkeley Lab hope to unmask individual cell identities, and to diagnose whether the cells are diseased or healthy.

Facebook Live Event Will Feature Science at the Advanced Light Source

What goes on at an X-ray light source? Tune in to Berkeley Lab’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleyLab/, at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) this Friday, July 27. Staff from Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) will describe this science facility and their work. The Facebook Live event will cater to an all-ages audience.

Vote for Your Favorite Photos: 2018 Physics Photowalk Competition

Pick your favorite photos from the Berkeley Lab Physics Photowalk event in May. We will announce the People’s Choice winners in August.

From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research

From moon rocks to meteorites, and from space dust to a dinosaur-destroying impact, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin.

Experiments at Berkeley Lab Help Trace Interstellar Dust Back to Solar System’s Formation

Experiments conducted at Berkeley Lab helped to confirm that samples of interplanetary particles – collected from Earth’s upper atmosphere and believed to originate from comets – contain dust leftover from the initial formation of the solar system.