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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.

Non-Crystal Clarity: Scientists Find Ordered Magnetic Patterns in Disordered Magnetic Material

A team of scientists working at Berkeley Lab has confirmed a special property known as “chirality” – which potentially could be exploited to transmit and store data in a new way – in nanometers-thick samples of multilayer materials that have a disordered structure.

Steve Kevan Named Next Director of Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source

After an international search, Stephen D. “Steve” Kevan has been named the new director of the Advanced Light Source at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Kevan, a condensed matter physicist, had served as ALS director in an interim capacity since January.

Dozens of Photographers Attend Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk

VIDEO: A recap of the Berkeley Lab Physics Photowalk. (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab)   Dozens of photographers visited the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Wednesday, May 16 – coinciding with the International Day of Light – to creatively capture scenes of science at Lab facilities including the Advanced Light Source,

COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform Now Operational

COSMIC, a next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at Berkeley Lab, brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the properties of materials at the nanoscale. It allows scientists to probe working batteries and other active chemical reactions, and to reveal new details about magnetism and correlated electronic materials.

Diamonds From the Deep: Study Suggests Water May Exist in Earth’s Lower Mantle

A new study, which included experiments at Berkeley Lab, suggests that water may be more common than expected at extreme depths approaching 400 miles and possibly beyond – within Earth’s lower mantle. The study explored microscopic pockets of a trapped form of crystallized water molecules in a sampling of diamonds.

Calling All Photographers: Participate in Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk Competition on May 16

Berkeley Lab is offering a special tour to photographers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in a local event that is part of a Global Physics Photowalk 2018 competition. Follow @BerkeleyLab and #LBNLphotowalk online for updates on the local event.

Chemical Sleuthing Unravels Possible Path to the Formation of Life’s Building Blocks in Space

Scientists have used experiments at Berkeley Lab to retrace the chemical steps leading to the creation of complex hydrocarbons in space. They showed pathways to forming 2-D carbon-based nanostructures in a mix of heated gases.

Scientists Confirm Century-Old Speculation on the Chemistry of a High-Performance Battery

Scientists have discovered a novel chemical state, first proposed about 90 years ago, that enables a high-performance, low-cost sodium-ion battery. The battery could quickly and efficiently store and distribute energy produced by solar panels and wind turbines across the electrical grid.