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Using Bacteria to Accelerate CO2 Capture in Oceans

You may be familiar with direct air capture, or DAC, in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere in an effort to slow the effects of climate change. Now a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has proposed a scheme for direct ocean capture. Removing CO2 from the oceans will enable them to continue to do their job of absorbing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.

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.

New Technique Improves Conversion of Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuels

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have demonstrated how coating copper catalysts with thin films can improve a standard technique for converting carbon dioxide emissions into useful chemicals and liquid fuels.

Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars

A research team co-led by Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the chemistry behind the formation of carbon compounds in the early universe could inform cleaner combustion engines.

Are Heavy Metals Toxic? Scientists Find Surprising New Clues in Yeast

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have compiled the most complete library yet of lanthanide heavy metals and their potential toxicity – by exposing baker’s yeast to lanthanides. Their findings could help researchers uncover hidden pathways between lanthanide metals and disease.

This Hydrogen Fuel Machine Could Be the Ultimate Guide to Self-Improvement

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have uncovered a surprising property that turns an artificial photosynthesis device into a self-improving hydrogen fuel machine.

Charged Up: Scientists Find New Pathway to Harnessing the Sun for a Clean Energy Future

Berkeley Lab scientists have helped discover a hidden charge-generating pathway that could lead to more efficient ways to convert sunlight into energy.

Do You Know the Way to Berkelium, Californium?

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated how to image samples of heavy elements as small as a single nanogram. The new approach will help scientists advance new technologies for medical imaging and cancer therapies.

Discoveries at the Edge of the Periodic Table: First Ever Measurements of Einsteinium

Since element 99 – einsteinium – was discovered in 1952 at Berkeley Lab from the debris of the first hydrogen bomb, scientists have performed very few experiments with it because it is so hard to create and is exceptionally radioactive. A team of Berkeley Lab chemists has overcome these obstacles to report the first study characterizing some of its properties, opening the door to a better understanding of the remaining transuranic elements of the actinide series.

9 Berkeley Lab Scientists Named 2020 AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, today announced that 489 of its members, among them nine scientists at Berkeley Lab, have been named Fellows. This lifetime honor, which follows a nomination and review process, recognizes scientists, engineers, and innovators for their distinguished achievements in research and other disciplines toward the advancement or applications of science.