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Scientists Explore Egyptian Mummy Bones With X-Rays and Infrared Light to Gain New Insight on Ancient Life

Experiments at Berkeley Lab are casting a new light on Egyptian soil and ancient mummified bone samples that could provide a richer understanding of daily life and environmental conditions thousands of years ago.

Machine Learning Enhances Light-Beam Performance at the Advanced Light Source

A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley has successfully demonstrated how machine-learning tools can improve the stability of light beams’ size for science experiments at a synchrotron light source via adjustments that largely cancel out unwanted fluctuations.

Go With the Flow: Scientists Design Better Batteries for a Renewable Energy Grid

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have designed an affordable ‘flow battery’ membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.

A Game-Changing Test for Prion, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Diseases is on the Horizon

A new test agent can easily and efficiently detect the misfolded protein aggregates that cause devastating neurological diseases in blood samples. The technology could lead to early diagnosis of prion, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases for the first time.

World-Leading Microscopes Take Candid Snapshots of Atoms in Their ‘Neighborhoods’

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated how a powerful electron microscopy technique can provide direct insight into the performance of any material – from strong metallic glass to flexible semiconducting films – by pinpointing specific atomic “neighborhoods.”

Going Cold: The Future of Electron Microscopy

Berkeley Lab researchers are pushing the boundaries of electron microscopy by exploring the exciting new frontier of cold microscopes.

Gaming Protein Structures: X-Ray Studies Confirm Power of Crowdsourcing

The unique ways in which proteins fold dictate their interplay with diseases and medicines, so understanding their twists and turns is key to designing effective drugs. While new drug design is serious work, discovering how proteins fold can be fun, too: A crowdsourcing game called Foldit allows players to try different fold configurations for points

New MOF Can Take On Toxic Sulfur Dioxide Gas

An international team has developed a robust material that can selectively take in toxic sulfur dioxide gas at record concentrations and preserve it for use in chemical production.

Living on the Edge: How a 2D Material Got Its Shape

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have gained valuable insight into why 3D transition-metal-oxide nanoparticles can easily grow into 2D nanosheets. Their findings could revolutionize the design of materials with surface-enhanced properties for energy storage and catalysis applications.

Simple Materials Offer a Peek into the Quantum Realm

As reported in Nature Physics, a Berkeley Lab-led team of physicists and materials scientists was the first to unambiguously observe and document the unique optical phenomena that occur in certain types of synthetic materials called moiré superlattices. The new findings will help researchers understand how to better manipulate materials into light emitters with controllable quantum