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March 24, 2017
Fermilab members of the CMS collaboration traveled to CERN to help install the pixel detector into the CMS detector.
A New Gem Inside the CMS Detector
Scientists and engineers at Fermilab and 21 U.S. universities have been assembling and testing a new pixel detector to replace the current one as part
March 22, 2017
New X-ray diffraction technique called Bragg single-angle ptychography.
Single-Angle Ptychography Allows 3D Imaging of Stressed Materials
Scientists have used a new X-ray diffraction technique called Bragg single-angle ptychography to get a clear picture of how planes of atoms shift and
March 20, 2017
Physicist Imène Goumiri
New Feedback System Could Allow Greater Control Over Fusion Plasma
Physicist Imène Goumiri has created a new system that will let scientists control the energy and rotation of plasma in real time in a doughnut-shaped
March 1, 2017
This figure illustrates the idea of electronic pairing by lattice vibrations.
Cracking the Mystery of Perfect Efficiency: Investigating Superconductors
From the turn of the last century to today, scientists have explored why superconductors never lose current.
February 27, 2017
Water is seen as small red and white molecules on large nanodiamond spheres.
Diamonds That Deliver
Neutrons, simulation analysis of tRNA-nanodiamond combo could transform drug delivery design principles.
February 22, 2017
NASA’s Adaptable, Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT) Project will test and demonstrate a large, flexible heat shield that can be stored aboard a spacecraft until needed for atmospheric entry.
The Heat is On
X-rays reveal how simulated atmospheric entry conditions impact spacecraft shielding.
January 30, 2017
Berkeley Lab scientists Junqiao Wu, Changhyun Ko, and Fan Yang (l-r) are working at the nano-Auger electron spectroscopy instrument at the Molecular Foundry, a DOE Office of Science User Facility.
For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat
Berkeley-led study finds law-breaking property in vanadium dioxide that could lead to applications in thermoelectrics, window coatings.
January 18, 2017
Kelly Gaffney is the director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.
Meet the Director: Kelly Gaffney
Kelly Gaffney is the director of the SSRL, a user facility that produces extremely bright x-rays as a resource for researchers to study our world at
January 11, 2017
John Hill, NSLS-II Director, is shown here overlooking the Electron-Spectro-Microscopy Beamline on the NSLS-II Experimental Floor.
Meet the Director: John Hill
John Hill directs the NSLS-II User Facility in its mission, providing extremely bright X-rays for basic and applied research in biology and medicine,
January 5, 2017
Frames from an animation shows electron states in a single layer of tungsten disulfide crystal that’s been illuminated with circularly polarized light in the red to near-infrared wavelength range.
Light Can Switch On Topological Materials
Computer simulations show how light pulses can create channels that conduct electricity with no resistance in atomically thin semiconductors.
December 27, 2016
Fuzzy white clusters of nanowires on a lab bench, with a penny for scale.
Researchers Use World's Smallest Diamonds to Make Wires Three Atoms Wide
Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids – the s
December 21, 2016
A microscopic image of one of the bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide samples the scientists studied using a new high-speed imaging technique.
Laser Pulses Help Scientists Tease Apart Complex Electron Interactions
Time-resolved "stop-action" measurements identify an unusual form of energy loss.
December 20, 2016
This diagram shows the setup for an imaging method that mapped electrical signals using a sheet of graphene and an infrared laser.
New Graphene-Based System Could Help Us ‘See’ Electrical Signaling in Heart and Nerve Cells
Berkeley-Stanford team creates a system to visualize faint electric fields.
December 14, 2016
Project director Buddy Bland stands by Titan, the hybrid-architecture Cray XK7 system at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.
Meet the Director: Buddy Bland
Project director Buddy Bland lives the DOE’s computing mission: to discover, develop, and use computers to solve the biggest problems in science,
December 8, 2016
The AMS is visible on the ISS just after being installed, with a US Space Shuttle docked on the far right, a Russian Soyuz capsule docked on the far left.
A Syllabus in Cosmic Rays
What have scientists learned in five years of studying cosmic rays with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment?
December 7, 2016
Andrew Hutton, associate director of Jefferson Lab’s Accelerator Division, looks over prototype particle accelerating devices – called cavities – in the lab’s Superconducting Radiofrequency Institute.
Meet the Director: Andrew Hutton
Director of the CEBAF user facility Andrew Hutton’s love for accelerators started at age 17.
November 30, 2016
Researchers have developed a specialized type of glowing metal organic framework, or LMOF (molecular structure at center), that is designed to detect and remove heavy-metal toxins from water.
Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water
X-ray study at Berkeley Lab explores atomic structure of tiny traps for heavy metals.
November 21, 2016
X-rays capture unprecedented images of photosynthesis in action.
X-Rays Capture Unprecedented Images of Photosynthesis in Action
Berkeley Lab-led scientists illuminate protein as it splits water to create oxygen.
November 15, 2016
Supercomputers provide the computational horsepower to understand single atoms or supernovae.
Supercomputers’ Pit Crews
Smart, tough teams help scientists get the best performance from supercomputers to provide the insights needed to understand how everything from
November 14, 2016
The Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC, which weighs 1,200 tons and is as large as a house, is used to search for signatures of the quark-gluon plasma, and to measure the behavior of other exotic matter.
Simulations Show Swirling Rings, Whirlpool-Like Structure in Subatomic ‘Soup’
International team including Berkeley Lab researcher surprised by complex dynamics in model of quark-gluon plasma.
November 7, 2016
NERSC, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
SLAC and Berkeley Lab Researchers Prepare for Scientific Computing on the Exascale
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is developing cutting-edge scientific applications in two computing projects for future exascale supercomputers t
November 3, 2016
Electron microscopic tomogram of dividing cells of the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum, with chlorosomes rendered in simulated color.
Photosynthesis: Gathering Sunshine with the World’s Smallest Antennas
Research on photosynthetic antenna complexes illuminates how they harvest light in plants, algae and bacteria.
October 26, 2016
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment was one of the biggest efforts to directly detect dark matter. It was located a mile deep in a former gold mine to minimize radioactive “noise.”
The Search for Dark Matter
From deep underground to outer space, researchers supported by the DOE’s Office of Science are working to understand this mysterious type of matter.
October 25, 2016
Scanning the pristine skies above the Amazon rainforest revealed that small aerosol particles that form naturally in the upper atmosphere are carried to the lower atmosphere by rapid downdrafts associated with rainfall.
Amazon Study Reveals that Rainstorms Transport Atmospheric Particles Essential for Cloud Formation
Tracking atmospheric particles in a pristine environment will help scientists understand the impact of industrial aerosols on climate.
October 24, 2016
Ken Williams (left) and Jill Banfield at the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area site near Rifle, Colorado, where research by her team has doubled the number of known bacterial groups.
New Bacteria Groups, and Stunning Diversity, Discovered Underground
Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley research also provides new clues about the roles of subsurface microbes in globally important cycles.