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Semiconductor

A Semiconductor That Can Beat the Heat

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity – a rare...
carbon dioxide

Lights! Action! Photo-Activated Catalyst Grabs CO2 to Make Ingredients for Fuel

Scientists have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The achievement marks a significant...
polymer

Making Polymer Chemistry ‘Click’

A team of researchers has developed a faster and easier way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production. The achievement,...
energy efficiency

Shading and Lighting Retrofits Slash Energy Use in New York “Living...

By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that occupants on one...
plants

A Whole-Genome Sequenced Rice Mutant Resource for the Study of Biofuel...

Rice is a staple food for over half of the world’s population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum,...
Concrete

New Studies of Ancient Concrete Could Teach Us to Do as...

A new look inside 2,000-year-old concrete – made from volcanic ash, lime (the product of baked limestone), and seawater – has provided new clues...
skin microbiome

What’s On Your Skin? Archaea, That’s What

It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms – ­and they’re not just bacteria. A study by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence...
cancer

Researchers ID New Mechanism for Keeping DNA Protein in Line

The actions of a protein used for DNA replication and repair are guided by electrostatic forces known as phosphate steering, a finding that not...
High-Speed Communications

Could This Strategy Bring High-Speed Communications to the Deep Sea?

A new approach to sending acoustic waves through water could potentially open up the world of high-speed communications to activities underwater, including scuba diving, remote...
Microbe

Microbe Mystery Solved: What Happened to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Plume

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most studied spills in history, yet scientists haven’t...
spintronics

2-D Material’s Traits Could Send Electronics R&D Spinning in New Direction

An international team of researchers, working at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley, fabricated an atomically thin...
semiconductors

New Class of ‘Soft’ Semiconductors Could Transform HD Displays

A new type of semiconductor may be coming to a high-definition display near you. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...
bacterial organellevideo

Study Sheds Light on How Bacterial Organelles Assemble

Scientists are providing the clearest view yet of an intact bacterial microcompartment, revealing at atomic-level resolution the structure and assembly of the organelle’s protein...
gene therapy

Researchers Find New Mechanism for Genome Regulation

The same mechanisms that quickly separate mixtures of oil and water are at play when controlling the organization in an unusual part of our...
superconducting undulator

R&D Effort Produces Magnetic Devices to Enable More Powerful X-ray Lasers

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated to design, build, and test two...
sound waves

Sound Waves Direct Particles to Self-Assemble, Self-Heal

An elegantly simple experiment with floating particles self-assembling in response to sound waves has provided a new framework for studying how seemingly lifelike behaviors...
batteries

A Seaweed Derivative Could Be Just What Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Need

Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading....
Carbon Dioxide

Researchers Find a Surprise Just Beneath the Surface in Carbon Dioxide...

In a classic tale of science taking twists and turns before coming to a conclusion, two teams of researchers—one a group of theorists and...
pumicevideo

How X-rays Helped to Solve Mystery of Floating Rocks

It’s true—some rocks can float on water for years at a time. And now scientists know how they do it, and what causes them...
genomevideo

Sequencing of Green Alga Genome Provides Blueprint to Advance Clean Energy,...

Plant biologists have sequenced the genome of a particularly promising species of green alga, providing a blueprint for new discoveries in producing sustainable biofuels,...