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Detailed View of Immune Proteins Could Lead to New Pathogen-Defense Strategies

Biologists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley used cryo-EM to resolve the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system to summon support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. The...
16-Nov-2017 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

X-Rays Reveal the Biting Truth About Parrotfish Teeth

A new study has revealed a chain mail-like woven microstructure that gives parrotfish teeth their remarkable ability to chomp on coral all day long – the structure could serve as a blueprint for designing ultra-durable synthetic materials.
13-Nov-2017 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

To Find New Biofuel Enzymes, It Can Take a Microbial Village


In search of new plant enzymes? Try looking in compost. Researchers at JBEI have demonstrated the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. This approach yields robust enzymes...
14-Nov-2017 6:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Fuel Cell X-Ray Study Details Effects of Temperature and Moisture on Performance

To find the right balance of moisture and temperature in a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell, Berkeley Lab scientists have used X-rays to explore the inner workings of its components at tiny scales.
10-Nov-2017 2:10 PM EST Add to Favorites

New Study: Scientists Narrow Down the Search for Dark Photons Using Decade-Old Particle Collider Data


A fresh analysis of particle-collider data, co-led by Berkeley Lab physicists, limits some of the hiding places for one type of theorized particle – the dark photon, also known as the heavy photon – that was proposed to help explain the mystery...
8-Nov-2017 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Berkeley Lab-led ECP Pagoda Project Rolls Out First Software Libraries


Just one year after the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Program began funding projects to prepare scientific applications for exascale supercomputers, the Pagoda Project - led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - has successfully...
1-Nov-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New Studies on Disordered Cathodes May Provide Much-Needed Jolt to Lithium Batteries


In a pair of papers published this month in Nature Communications and Physical Review Letters, a team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has come up with a set of rules for making new disordered materials, a process that had...
27-Oct-2017 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Berkeley Lab and Hydro-Québec Announce Partnership for Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage


Hydro-Québec and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have agreed to explore collaborations toward the research and development of manufacturing and scale-up technology to advance transportation...
23-Oct-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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