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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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