Those who missed the April 29 event in downtown Oakland can catch the presentation of “Five Big Questions,” featuring Judy Campisi on cancer and aging, Kai Vetter on radiation and public safety, Javier Ceja-Navarro on beetles, biofuels, and combustion, Ann Almgren on simulating supernovae, and Shashi Buluswar on his Urban Food Initiative. Go here to watch the video.
A breakthrough battery—one that’s cheaper, safer, lasts longer and has higher energy—will likely be impossible without a new material discovery. That could take years, or even decades. But Lab scientist Kristin Persson says she can take some guesswork out of the process with her Electrolyte Genome. More>
By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide. More>
The DOE has provided $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), an Energy Innovation Hub originally established in 2010 with the goal of harnessing solar energy for the production of fuel. More>
In this Q&A, Lab physicists Michael Levi and David Schlegel discuss the future of the DESI project and how its forthcoming map will help scientists better understand dark energy.
If you missed our recent Science at the Theater, then here's a chance to catch the presentation. Scientists discussed the big questions that spurred their research, then audience members voted on which question science should answer first. "Is it possible to power all of San Francisco on wave energy?" garnered 35% of the vote, followed by "What will I be able to see through an electron microscope in 10 years?" at 23%. View images of the event here.
Lab scientists studied mice and found their risk of mammary cancer from low-dose radiation depends a great deal on their genetic makeup. They also learned key details about how genes and the cells immediately surrounding a tumor (also called the tumor microenvironment) affect cancer risk. More>
Working at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, researchers studied quartz from the San Andreas Fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-triggering stresses originate. The results could one day lead to a better understanding of earthquake events. More>