There’s an urgent demand for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Now, two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines at the Molecular Foundry have joined the search. Their specialty is creating custom nanoscale structures that mimic nature’s proven design—they’re also fast. More>
Since their discovery in the 1980s, these remarkable nanoparticles have held out tantalizing prospects for all kinds of new technologies, from solar cells to quantum computer chips, biological markers, and even lasers and communications technologies. But there’s a problem: Quantum dots often blink. More>
Lab researchers are developing a cell culture that could help better identify chemicals that increase breast cancer susceptibility. The scientists will grow the culture using adult stem cells obtained from breast tissue. Their test will show if a chemical causes a breakdown in cell-to-cell communication, a fundamental defect of cancer. More>
Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80-percent. The work was conducted at the Energy Biosciences Institute. More>
Researchers from Berkeley Lab and the University of Hawaii at Manoa have shown for the first time that cosmic hot spots, such as those near stars, could be excellent environments for the creation of molecular precursors to DNA. More>
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.