Every discovery and invention starts with a question. From simulating supernovae, to growing food in our cities, to the enormity of tackling the emperor of all maladies, come see Berkeley Lab scientists dive into the big questions that drive their research. Click here to RSVP and here for a downloadable poster.
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>
A powerful genome editing tool may soon become even more powerful. Berkeley Lab researchers have unlocked the key to how bacteria are able to “steal” genetic information from viruses and other foreign invaders for use in their own immunological memory system. More>
A two-woman science education team will traverse the U.S. starting April 17. Lab research associate Rachel Woods-Robinson and science journalist Elizabeth Case will visit schools across the country, teaching fun science lessons and profiling science teachers, all while serving as female role models with the hope of attracting girls to science. More>
With a specially outfitted research van, equipped with sophisticated monitors to detect several pollutant types, a team of Berkeley Lab scientists is studying emission levels from diesel trucks to analyze the impact of new control technologies and California air pollution regulations. More>
By appending a diamine molecule to the sponge-like solid materials known as metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs), the researchers were able to more than triple the CO2-scrubbing capacity of the MOFs, while significantly reducing parasitic energy. More>