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X-Ray Footprinting Solves Mystery of

Metal-Breathing Protein

Berkeley Lab scientists have discovered the details of an unconventional coupling between a bacterial protein and a mineral that allows the bacterium to breathe when oxygen is not available. This could lead to bio-based electronic devices – such as sensors that can diagnose disease or detect contaminants. More>

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Key DNA Protein Complex At

Near-Atomic Resolution

Researchers used cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to resolve the 3-D structure of the protein complex TFIIH at near-atomic resolution. TFIIH is used to unzip the DNA double helix to read or access genes during transcription or repair. More>

Local Youths Compete in Lab's First

Energy Design Challenge

Nearly 30 youths from the Berkeley-based Rising Sun Energy Center recently visited the Lab to compete in the first-ever Berkeley Lab Energy Design Challenge. The judging panel included Josh Quigley from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office, Tasha Henneman from Senator Nancy Skinner’s office, and Lab scientist Leo Rainer from the Energy Technologies Area.  More>

'Tug of War' Among Skin Cells Key to Development of Chicken Feathers

Berkeley Lab researchers co-authored a study that for the first time linked mechanical forces acting on skin cells in a developing organism to the activation of specific genes that make the cells differentiate into specialized types, such as feathers. More> 

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make

Ethanol and Ethylene

Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant milestone in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel. More>

Interns Share Highlights of Their Summer at JGI

Fifteen student interns traveled from as near as Antioch, California, and from as far as Göttingen, Germany, to work at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek. Whether they created code from scratch to conduct metagenomic research, or extracted DNA from plants, many got first-hand experience working in an open environment that encourages team science. More>

New Study on Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals Makes Inroads Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at Berkeley Lab, shows promise for safely storing hydrogen for use with fuel cells for passenger vehicles and other uses. And now, a new study provides insight into the atomic details of the crystals’ ultrathin coating and how it serves as selective shielding while enhancing their performance in hydrogen storage. The science team’s findings could help researchers understand how similar coatings could enhance the performance and stability of other materials that show promise for hydrogen storage applications. More>

Explore the Advanced Light Source in 3-D and Virtual Reality

Ever wondered what’s under the ALS dome and inside the accelerator tunnels powering the Lab’s light source? Explore the ALS from your computer or don a VR headset (even something as simple as a Google Cardboard) and find out. More>

Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency

CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

A new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy, has been developed by Berkeley Lab scientists. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use. More>

Berkeley Lab Scientist Named ‘Visionary’ by Berkeley Chamber

of Commerce

Biosciences’ Amy Herr is one of three recipients of the “Visionary of the Year” award. The honor is bestowed to local innovators tackling real-world challenges with “imagination and persistence.” Herr’s research focuses on tools to analyze the levels of various proteins within single cells, which could aid the treatment of diseases such as cancer. More>
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