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Tau-Tally Microtubular! New Model Might Shed Light on Alzheimer's

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers have combined cryo-electron microscopy with computational modeling to produce a near-atomic-resolution model of the interaction between microtubules and associated proteins called tau. The model provides insight into how tau stabilizes microtubules, and what makes it dissociate to form tau aggregates in some neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s. More>

Diagnostic Tool Devised for Cutting-Edge and Next-Gen Particle Accelerators


The world’s cutting-edge particle accelerators — like the Lab’s BELLA program — are pushing the extremes in high-brightness beams and ultrashort pulses to explore matter in new ways. To optimize their performance, scientists have devised a new tool that can measure how bright these beams are, even for pulses that last only quadrillionths or even quintillionths of a second. More>

Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion 

An international team, led by Berkeley Lab scientists, has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy. More>

Watch: Joe Palca Interviews Geri Richmond on ‘Women in Science’ June 11


Geri Richmond — a member of the National Science Board, secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and advocate for diversity — will sit down in conversation with NPR’s Joe Palca on Monday, June 11, at 1:15 p.m. The event is part of Lab Director Mike Witherell’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. The talk will be streamed live. More>

Diamond With Defect Could Lower Medical Imaging, Drug Discovery Costs

Berkeley Lab researchers helped discover how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds, and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets. The advance could help lower the cost of medical imaging and drug discovery. More>

Lab Water Research Featured on KCRA TV Special   


Berkeley Lab researchers appeared in a special report on KCRA-TV Sacramento that explored California’s water resources and infrastructure challenges. In the piece, Peter Fiske, Erica Woodburn, and Peter Nico discuss the Lab’s efforts to understand watersheds and improve methods for underground water storage. Watch>

Berkeley Lab Through the Lenses of 27 Visiting Photographers

To mark the International Day of Light on May 16, 27 photographers visited the Lab to creatively capture scenes of science at the Advanced Light Source, the Molecular Foundry, NERSC, and battery labs. The event was part of a Global Physics Photowalk, with similar shoots taking place at research organizations around the world. We'll share the photos in the next edition of Science Etc. Watch a video capturing the event.

Nancy Nano: A Cartoon Ambassador for Nanoscience Education


Nancy Nano is a cartoon character created by Molecular Foundry researcher Tracy Mattox as a way to engage students around the fifth-grade level about nanoscience. Her series of e-books covers topics ranging from polymers to photovoltaics. She was inspired to create the educational character as a way to explain her research to her children and their friends. More>

Boys and Girls ‘Scout’ Out Careers in Nuclear Science and Earn Badges

The Lab recently hosted more than 200 Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for its annual Nuclear Science Day for Scouts. The event provides an opportunity for Boy Scouts to earn a merit badge in nuclear science, and for Girl Scouts to earn a “Get to Know Nuclear” patch. More>
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