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Fundamental Chemistry Findings Could Help Extend Moore’s Law

Computer chips have gotten smaller thanks to advances in materials science and manufacturing technologies. This doubling of transistors on a microprocessor roughly every two years is called Moore’s Law. But one component of the chip-making process needs of an overhaul if Moore’s law is to continue: the chemical mixture called photoresist. More>

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ALS Helps Researchers Figure Out How to Make More Efficient Fuel Cells

Using high-brilliance X-rays at the Advanced Light Source, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale alternative energy power systems more practical and reliable. More>

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An Inside Look at a MOF in Action

Researchers have recorded the first in situ electronic-structure observations of the adsorption of carbon dioxide inside Mg-MOF-74, an open-metal-site MOF that has emerged as one of the most promising materials for capturing and storing greenhouse gases. More>

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ALS Capabilities Reveal Multiple Functions of Ebola Virus

Researchers at the ALS have demonstrated that a protein of Ebola virus, termed VP40, undergoes dramatic refolding rearrangements to achieve three entirely different structures for three entirely separate functions in the virus life cycle. More>

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A New Look at Skyrmions Holds Promise for Spintronics

Researchers at the ALS for the first time have used x-rays to observe these subatomic quasiparticles. The results hold promise for ultracompact data storage and processing and may open up new areas in the field of quantum toplogy. More>

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New ALS Technique Gives Nanoscale Views of Complex Systems

Synchrotron Infrared Nano-Spectroscopy will enable in-depth study of complex molecular systems, including liquid batteries, living cells, novel electronic materials, and stardust. More>

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Youngest ALS Users Invited to White House Makers Faire

Two Berkeley seventh graders, who used beamlines during field trip last year, make a trip to Washington D.C. More>

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Lithium-Battery Dendrite Growth: A New View

X-ray microtomography capabilities at ALS Beamline 8.3.2 provide a novel view of dendrite growth in lithium batteries, one of the major reasons for lithium failure. More>

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Lab Programs Facilitate Blood Cancer Research

Groups solve, refine the kinase/pseudokinase structure of JAK family member TYK2. More>

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Photo Series Highlights Amazing Views From the ALS

Roundup includes scenes of sunsets, fog, and a shuttle flight taken by ALS users and staff. More>

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