Today at Berkeley Lab

Shutting Out Ebola and Other Viruses With the Help of the ALS

Researchers have used protein crystallography at the Advanced Light Source to understand how a drug molecule that has shown some efficacy against Ebola in mice inactivates a membrane protein, called TPC1, used by viruses to infect host cells. More>

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Surprising New Properties in a 2-D Semiconductor Discovered

A new class of semiconductor was discovered that is only three atoms thick and which extends in a two-dimensional plane, similar to graphene. These 2-D semiconductors, have exceptional optical characteristics, and could lead to improved semiconductors or new functionalities. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Featuring Christopher Kemper Ober on May 17

The Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar on “Fifty Years of Moore’s Law: Towards Fabrication at Molecular Dimensions” by Christopher Kemper Ober from Cornell University. The talk begins at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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ALS Aids Best-Ever Views of Mercury Transit

A stunning video of the transit of Mercury across the Sun was made possible in part by work done at the Advanced Light Source. The multilayer mirrors used in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) telescopes aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were calibrated and tested at ALS Beamline 6.3.2 before being launched into space in 2010. More>

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Research at ALS Improves Conductive Plastic for Health, Energy

Biological implants that communicate with the brain to control paralyzed limbs or provide vision to the blind are one step closer to reality thanks to research by scientists at Washington State University. The work was conducted at the Advanced Light Source. More>

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Another Successful Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

On April 23, over 200 girl and boy scouts and their leaders participated in the 6th annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Nuclear Science Division, the Advanced Light Source and Workforce Development & Education department co-sponsored this event. Go here to view images from the event, and here for tweets.

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On the Way to Unlimited Energy

With the help of four different ALS beamlines, scientists were able to understand and improve the morphology of the main device structure in organic photovoltaic cells. More>

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New Findings Could Aid Treatment of Depression

Using data collected at the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology in the ALS, researchers at Oregon Health and Sciences University revealed the molecular structure of the serotonin transporter. Their findings provide new insight into the mechanism of antidepressant action of two widely prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) commonly employed to treat depression. More>

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Improving Anti-Influenza Medications

Protein crystallography at ALS Beamline 8.3.1 helped scientists understand the M2 proton-channel structure from the influenza A virus, and will aid the design of better anti-influenza medications. More>

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What Screens Are Made of: New Twists (and Bends) in LCD Research

A research team has directly measured a spiral molecular arrangement formed by liquid crystals that could help unravel its mysteries and possibly improve the performance of electronic displays. More>

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