Today at Berkeley Lab

Weyl Fermions Discovered With Help From Advanced Light Source

With help from ALS beamline 4.0.3, a research team led by Princeton University has discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles that can behave as either matter or antimatter inside a crystal, which means it could provide a much more stable and efficient transporter of data than electrons. More>

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Ancient Proteins Help Unravel a Modern Cancer Drug’s Mechanism

The cancer drug Gleevec is extremely specific, binding and inhibiting only the cancer-causing tyrosine protein kinase Blc-Abl, while not targeting homologous protein kinases found in normal, healthy cells. Researchers at the ALS have uncovered exactly why that is the case, pointing to novel methods of drug discovery. More>

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Roger Falcone Elected as Vice President of American Physical Society

The director of the Advanced Light Source will begin his term in January of 2016. The APS was founded in 1899 to “advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics.” After one year, Falcone will serve as president-elect, then president the following year. More>

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Joint Foundry/ALS Seminar Featuring David Ginger on July 7

The Molecular Foundry and ALS will jointly host a seminar at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium on “Imaging Heterogeneity in Thin Film Solar Cells: Polymers to Perovskites” by David Ginger from the University of Washington. More>

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Tracking the Elusive QOOH Radical

For the first time, researchers directly observed QOOH molecules, a class of highly reactive molecules at the center of the web of ignition chemistry reactions. The data generated will improve the fidelity of combustion models used to create cleaner and more efficient cars and trucks. More>

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Enhanced Microscopic Resolution for Improved Diagnostics

Simple, low-cost techniques developed by ALS affiliate Laura Waller are giving standard optical microscopes — and even smartphones — powerful new ways to see the minuscule. LED lights in a custom-built device boost resolution by making several microphotographs of a cell sample while changing only the angle of the lighting. More>

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Investigating Buried Interfaces in Ferroelectric Materials

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and the Soleil Synchrotron in Paris have developed a new technique for investigating buried interfaces in ferroelectric materials. The new technique provides key information that should advance the exploitation of the unique properties of ferroelectric materials for encoding information. More>

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Spectroscopy of Supercapacitor Electrodes in Operando

X-ray spectroscopy of graphene supercapacitor electrodes under operating conditions reveals changes in electronic structure and bonding. The research could lead to an improvement in the capacity and efficiency of electrical energy storage systems needed to meet the burgeoning demands of consumer, industrial, and green technologies. More>

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Student Artists Interpret the Advanced Light Source

UC Berkeley architecture and engineering students visited in 2003 and found more beauty in the user facility than anyone had anticipated. More>

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ALS X-Rays Shine a New Light on Catalysis

Electrocatalysts are responsible for expediting reactions in many promising renewable energy technologies. A team of Berkeley Lab and Stanford researchers used x-rays at the ALS in a novel way to observe the behavior of electrons in metal oxide electrocatalysts. What they learned has upended long-held scientific understanding of how these catalysts work. More>

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