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Scientists Solve a Magnesium Mystery in Rechargeable Battery Performance

A Berkeley Lab-led research team has discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could be relevant to other battery materials, and could steer the design of next-generation batteries towards workarounds that avoid these newly identified pitfalls. More>

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Berkeley Lab and SLAC Host Hard X-Ray Photoemission Conference

Berkeley Lab and SLAC recently hosted the 7th International Conference on Hard X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES). The meeting attracted 150 participants from 20 countries and was co-chaired by the Lab’s Chuck Fadley (Materials Sciences Division) and Zahid Hussain (Advanced Light Source), as well as Piero Pianetta of Stanford University and SLAC. More>

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ALS User Meeting Focuses on New Capabilities, Future Opportunities

About 400 people attended the Oct. 2 to 4 event, which focused on the current and future capabilities of the Advanced Light Source. The program included updates on beamlines, keynote speakers, breakout workshops, science talks, a student poster competition, and an awards ceremony. More>

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The Mystery of the Lightweight Electrons

When electrons propagate in an ordered solid-state material, they are scattered by defects, lattice vibrations, and other electrons. This has the effect of making the electrons seem as though they are heavier than non-interacting electrons (i.e., electrons described by density functional theory). Now, researchers have discovered a system in which this common tenet of many-body theory is violated. More>

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ALS Exhibitor Sessions Open to Staff

Exhibitors will be showcasing their products during the Advanced Light Source User Meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday, Oct. 3. Staff are invited to meet with the exhibitors on the ALS patio outside Building 6, particularly on Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The list of exhibitors is available here.

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Carolyn Larabell to Receive Shirley Award at ALS User Meeting

Carolyn Larabell has been selected by the Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) to receive the 2017 David A. Shirley Award for “Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS” at the upcoming ALS User Meeting for establishing the National Center for X-Ray Tomography, and for her work pioneering soft X-ray tomography for imaging cells in their fully hydrated, functional state. More>.

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ALS Work Highlighted in DOE Top 40 Countdown

The Department of Energy is celebrating its 40th anniversary by highlighting 40 science accomplishments over 40 days. As the countdown to Oct. 1 continues, the Office of Science recently recognized contributions from the Lab’s Advanced Light Source to scientific milestones in 2005, which shed light on the cell’s protein factory, and in 2009, which sparked new ideas about how to make faster computer chips.

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Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals; A New Step Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

A new Lab-led study provides insight into how an ultrathin coating can enhance the performance of graphene-wrapped nanocrystals for hydrogen storage applications. The findings could help researchers understand how similar coatings could also enhance the performance and stability of other materials that show promise for hydrogen storage applications. More>

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X-Ray Footprinting Solves Mystery of Metal-Breathing Protein

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. The research could lead to new innovations, such as sensors that can diagnose disease or detect contaminants. More>

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Enter the ALS ‘Science as Art’ Competition

Do you have an artistic eye? Enter your scientific images or photographs that show the aesthetic side of Advanced Light Source data and instrumentation in the “Science as Art” competition. The competition will be judged at the upcoming ALS User Meeting, but anyone can enter. The entry deadline is Sept. 18. More>

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