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Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a team of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that can detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead. More>

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Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic Scale

A combination of experiments, including X-ray studies at Berkeley Lab, revealed new details about pesky deposits that can stop chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. More>

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ALS Used to Analyze Formation of Toxic Furans During Combustion

Researchers predicted and observed for the first time the formation and growth of furans and other oxygenated hydrocarbons produced during combustion. These compounds can have a wide range of detrimental effects on human health, air quality, and regional and global climate. More>

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3-D Imaging Technique Maps DNA-Carrying Material at Center of Cells

Scientists have produced detailed 3-D visualizations that show an unexpected connectivity in the genetic material at the center of cells, providing a new understanding of a cell’s evolving architecture. More>

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Lab Receives Five R&D 100 Awards for Environmental, Battery, and X-Ray Technologies

They include Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) Toolset, Compact Dynamic Beamstop (CDBS), Cool Roof Time Machine, Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIM) Membrane for Long-Lived Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) Batteries, and Sustainable, Affordable Fluoride Removal (SAFR). More>

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Tender X-Rays Map the Double-Layer Potential

In a first-of-its-kind experiment at the Advanced Light Source, researchers demonstrated a new, direct way to study the inner workings of a phenomenon in chemistry known as an “electrochemical double layer” that forms where liquids meet solids. More>

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A Molecular View of Sperm-Egg Fusion

Researchers have uncovered the first interactions between the human sperm and egg — the initial steps in the creation of human life. The discovery lays a foundation to better understand fertilization and could lead to the development of non-hormonal contraceptives. More>

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How to Directly Probe ac Spin Currents

Scientists working at the Advanced Light Source have made the first unambiguous, direct measurements of ac spin currents flowing through nanostructured metal layers. The work represents a crucial step toward the development of future spintronic devices that are smaller, faster, and more energy efficient. More>

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X-Rays Are Revealing the Mysterious Writings in Mummy Coffins

For more than a century, archaeologists have hunted for literary treasure within the coffins of Egyptian mummies, entombed in sheets of papyrus tossed out by local scribes. But cleaning the papyrus — often hidden under paint and plaster — without destroying it has been a challenge. A beam at the Advanced Light Source is being used to help read the text without destroying. More>

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Lab Scientists Featured at Recent ‘Uncharted’ Conference

Postdocs Sinead Griffin (Materials Sciences) and Ruimin Qiao (Advanced Light Source) represented the Lab at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. Griffen discussed exploring science from high-energy physics to condensed matter, while Qiao talked about researching materials for energy applications. The event features on-stage conversations, music, dance, and workshops.

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