Today at Berkeley Lab

New Path Forward for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries

A team led by Gerbrand Ceder of the Materials Sciences Division has made a major advance in understanding the chemical processes in “lithium-rich cathodes,” which hold promise for a higher energy lithium-ion battery. The study was published in Nature Chemistry, and the team included Dong-Hwa Seo, Jinhyuk Lee, and Alexander Urban. More>

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ETA’s Lucas, KPIX News Test Car Seats for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The local news station and combustion scientist Don Lucas of the Energy Technologies Area ignited car seats to test how those treated with flame retardant chemicals compared with so-called “green seats” that used wool. The green seat provided about the same amount of protection, but without the chemicals, which have been shown to be harmful. More>

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Upgraded PIP-II RFQ Successfully Takes First Beam

In March, Fermilab successfully sent beam through a newly commissioned linear accelerator. The brand new radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) linac, designed and built by a team of engineers and physicists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be the start for a proposed upgrade to Fermilab’s 800-MeV superconducting linear accelerator. More>

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DoseNet Delivers Environmental Data as an Educational Tool

A network of radiation-monitoring devices — designed and engineered by UC Berkeley students working with Lab researchers — and a companion website and open-source code serve as educational and outreach tools for an international project called DoseNet that stretches from Northern California classrooms to a city hall in Japan. More>

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Hunting for Dark Matter’s ‘Hidden Valley’

Kathryn Zurek realized a decade ago we may be searching in the wrong places for clues to the unsolved mystery of dark matter. Despite making up 85 percent of the total mass of the universe, we haven’t yet figured out what it’s made of. Now, thanks to extraordinary improvements in experimental sensitivity, “we increasingly know where not to look,” she says. More>

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Bioscientists Validate Novel Protein Design Program

MBIB scientists helped to validate the groundbreaking protein design algorithm, HBNet, which was developed by a team of researchers under the guidance of David Baker, HHMI investigator at the University of Washington. Data collected at the Advanced Light Source were used to determine the agreement between the protein structures and the predicted models. More>

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JGI Researchers Call for Formation of a National Microbiome Data Center

JGI researchers have called for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally. The timely publication complements the White House’s launch of a National Microbiome Initiative focused on comparing microbial communities across ecosystems to identify the “organizing principles” that shape all microbiomes. More>

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Water-Energy Nexus New Focus of Berkeley Lab Research

Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production. And huge amounts of energy are required to pump, treat, heat, and deliver water. This interdependence of water and energy is the focus of the Water Resilience Initiative, co-led by the Energy Technologies Area and Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. More>

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JBEI Develops Workflow to Improve Biofuels Productivity

In a Cell Systems paper entitled “Characterizing strain variation in engineered E. coli using a multi-omics based workflow” researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and UC San Diego developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. More>

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Biologists ID Backup Systems That Ensure Genes Build Limbs

Researchers — including Marco Osterwalder of the Biosciences Area — have for the first time described the regulatory backups for two genes involved in mammalian limb formation. Understanding these redundancies, and how to bypass them, could be important for treating human diseases. More>

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