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Observations and measurements of a neutron star merger have largely ruled out some theories relating to gravity and dark energy, and challenged a large class of theories.
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A newly discovered protein appears to protect plants from damage caused by excess light. Researchers hope this could lead to new ways of improving the efficiency of #photosynthesis and increasing crop yields.
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Seeing is believing, or so the saying goes. Dark matter mock-ups, computer-generated galaxies, quasi quasars, and supernovae are key ingredients in simulated universes that scientists will use to help them interpret how new Earth-based and space-based sky surveys will view the universe.

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Study lends new clues for packing more lithium into battery cathodes, which could extend the range of electric vehicles.
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How do gas masks work? Our scientists are using X-rays to study how gas masks developed during World War I are able to handle modern chemical warfare agents. What they learn could eventually lead to more advanced gas masks for both military and civilian use.
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“This has huge potential because you can just imagine long stretches of fiber being turned into a massive seismic network,” said Shan Dou, a Berkeley Lab postdoctoral fellow. “The idea is, using fiber that can be buried underground for a long time, we can transform traffic noise or other ambient vibrations into usable seismic signals that can help us to monitor near-surface changes such as permafrost thaw and groundwater-level fluctuations.”

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A research team that includes our scientists has created a new catalyst on the path toward artificial photosynthesis — a system that would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy.

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In quantum materials, periodic stripe patterns can be formed by electrons coupled with lattice distortions. To capture the extremely fast dynamics of how such atomic-scale stripes melt and form, Berkeley Lab scientists used femtosecond-scale laser pulses at terahertz frequencies. Along the way, they found some unexpected behavior.

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“There are enormous efforts in industry to make a solid-state battery. It’s the holy grail because you would have the ultimate safe battery. But we still have work to do." - Berkeley Lab battery scientist Gerbrand Ceder.

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Watch Now! The LIVE Stream of today’s “Director’s Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series” with Jennifer Doudna is happening NOW.
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