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What’s that saying? The more you know! We’re using X-rays at our +AdvancedLightSource to study the microscopic structure of meteorites to help assess potential threats posed by approaching asteroids. #whatwouldyoudo

Details » http://bit.ly/rocksci4g
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Today is supersonic parachute day in our series! A human mission to #Mars requires a new parachute design that can slow down a heavy-payload spacecraft. +NASA's Ames Research Center scientists are working with our researchers on a 3-D X-ray imaging technique +AdvancedLightSource that can help them to understand parachute performance at the microscale under simulated Martian conditions.

Details » http://bit.ly/parachuteg

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A human mission to #Mars could require larger-payload spacecraft and a new heat shield design. +NASA's Ames Research Center scientists are working on next-generation heat shields that could be stored inside the spacecraft until needed, and then deployed like a giant umbrella. To understand how these new materials perform under extreme temperatures and pressures, +NASA has been working with scientists at our +AdvancedLightSource to study these high-tech heat shield materials at the microscale, and in 3-D, with an X-ray-based imaging technique.

Details » http://bit.ly/RocketSci2fb

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Before we send people to Mars, we need to be sure the spacecraft's heat shield and parachute systems can safely get us there. We have teamed up with @NASA to explore spacecraft materials at microscopic scales and under realistic conditions. Learn about this R&D partnership in a four-part series that begins today: “When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science.”

Details » http://bit.ly/RocketScig
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Calling all #space fans! Coming next week… When Rocket Science Meets X-ray Science, a 4-part series focused on +NASA's work on spacecraft materials at our +AdvancedLightSource.

(Video: Simulation of streaking particles colliding with carbon at two thousandths of a second. Researchers are using simulations to better understand what happens to carbon fibers in heat shield material.)

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Lab employees busy at work in our machine shop (aka building 7) on September 4, 1953. This building is still being used today to manufacture amazing hardware for use around the lab.

#tbt #throwbackthursday 
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Hi-res wave climate data can better capture hurricane formation and extreme waves compared with low-res counterparts. More accurate wave forecasts benefit coastal cities, the military, the shipping industry, and of course, surfers! 🏄🏻 

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The Berkeley Lab-led "LUX-ZEPLIN" project, a mile-deep hunt for #darkmatter, passes a major milestone in the quest to solve a #science mystery. 

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New “chemical Swiss army knife” invented at Berkeley Lab could change the way chemicals and tags are attached to biomolecules, including proteins. This new tool, called ReACT, could be used to help drug development, bioimaging, protein studies and more.

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A new study finds thirdhand smoke exposure leads to changes in weight and blood cell count in mice. The findings add more evidence that the effects of tobacco linger long after the smoke clears.
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