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In what could address a critical bottleneck in biology research, Berkeley Lab researchers announced they have pioneered a new way to synthesize DNA sequences through a creative use of enzymes that promises to be faster, cheaper, and more accurate.

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

June 19th, 2018

A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing innovative machine learning tools to pull contextual information from scientific datasets and automatically generate metadata tags for each file. Scientists can then search these files via a web-based search engine for scientific data, called Science Search, that the Berkeley team is building.

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Scientists Create Continuously Emitting Microlasers With Nanoparticle-Coated Beads

June 18th, 2018

Researchers have found a way to convert nanoparticle-coated microscopic beads into lasers smaller than red blood cells. These microlasers, which convert infrared light into light at higher frequencies, are among the smallest continuously emitting lasers of their kind ever reported.

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CERN Ceremony Marks Groundbreaking for Accelerator Upgrade Involving U.S. National Labs

June 15th, 2018

A groundbreaking ceremony today celebrates the start of civil engineering work for a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. When complete, the High-Luminosity LHC will produce five to seven times more proton-proton collisions than the currently operating LHC, powering new discoveries about our universe.

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From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research

June 11th, 2018

From moon rocks to meteorites, and from space dust to a dinosaur-destroying impact, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin.

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Experiments at Berkeley Lab Help Trace Interstellar Dust Back to Solar System’s Formation

June 11th, 2018

Experiments conducted at Berkeley Lab helped to confirm that samples of interplanetary particles – collected from Earth’s upper atmosphere and believed to originate from comets – contain dust leftover from the initial formation of the solar system.

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Non-Crystal Clarity: Scientists Find Ordered Magnetic Patterns in Disordered Magnetic Material

June 8th, 2018

A team of scientists working at Berkeley Lab has confirmed a special property known as “chirality” – which potentially could be exploited to transmit and store data in a new way – in nanometers-thick samples of multilayer materials that have a disordered structure.