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A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides 3-D views of space dust in the Milky Way, which could help us understand the properties of this dust and how it affects views of distant objects.

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Cryo-Electron Microscopy Achieves Unprecedented Resolution Using New Computational Methods

March 23rd, 2017

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM)—which enables the visualization of viruses, proteins, and other biological structures at the molecular level—is a critical tool used to advance biochemical knowledge. Now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have extended cryo-EM’s impact further by developing a new computational

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Study: Soils Could Release Much More Carbon Than Expected as Climate Warms

March 9th, 2017

Soils could release much more CO2 than expected into the atmosphere as the climate warms. The findings are based on a field experiment that explored what happens to organic carbon trapped in soil when all soil layers are warmed, which in this case extend to a depth of 100 centimeters.

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Attention Earthlings: Help Wanted in Finding a New Planet

March 8th, 2017

Data research for a Berkeley Lab-led dark energy experiment benefits citizen science project that seeks the public’s help in the hunt for a hypothesized Neptune-like Planet Nine.

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New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future

March 6th, 2017

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Caltech have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They did so by developing a process that promises to speed the discovery of commercially viable generation of solar fuels that could replace coal, oil, and other fossil fuels.

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New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

March 6th, 2017

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source.

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New Projects to Make Geothermal Energy More Economically Attractive

March 1st, 2017

The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.7 million to Berkeley Lab for two geothermal projects. The projects, which will take place at The Geysers, could make geothermal energy more cost-effective to deploy and operate.