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In an analysis of data from an experiment embedded in Antarctic ice, a research collaboration including scientists from Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the Earth stops high-energy neutrinos – particles that only very rarely interact with matter.

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A Flight Path to Physics Success

November 22nd, 2017

In a previous career with the U.S. Air Force, Sandra Miarecki flew high above the Earth’s surface. She retired from the Air Force in 2007 to pursue a new calling in physics that would set her sights on particles traveling into the depths of the Earth.

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Berkeley Lab Takes Home Four R&D 100 Awards for Cutting-Edge Technologies

November 20th, 2017

Technologies that help determine how solar energy affects the grid, benchmark energy savings for low-carbon cities, understand the functions of genes in microbes under different environmental conditions, and simulate how chemical reactions occur and change as fluids travel underground — all developed by researchers at Berkeley Lab — have received annual R&D 100 awards.

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Berkeley Lab Physicist, Atmospheric Chemist Named AAAS Fellows

November 20th, 2017

Michael Barnett, a senior physicist and educator; and Ronald C. Cohen, a climate and air quality researcher – have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, formed in 1848.

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Research Becomes Reality in Study of Fire Impact on Sonoma Water Resources

November 20th, 2017

Catastrophic fires in Northern California burned more than 110,000 acres in Sonoma and Napa counties last month – including 8 percent of the Russian River watershed. Now with the rainy season underway Berkeley Lab’s research – which seeks to understand how the hydrology and microbiology of the surface and groundwater system respond to extreme events – has become even more critical.

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Detailed View of Immune Proteins Could Lead to New Pathogen-Defense Strategies

November 16th, 2017

Biologists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley used cryo-EM to resolve the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system to summon support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. The researchers captured the high-resolution image of a protein ring, called an inflammasome, as it was bound to flagellin, a protein from the whiplike tail used by bacteria to propel themselves forward.

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X-Rays Reveal the Biting Truth About Parrotfish Teeth

November 15th, 2017

A new study has revealed a chain mail-like woven microstructure that gives parrotfish teeth their remarkable ability to chomp on coral all day long – the structure could serve as a blueprint for designing ultra-durable synthetic materials.