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Study Sheds Light on How Bacterial Organelles Assemble

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Michigan State University are providing the clearest view yet of an intact bacterial microcompartment, revealing at atomic-level resolution the structure and assembly of the organelle's protein shell. This work can...
19-Jun-2017 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Find New Mechanism for Genome Regulation


The same mechanisms that separate mixtures of oil and water may also help the organization of an unusual part of our DNA called heterochromatin, according to a new study by Berkeley Lab researchers. They found that liquid-liquid phase separation...
21-Jun-2017 1:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

R&D Gives Magnetic Boost to Next-Gen X-ray Laser Projects


Teams of researchers working in a multi-lab collaboration have designed, built, and tested two magnetic devices called superconducting undulators. The effort could lead to a next generation of more powerful, versatile, compact, and durable X-ray...
19-Jun-2017 8:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Keeping California’s Natural Gas System Safe


The massive natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon shined a light on California’s aging natural gas infrastructure. And five years of extreme drought also exacted its toll on transmission pipelines. Now the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley...
19-Jun-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Sound Waves Direct Particles to Self-Assemble, Self-Heal

Berkeley Lab scientists have demonstrated how floating particles will assemble and synchronize in response to acoustic waves. Their simple experiment provides a new framework for studying how seemingly lifelike behaviors emerge in response to...
16-Jun-2017 8:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A Seaweed Derivative Could Be Just What Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Need


Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading. Now scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley...
13-Jun-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Find a Surprise Just Beneath the Surface in Carbon Dioxide Experiment

An X-ray technique, coupled with theoretical work, revealed how oxygen atoms embedded very near the surface of a copper sample had a more dramatic effect on the early stages of the reaction with carbon dioxide (CO2) than earlier theories could...
9-Jun-2017 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Uncovered: 1000 New Microbial Genomes


Microbes play important roles in regulating Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and in Nature Biotechnology, U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute scientists report the release of 1,003 phylogenetically diverse bacterial and archaeal...
8-Jun-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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