New $115 Million Quantum Systems Accelerator to Pioneer Quantum Technologies for Discovery Science

Berkeley Lab-led center to catalyze U.S. leadership in quantum information science, and strengthen the nation’s research community to accelerate commercialization

The Quantum Systems Accelerator will optimize a wide range of advanced qubit technologies available on August 26. Berkeley Lab uses sophisticated dilution refrigerators to cool and operate superconducting quantum processor circuits.


SITELLE Machine Learning

Residual map of the recovered velocity parameter in the Southwest field of M33. The residual was calculated by taking the difference between the network's estimate and that of the ORCS fitting software.


Some of America’s Favorite Produce Crops May Need to Get a Move On by 2045

Berkeley Lab study finds warmer California temperatures by mid-century will be too hot for some crops, just right for others

California grows more tomatoes than any other state. Many of the areas where they have traditionally been grown, however, are predicted to become too warm even for this warm-season crop.


Where Are Stars Made? NASA's Spitzer Spies a Hot Spot

The most massive stars in the universe are born inside cosmic clouds of gas and dust, where they leave behind clues about their lives for astronomers to decode.

The star-forming nebula W51 is one of the largest "star factories" in the Milky Way galaxy. Interstellar dust blocks the visible light emitted by the region, but it is revealed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which captures infrared light that can penetrate dust clouds.


NASA Missions Explore a "TIE Fighter" Active Galaxy

TXS 0128+554, outlined in red here, is an elliptical galaxy located 500 million light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia.


A Dizzying Show by Comet NEOWISE

Comet NEOWISE Rotation Sequence.


Spinning Black Hole Powers Jet by Magnetic Flux

A new letter has been found in the mysterious alphabet of black holes. Two astrophysicists share this discovery in the journal Nature Communications.

The centre of quasar 3C279 emits flickering gamma radiation, which is characteristic of the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection.


Hubble Snaps Close-Up of Celebrity Comet NEOWISE

This image of comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on Aug. 8, 2020. Hubble’s image represents the first time a comet of this brightness has been photographed at such resolution after this close of a pass by the Sun. The two structures appearing on the left and right sides of the comet’s center are jets made up of ice sublimating from beneath the surface of the nucleus, with the resulting dust and gas being squeezed through at a high velocity. The jets emerge as cone-like structures, then are fanned out by the rotation of comet NEOWISE’s nucleus.


New Ground Station Brings Laser Communications Closer To Reality

Illustration of the LCRD payload transmitting an optical signal to OGS-2 in Haleakala, Hawaii.


Pristine Space Rock Offers NASA Scientists Peek at Evolution of Life’s Building Blocks

Animation inspired by the bright, burning glow of meteors as they enter Earth's atmosphere.