Technology & engineering

Bioartificial kidney

The Kidney Project successfully tests a prototype bioartificial kidney

Taking another big step toward becoming reality, Shuvo Roy's project is awarded KidneyX’s Artificial Kidney Prize.

Lettuce on white background

Grow and eat your own vaccines?

A new project will study whether edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories.

3D-printed stellar nursery spheres

Holding stellar nurseries in your hands

Nia Imara and her collaborators have created new, 3D-printed models that provide a deeper understanding of distant star formations.

Illustration of the one-atom-thin 2D magnet

Scientists create the world’s thinnest magnet

A one-atom-thin 2D magnet developed by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley could advance new applications in computing and electronics.

Wearable on the fingertip

Calling all couch potatoes: This finger wrap can let you power electronics while you sleep

This new sweat-fueled device generates power even while the wearer is asleep or sitting still — no exercise required.

A man looks at a screen where his words appear while wearing a device on his head

‘Neuroprosthesis’ allows man with paralysis to put thoughts into words freely — a first

The new technology, which translates signals from the brain, could lead to more natural communication for people who have suffered speech loss.

Researcher using a blow torch on a block

Can we fireproof our houses?

Michele Barbato is looking in unexpected places for ways to build affordable homes that can handle disaster, including wildfires.

Troy Plunkett and Joseph Bello

Award-winning UC Merced grad works to improve wheelchair accessibility

Strauss Foundation scholar Joseph Bello focuses on getting people the wheelchairs they need, faster.

Berkeley Lab scientists Brett Helms and Corinne Scown hold samples of PDK plastic, a unique new material that can be recycled indefinitely

The story behind our infinitely recyclable plastic

Berkeley Lab scientists are solving the practical and environmental problems of traditional plastics.

Glasses of water next to each other

A new way to remove salts and toxic metals from water

Desalination can help meet growing water needs globally, but current techniques are limited. A new approach holds promise.