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Latest supercomputers enable high-resolution climate models, truer simulation of extreme weather

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientist Michael Wehner was able to complete a run in just three months. read more

Synthetic biology could be the key to manned space missions

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The secret to pulling off long-term manned space missions is biomanufacturing – at least, that's the argument presented by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) who have used synthetic biology to produce sustainable alternatives to fuel and anti-malaria drugs. Show More Summary

Claim: Berkeley Lab scientists identify a new driver behind Arctic warming

From: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Scientists have identified a mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice. The research was led by scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). They studied a long-wavelength region of the electromagnetic…

Solar Prices Still Falling Fast, Study Finds

Solar prices continue to drop, according to findings of a joint report by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Scientists link ALS progression to increased protein instability

LA JOLLA, CA—October 13, 2014—A new study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and other institutions suggests a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),Show More Summary

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Link ALS Progression to Increased Protein Instability

A new study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other institutions suggests a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

TODAY’S STUDY: IMPACTS OF NET-METERED PV ON UTILITIES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS

Financial Impacts of Net-Metered PV on Utilities and Ratepayers: A Scoping Study of Two Prototypical U.S. Utilities Andrew Satchwell, Andrew Mills, Galen Barbose et. al., September 2014 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive...Show More Summary

New nanoparticles get us closer to artificial photosynthesis, mass carbon capture

Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have found a reliable way to catalyze the production of fuel from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Advanced light source sets microscopy record

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy or "soft" X-rays to image structures only five nanometers in size. Show More Summary

DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low

3 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

U.S. wind power prices have reached an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, which details trends seen in the U.S. wind industry last year, says the national average levelized price of wind power purchase Continue reading ?

TODAY’S STUDY: U.S. WIND RIGHT NOW

2013 Wind Technologies Market Report Ryan Wiser, Mark Bolinger, et al, August 18, 2014 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive Summary Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States were modest in 2013, but all signals point to more-robust growth in 2014 and 2015. Show More Summary

Photon speedway puts big data in the fast lane

A series of experiments conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) researchers is shedding new light on the photosynthetic process. The work also illustrates howShow More Summary

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That's cheap power. read more

Researchers map quantum vortices inside superfluid helium nanodroplets

Scientists have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The research, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryShow More Summary

WIND PRICES AT ALL TIME LOWS

Study: Price of wind energy in U.S. at all-time low Allen Chen, August 19, 2014 (R&D Magazine) “Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to [2013 Wind Technologies Market Report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory]…The...Show More Summary

IBM Unveils Chip That's Maybe As Powerful As a Cockroach

IBM has announced a new chip that it says is a breakthrough in emulating the human brain: "Power is the fundamental constraint as we move forward," says Horst Simon, deputy director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a major supercomputer user. Show More Summary

Tiny force measurement could have big implications

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley have measured what is believed to be the smallest force yet recorded – 42 yoctonewtons, or a septillionth of a newton... Continue Reading...Show More Summary

Gene changes in breast cancer cells pinpointed with new computational method

PITTSBURGH—Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, working with high-throughput data generated by breast cancer biologists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have devised a computational method to determine how gene...Show More Summary

First ab initio method for characterizing hot carriers

One of the major road blocks to the design and development of new, more efficient solar cells may have been cleared. Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the first ab initio methodShow More Summary

Flipping the switch on Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s smart-energy center

4 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

It won’t necessarily take you around the world, but Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s new FlexLab facility wants to give companies fresh views — literally — on how to boost energy efficiency. The $15.9 million facility in the hills...Show More Summary

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