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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

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

2 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

2 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

The Rotating Building Where the Offices of the Future Will Be Tested

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

High up in the hills of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sit four square, blue buildings you'd be forgiven for finding nondescript. Inside, they're decorated with drab gray carpet familiar to any cubicle worker. But it's the buildings' electronic guts that make them unique in the whole world. Show More Summary

Resolving apparent inconsistencies in optimality principles for flow processes in geosystems

In a recent article published in the Chinese Science Bulletin, Hui-Hai Liu, a scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the University of California, proposed a new thermodynamic hypothesis.

Not much force: Berkeley researchers detect smallest force ever measured

What is believed to be the smallest force ever measured has been detected by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Using a combination of lasers andShow More Summary

Using technology to make old songs sing again

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

In 2008, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used digital imaging machine to play back the oldest known recordings of the human voice. Now, the machine is being used by The Library of Congress. Read the rest

Report reviews estimates of costs and benefits of compliance with renewable portfolio standards

A new report, prepared by analysts from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), reviews estimates of the costs and benefits of compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the United States and explores how costs and benefits may evolve over time. read more

Berkeley Lab researchers create nanoparticle thin films that self-assemble in 1 minute

The days of self-assembling nanoparticles taking hours to form a film over a microscopic-sized wafer are over. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have devised a technique whereby self-assembling nanoparticle arrays can form a highly ordered thin film over macroscopic distances in one minute. read more

Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

The evidence is in and there is no sticker shock from states adding more clean energy to their power grid. A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory entitled "A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit

New clues to why older women are more vulnerable to breast cancer

Scientists from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have gained more insights into why older women are more susceptible to breast cancer. They found that as women age, the cells responsible...Show More Summary

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