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Coupling 2 'tabletop' laser-plasma accelerators: A step toward ultrapowerful accelerators

Laser-plasma accelerators (LPAs) got the nickname "tabletop" because, as shown by the unique BELLA accelerator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), they can boost electron beams to multibillion electron-volt energies (GeVs) in a few centimeters--a distance thousands of times shorter than conventional accelerators. read more

Scientists discover protein's starring role in genome stability, and possibly cancer prevention

If you have a soft spot for unsung heroes, you'll love a DNA repair protein called XPG. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) discovered that XPG plays a previously unknown and critical role helping to maintain genome stability in human cells. Show More Summary

Researchers pinpoint the drivers for low-priced PV systems in the United States

Berkeley, CA -- The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on homes and small businesses spans a wide range, and researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have published a new study that reveals the key market and system drivers for low-priced PV systems. read more

Cyborg Photosynthetic Bacteria!

This is weird science. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have taken some normal bacteria and made them photosynthetic by adding cadmium sulfide nanoparticles. Cadmium sulfide is what makes the garden-variety photoresistor work. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: STATE NEW ENERGY MANDATES WORK

A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards Ryan Wiser, Galen Barbose, et. al., January 2016 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) currently exist in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

A nanoscale look at why a new alloy is amazingly tough

Just in time for the icy grip of winter: A team of researchers led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified several mechanisms that make a new, cold-loving material one of the toughest metallic alloys ever. read more

New hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes. read more

New weapon in the fight against breast cancer

The first clinically-relevant mouse model of human breast cancer to successfully express functional estrogen receptor positive (ER+) adenocarcinomas has been developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Show More Summary

Diamonds may be the key to future NMR/MRI technologies

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have demonstrated that diamonds may hold the key to the future for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies read more

The artificial materials that came in from the cold

It has often been said that nature is history's greatest innovator and if that is true then scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are learning from the best. Berkeley...Show More Summary

New process removes defects in molecule-thick films for use transparent LED displays

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A new process in the development of atomically thin materials could advance the development of transparent LED displays, efficient solar cells and tiny transistors. Engineers at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have...Show More Summary

How much value does solar technology add to homes?

Seeking to shed more light on how the installation of solar technology can impact home values, a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently released a study showing how to calculate the value of green homes. Show More Summary

A new way to look at MOFs

An international collaboration of scientists led by Omar Yaghi, a renowned chemist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has developed a technique they dubbed "gas adsorption crystallography" that provides aShow More Summary

New clues to how gatekeeper for the cell nucleus works

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have uncovered new clues to how a molecular machine inside the cell acts as a gatekeeper, allowing some molecules to enter and exit the nucleus while keeping other molecules out. read more

Battery mystery solved: Microscopy answers longstanding questions about lithium-rich transition metal oxides

Using complementary microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) say they have solved the structure of lithium- and manganese-rich transition metal oxides, a potentially game-changing battery material and the subject of intense debate in the decade since it was discovered. read more

Atom-thin 2D laser promises advanced photonics for quantum computing

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A team from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a 2D laser just one molecule thick that promises to make significant advances in ultra-compact photonic components for the likes...Show More Summary

It Takes a Real Genius to Fake Photosynthesis

By Don Willlmott Brace yourself for some breathtaking botany. A group of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are hard at work trying to perfect a process of artificial photosynthesis in an attempt to turn sunlight into useful substances--while simultaneously getting rid of nasty carbon dioxide. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: BIG SOLAR NOW – PLUNGING COSTS, SKYROCKETING GROWTH

Utility-Scale Solar 2014; An Empirical Analysis of Project Cost, Performance, and Pricing Trends in the United States Mark Bolinger and Joachim Seel Energy, September 30, 2015 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive Summary Other...Show More Summary

Average Utility-Scale Solar Price In U.S. Falls To 5¢/kWh

Originally published on Cost of Solar. According to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), solar energy prices are at an all-time low, with the average price of solar energy in the United States having dropped down to 5¢/kWh, representing a 70% decline in power purchase agreement (PPA) prices since 2009. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: STATS ON THE HAVOC CLIMATE CHANGE IS BRINGING

Assessing Changes in the Reliability of the U.S. Electric Power System Larsen, et.al., August 2015 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Abstract Recent catastrophic weather events, existing and prospective federal and state policies, and growing investments in smart grid technologies have drawn renewed attention to the reliability of the U.S. Show More Summary

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