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Experiments at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source have helped scientists to solve a mystery of why some rocks can float for years in the ocean, traveling thousands of miles before sinking.

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Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

May 25th, 2017

California has established ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings, including a policy goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. Now Berkeley Lab has launched two projects to help the state meet its ZNE building goals.

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Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

May 18th, 2017

Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, more reflective pavements have some unexpected drawbacks relative to conventional pavements when considering the entire life cycle of the materials.

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Scientists Help Thin-Film Ferroelectrics Go Extreme

May 10th, 2017

Scientists have created the first-ever polarization gradient in thin-film ferroelectrics, greatly expanding the range of functional temperatures for a key material used in a variety of everyday applications. The discovery could pave the way for developing devices capable of supporting wireless communications in extreme environments.

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Scientists Print Nanoscale Imaging Probe onto Tip of Optical Fiber

May 10th, 2017

Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day.

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FIONA to Take on the Periodic Table’s Heavyweights

May 3rd, 2017

A new tool at Berkeley Lab will be taking on some of the periodic table’s latest heavyweight champions to see how their masses measure up to predictions.

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Berkeley Lab Names Peter Fiske Director of Water-Energy Resilience Institute

May 1st, 2017

Berkeley Lab has tapped Peter Fiske to be the director of its Water-Energy Resilience Institute, a new position that underscores the Lab’s commitment to developing solutions for the challenges associated with the interdependence of water and energy systems. Fiske will join Berkeley Lab on May 15.