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Berkeley Lab’s particle accelerator blasts microprocessors with high-energy beams to toughen them up for trips into low-earth orbit and beyond.

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Time-Lapse Analysis Offers New Look at How Cells Repair DNA Damage

September 1st, 2015

Time-lapse imaging can make complicated processes easier to grasp. Berkeley Lab scientists are using a similar approach to study how cells repair DNA damage. Microscopy images are acquired about every thirty minutes over a span of up to two days, and the resulting sequence of images shows ever-changing hotspots inside cells where DNA is under repair.

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Gaming Computers Offer Huge, Untapped Energy Savings Potential

August 31st, 2015

In the first study of its kind, Berkeley Lab researcher Evan Mills co-authored an investigation of the aggregate global energy use of personal computers designed for gaming—including taking direct measurements using industry benchmarking tools—and found that gamers can achieve energy savings of more than 75 percent by changing some settings and swapping out some components, while also improving reliability and performance. This corresponds to a potential estimated savings of $18 billion per year globally by 2020, or 120 terawatt hours (TWh).

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Soaking Up Carbon Dioxide and Turning it into Valuable Products

August 27th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers have incorporated molecules of porphyrin CO2 catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to create a molecular system that not only absorbs CO2, but also selectively reduces it to CO, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products.

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Another Milestone in Hybrid Artificial Photosynthesis

August 24th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers using a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have combined semiconducting nanowires with select microbes to create a system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane, the primary constituent of natural gas.

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Berkeley Lab Releases Most Comprehensive Analysis of Electricity Reliability Trends

August 24th, 2015

In the most comprehensive analysis of electricity reliability trends in the United States, researchers at Berkeley Lab and Stanford University have found that, while, on average, the frequency of power outages has not changed in recent years, the total number of minutes customers are without power each year has been increasing over time.

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Major Innovation in Molecular Imaging Delivers Spatial and Spectral Info Simultaneously

August 17th, 2015

Using physical chemistry methods to look at biology at the nanoscale, a Berkeley Lab researcher has invented a new technology to image single molecules with unprecedented spectral and spatial resolution, thus leading to the first “true-color” super-resolution microscope.