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Since the polio vaccine was introduced in the 1950s, one of the most dreaded diseases in history has been all but eradicated. Are there other scientific breakthroughs that could have an equally transformative impact on global human development, and if so, what are they?

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California’s Policies Can Significantly Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions through 2030

January 22nd, 2015

A new model of the impact of California’s existing and proposed policies on its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals suggests that the state is on track to meet 2020 goals, and could achieve greater emission reductions by 2030, but the state will need to do more to reach its 2050 climate goals.

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Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery

January 16th, 2015

Organic semiconductors are prized for light emitting diodes (LEDs), field effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic cells. As they can be printed from solution, they provide a highly scalable, cost-effective alternative to silicon-based devices. Uneven performances, however, have been a persistent problem. That’s now changed.

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Berkeley Lab Illuminates Price Premiums for U.S. Solar Home Sales

January 13th, 2015

A multi-institutional research team of scientists led by Berkeley Lab, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, universities, and appraisers found that home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems . The team analyzed almost 22,000 sales of homes, almost 4,000 of which contained PV systems in eight states from 1999 to 2013—producing the most authoritative estimates to date of price premiums for U.S. homes with PV systems.

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From the Bottom Up: Manipulating Nanoribbons at the Molecular Level

January 12th, 2015

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new precision approach for synthesizing graphene nanoribbons from pre-designed molecular building blocks. Using this process the researchers have built nanoribbons that have enhanced properties—such as position-dependent, tunable bandgaps—that are potentially very useful for next-generation electronic circuitry.

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From the Lab to Your Digital Device, Quantum Dots Have Made Quantum Leaps

January 8th, 2015

Berkeley Lab’s quantum dots have not only found their way into tablets, computer screens, and TVs, they are also used in biological and medical imaging tools, and now Paul Alivisatos’ lab is exploring them for solar cell as well as brain imaging applications.

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Berkeley Lab’s 2014 Highlights

December 23rd, 2014

Wondering what our contribution to science was in 2014? Take a look via our interactive timeline. Just click on the timeline or individual events to learn more. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and Happy New Year.