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The Solar Energy Research Center (SERC), renamed to Chu Hall, opened today at Berkeley Lab. It will house laboratories and offices devoted to photovoltaic and electro-chemical solar energy systems designed to improve on what plants do and make transportation fuels. The building houses the lab’s programs in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute . The three-story, nearly 40,000 square-foot, building cost $59 million will house approximately 100 researchers and was named after former Berkeley Lab Director Steven Chu, who went on to become U.S. Energy Secretary.

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Berkeley Lab Scientist Invents New Technique to Understand Cloud Behavior

May 27th, 2015

With two off-the-shelf digital cameras situated about 1 kilometer apart facing Miami’s Biscayne Bay, Berkeley Lab scientists David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before.

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On-demand X-rays at Synchrotron Light Sources

May 26th, 2015

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) have developed an “X-rays on demand” technique in which ALS users can have access to the X-ray beams they want without affecting beams for other users.

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Berkeley Lab Science Well-Represented in 2015 Lawrence Award Announcements

May 21st, 2015

Four of the nine scientists named by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as recipients of the 2015 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Department of Energy’s highest scientific honor, are affiliated with Berkeley Lab.

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Supernova Hunting with Supercomputers

May 20th, 2015

Berkeley researchers provide “roadmap” and tools for finding and studying Type Ia supernovae in their natural habitat

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Moore Foundation Funds Berkeley Lab Researchers for Promising New Technique for Studying Materials

May 18th, 2015

A novel X-ray scattering concept by researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) is receiving support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in the amount of $2.4 million. The grant was announced last month by the foundation which awarded the funding for the development of a new spectrometer for studying materials using X-ray scattering. The lead investigator on the effort will be ALS Division Deputy Zahid Hussain with ALS Director Roger Falcone acting as co-PI on the project.

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CLAIRE Brings Electron Microscopy to Soft Materials

May 14th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers, working at the Molecular Foundry, have invented a technique called “CLAIRE” that extends the incredible resolution of electron microscopy to the non-invasive nanoscale imaging of soft matter, including biomolecules, liquids, polymers, gels and foams.