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JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process.

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World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Completes Search

July 21st, 2016

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which, with the help of Berkeley Lab researchers, operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its search for the missing matter of the universe. At a meeting in the UK, LUX scientific collaborators presented the results from the detector’s final 20-month run.

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Modern Off-Grid Lighting Could Create 2 Million New Jobs in Developing World

July 19th, 2016

Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting—such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns—to solar-LED systems. While this trend has tremendous environmental benefits, a new study by Berkeley Lab has found that it spurs economic development as well, to the tune of 2 million potential new jobs.

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Dark Energy Measured with Record-Breaking Map of 1.2 Million Galaxies

July 14th, 2016

A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers, including those from Berkeley Lab, have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The team constructed this map to make one of the most precise measurements yet of the dark energy currently driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Grow Atomically Thin Transistors and Circuits

July 11th, 2016

In an advance that helps pave the way for next-generation electronics and computing technologies—and possibly paper-thin gadgets —Berkeley Lab scientists developed a way to chemically assemble transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick.

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New Discovery Could Better Predict How Semiconductors Weather Abuse

July 5th, 2016

Berkeley Lab scientists at DOE’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have found a way to better predict how thin-film semiconductors weather the harsh conditions in systems that convert sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into fuel.

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Discovery Could Dramatically Boost Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells

July 4th, 2016

A possible secret to increasing the efficiency of perovskite solar cells has been found hidden in the nanoscale peaks and valleys of the crystalline material.