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JBEI Joins Elite 100/500 Club

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The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. JBEI is a DOE Bioenergy Research Center led by Berkeley Lab.

Computing A Textbook of Crystal Physics

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Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have developed a methodology that enabled them to compute piezoelectric constants for nearly 1,000 inorganic compounds.

Berkeley Lab’s Work for a Greener China Highlighted at U.S.-China Climate Summit

California Gov. Jerry Brown, China Energy Group head Lynn Price, and members of the Chinese delegation at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles.

The China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) participated in the two-day U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles this week. The Summit fulfills a key element of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change by Presidents Obama and Xi last November, helping to ensure that the ambitious actions to address climate

ESnet’s Science DMZ Breaking Down Barriers, Speeding up Science

This map shows the location of universities which have deployed Science DMZs or similar architectures funded by the National Science Foundation.

From individual universities around the country to a consortium of research institutions stretching the length of the west coast, networking teams are deploying an infrastructure architecture known as the Science DMZ developed by the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet ) to help researchers make productive use of ever-increasing data flows.

Defects Through the Looking Glass

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Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated a new method that can be applied to study individual defects in a widely used bulk insulating material, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), by employing scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

Made from Solar Concentrate

Bathing the Earth with enough energy in one hour to meet human needs for an entire year, the sun represents the ultimate source of clean, green sustainable energy.

A team of scientists with Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois created solar cells that collect higher energy photons at 30 times the concentration of conventional solar cells, the highest luminescent concentration factor ever recorded.

At the American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston: Berkeley Lab’s Paul Alivisatos and Noah Bronstein Discuss Nanoparticles and Solar Energy Applications

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At the ACS Meeting in Boston, Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos discussed quantum dots and next generation luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs).

At the American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston: Berkeley Lab’s Omar Yaghi Discusses Capturing Carbon in the Presence of Water with MOFs and COFs

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At the ACS Meeting in Boston, Berkeley Lab’s Omar Yaghi described the design of IRMOF-74-III compounds that can selectively capture carbon dioxide in the presence of water.

Most Comprehensive Projections for West Antarctica’s Future Revealed

Retreat in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in 2154 (Credit: Cornford et al., The Cryosphere, 2015)

A new international study is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model, called Berkeley-ISICLES (BISICLES), to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how much that could add to sea-level rise. The results paint a clearer picture of West Antarctica’s future than was previously possible.

Cosmic Mystery Deepens with Discovery of New Ultra-High-Energy Neutrino


Evidence of a fourth ultra-high energy neutrino—the highest-energy neutrino yet—has been detected by the South Pole-based IceCube experiment.