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Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

August 27th, 2014

Working with Chinese researchers, Berkeley Lab has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.

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Encyclopedia of How Genomes Function Gets Much Bigger

August 27th, 2014

A big step in understanding the mysteries of the human genome was unveiled today in the form of three analyses that provide the most detailed comparison yet of how the genomes of the fruit fly, roundworm, and human function. The analyses will likely offer insights into how the information in the human genome regulates development, and how it is responsible for diseases.

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Competition for Graphene

August 26th, 2014

Berkeley Lab reports the first experimental observation of ultrafast charge transfer in photo-excited MX2 materials, the graphene-like two-dimensional semiconductors. Charge transfer time clocked in at under 50 femtoseconds, comparable to the fastest times recorded for organic photovoltaics.

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New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

August 25th, 2014

Eight Department of Energy national laboratories, including Berkeley Lab, are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other institutions in a project called Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy, or ACME, which is designed to accelerate the development and application of fully coupled, state-of-the-science Earth system models for scientific and energy applications.

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Shaping the Future of Nanocrystals

August 21st, 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers have recorded the first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes in solution, pointing the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and revealing that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale.

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Researchers Map Quantum Vortices Inside Superfluid Helium Nanodroplets

August 21st, 2014

Researchers have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium, opening new avenues to studying quantum rotation.