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Fleet of Automated Electric Taxis Could Deliver Environmental and Energy Benefits

March 28th, 2018

It may be only a matter of time before urban dwellers can hail a self-driving taxi, so researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley decided to analyze the cost, energy, and environmental implications of a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles operating in Manhattan.

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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Visits Berkeley Lab

March 27th, 2018

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry visited Berkeley Lab March 27, getting a firsthand view of how the Lab combines team science with world-class facilities to develop solutions for the scientific, energy, and technological challenges facing the nation.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Print All-Liquid 3-D Structures

March 26th, 2018

Scientists have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid.

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Underground Neutrino Experiment Could Provide Greater Clarity on Matter-Antimatter Imbalance

March 26th, 2018

Scientists working on the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR experiment have shown that they can shield a sensitive, scalable germanium detector array from background radioactivity – a critical step to developing a large experiment to study the nature of neutrinos and probe the universe’s matter-antimatter imbalance.

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Sewage Sludge Leads to Biofuels Breakthrough

March 26th, 2018

Researchers at Joint BioEnergy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tons per year.

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Plants Really Do Feed Their Friends

March 22nd, 2018

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have discovered that as plants develop they craft their root microbiome, favoring microbes that consume very specific metabolites. Their study could help scientists identify ways to enhance the soil microbiome for improved carbon storage and plant productivity.

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COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform Now Operational

March 21st, 2018

COSMIC, a next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at Berkeley Lab, brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the properties of materials at the nanoscale. It allows scientists to probe working batteries and other active chemical reactions, and to reveal new details about magnetism and correlated electronic materials.