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Berkeley Lab’s Open-Source Spinoff Serves Science

June 7th, 2017

Scientists used to come to Gregory Kurtzer of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s IT department a lot, asking for a better way to use software containers in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment. After a while he got tired of saying, “Sorry, not possible.” So he invented a solution and named it Singularity.

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‘Expert in a suitcase’ Cuts Power Bills 10% in Small Commercial Buildings

June 1st, 2017

The knowledge and expertise of a seasoned energy efficiency professional has been packed into a high-tech suitcase. The Sensor Suitcase is a portable case that contains easy-to-use sensors and other equipment that make it possible for anyone to identify energy-saving opportunities in small commercial buildings.

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Heavy Particles Get Caught Up in the Flow

May 30th, 2017

New, high-precision measurements of the subatomic mix of particles produced by smashing gold nuclei together benefit from a Berkeley Lab-developed device known as the “Heavy Flavor Tracker.”

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Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

May 25th, 2017

California has established ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings, including a policy goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. Now Berkeley Lab has launched two projects to help the state meet its ZNE building goals.

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How X-rays Helped to Solve Mystery of Floating Rocks

May 23rd, 2017

Experiments at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source have helped scientists to solve a mystery of why some rocks can float for years in the ocean, traveling thousands of miles before sinking.

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Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal

May 18th, 2017

Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, more reflective pavements have some unexpected drawbacks relative to conventional pavements when considering the entire life cycle of the materials.