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Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20th, 2016

Biochemist Robert Glaeser, physicist Barbara Jacak, synthetic biologist Jay Keasling and molecular biologist Eva Nogales are among 213 new members elected to the academy, which recognizes accomplished scholars, scientists and artists.

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What Screens are Made of: New Twists (and Bends) in LCD Research

April 18th, 2016

A research team has directly measured a spiral molecular arrangement formed by liquid crystals that could help unravel its mysteries and possibly improve the performance of electronic displays.

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Berkeley Lab Projects Could Save California More Than $2 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

April 13th, 2016

Plug loads, or devices that plug into the wall, are responsible for at least 25 percent of electricity use in California buildings. And not only is that percentage growing, it’s a hard number to manage.

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Existing State Laws Collectively Require a 50% Increase in U.S. Renewable Electricity

April 6th, 2016

State renewables portfolio standards, known as RPS policies, have contributed to more than half of all renewable electricity growth in the United States since 2000. Most state RPS requirements will continue to rise through at least 2020, if not beyond, and collectively these policies will require substantial further growth in U.S. renewable electricity supplies. These findings are part of a new annual status report on state RPS policies from Berkeley Lab.

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Construction Begins on Major Upgrade to World’s Brightest X-ray Laser

April 4th, 2016

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing key components for LCLS-II, a major X-ray laser upgrade and expansion project that will enable new atomic-scale explorations with up to 1 million ultrabright X-ray pulses per second.

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Berkeley Lab Working on Key Components for LCLS-II X-ray Lasers

April 4th, 2016

  X-ray free-electron lasers, first realized a decade ago, produce the brightest X-rays on the planet, and scientists tap into these unique X-rays to explore matter at the atomic scale and observe processes that occur in just quadrillionths of a second. As the