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Berkeley Lab Study Finds that Future Deployment of Distributed Solar Hinges on Electricity Rate Design

July 9th, 2015

Future distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment levels are highly sensitive to retail electricity rate design, according to a newly released report by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The study also explores the feedback effects between retail electricity rates and PV deployment, and suggests that increased solar deployment can lead to changes in PV compensation levels that either accelerate or dampen further deployment.

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Sensitive and Specific: A New Way of Probing Electrolyte/Electrode Interfaces

July 8th, 2015

Researchers have developed a new technique that enables sensitive and specific detection of molecules at the electrode/electrolyte interface. This new method uses diffraction from graphene gratings to overcome key difficulties associated with traditional optical spectroscopy that employs infrared probing of buried interfaces.

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Radiation Safety for Sunken-Ship Archaeology

July 7th, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers help scientists determine the radiation risk of exploring an underwater aircraft carrier.

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Autonomous Taxis Would Deliver Significant Environmental and Economic Benefits

July 6th, 2015

Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment’s notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study from Berkeley Lab, such a system would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Opening a New Route to Photonics

June 26th, 2015

Berkeley scientists have developed a technique for effectively controlling pulses of light in closely packed nanoscale waveguides, an essential requirement for ultrahigh density, ultracompact integrated photonic circuitry.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists to Develop Better Way to Screen Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 24th, 2015

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing a cell culture that could help researchers better identify chemicals that increase breast cancer susceptibility. The scientists will grow the culture using adult stem cells obtained from breast tissue. Their test will show if a chemical causes a breakdown in cell-to-cell communication, which is a fundamental defect of cancer.