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Reimagining Hydrogen: A Small Molecule With Large-Scale Ideas

October 6th, 2017

While hydrogen is often talked about as a pollution-free fuel of the future, especially for use in fuel cell electric vehicles, hydrogen can be used for much more than zero-emission cars. In fact, from enhancing the flexibility of the grid to greening agriculture, hydrogen could play a major role in a clean and resilient energy system.

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Berkeley Lab Tech Brings Nobel-Winning Cryo-EM Into Sharper Focus

October 4th, 2017

Berkeley Lab played a key role in the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry, awarded today, honoring the development of cryo-EM, an imaging technique that has launched the fields of structural biology and biochemistry into an exciting new era of discovery.

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Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

October 4th, 2017

With emerging exascale supercomputers, researchers will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes quickly and in unprecedented detail, as well as predict how these movements will impact energy infrastructure—from the electric grid to local power plants—and scientific research facilities.

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Quantum Computation to Tackle Fundamental Science Problems

September 26th, 2017

The observation that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles roughly every two years has set the pace for our modern digital revolution—making smartphones, personal computers and current supercomputers possible. But some of the big problems that scientists need to tackle might be beyond the reach of conventional computers. Researchers at Berkeley Lab have been exploring a drastically different kind of computing architecture based on quantum mechanics to solve some of science’s hardest problems.

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Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

September 26th, 2017

As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience and lower environmental impacts, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. However, that enhanced connectivity for grid operators and consumers also opens the door to hackers.

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Nanoparticle Supersoap Creates ‘Bijel’ With Potential as Sculptable Fluid

September 25th, 2017

Berkeley Lab scientists used nanoparticle surfactants to create a new type of “bijel,” a material that holds promise as a malleable liquid with applications in liquid circuitry, energy conversion, and soft robotics.

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Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

September 18th, 2017

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.