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Berkeley Lab Scientists ID New Driver Behind Arctic Warming

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Scientists have identified a mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic and melting sea ice. They found that open oceans are much less efficient than sea ice when it comes to emitting in the far-infrared region of the spectrum, a previously unknown phenomenon that is likely contributing to the warming of the polar climate.

New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

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Eight Department of Energy national laboratories, including Berkeley Lab, are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other institutions in a project called Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy, or ACME, which is designed to accelerate the development and application of fully coupled, state-of-the-science Earth system models for scientific and energy applications.

Berkeley Lab Wins Three 2014 R&D 100 Awards

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Berkeley Lab has won three 2014 R&D 100 awards. This year’s winners include a fast way to analyze the chemical composition of cells, a suite of genetic tools to improve crops, and a method to screen images of 3-D cell cultures for cancer cells. The technologies could lead to advances in biofuels, food crops, drug development, and biomaterials, and a to better understanding of microbial communities, to name a few potential benefits.

Discovery of New Semiconductor Holds Promise for 2D Physics and Electronics

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry have discovered a unique new two-dimensional semiconductor, rhenium disulfide, that behaves electronically as if it were a 2D monolayer even as a 3D bulk material. This not only opens the door to 2D electronic applications with a 3D material, it also makes it possible to study 2D physics with easy-to-make 3D crystals.

Cooling Microprocessors with Carbon Nanotubes

Berkeley Lab researchers at the Molecular Foundry have developed a “process friendly” technique to enable the cooling of microprocessor chips through the use of carbon nanotubes.

Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem: Berkeley Lab Researchers Find Dendrites Start Below the Surface

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered that the dendrite problem that can cause lithium-ion batteries to short-circuit, overheat and possibly catch fire originates below the surface of the lithium electrode and not at the surface as has been widely believed.

On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing:

An international collaboration at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source has induced high temperature superconductivity in a toplogical insulator, an important step on the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing.

Berkeley Lab Wins Eight 2013 R&D 100 Awards

A generator that uses a virus to convert mechanical energy to electricity and a new material that will boost power storage in rechargeable batteries by 30 percent are among eight inventions by Berkeley Lab scientists that were honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, often dubbed the “Oscars of Innovation.”

Berkeley Lab Study Finds Moving Select Computer Services to the Cloud Promises Significant Energy Savings

A six-month study led by Berkeley Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year.

Meeting the Computing Challenges of Next-Generation Climate Models

Berkeley Lab recently hosted an international workshop that brought together top climatologists, computer scientists and engineers from Japan and the United States to exchange ideas for the next generation of climate models as well as the hyper-performance computing environments that will be needed to process the data from those models. It was the 15th in a series of such workshops that have been taking place around the world since 1999.