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More than a billion people in Asia depend on seasonal monsoons for their water needs. The Asian monsoon is closely linked to a planetary-scale tropical air flow which, according to a new study by Berkeley Lab, will most likely shift geographically as the climate continues to warm, resulting in less rainfall in certain regions.

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Scientists Explore Egyptian Mummy Bones With X-Rays and Infrared Light to Gain New Insight on Ancient Life

November 12th, 2019

Experiments at Berkeley Lab are casting a new light on Egyptian soil and ancient mummified bone samples that could provide a richer understanding of daily life and environmental conditions thousands of years ago.

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Five College Teams to Converge at Berkeley Lab for DOE CyberForce Competition

November 8th, 2019

The event, held simultaneously at ten of the DOE’s National Laboratories, will challenge 105 college teams to defend a simulated energy infrastructure from cyber-attacks. The CyberForce Competition is designed to inspire and develop the next generation of energy sector cybersecurity professionals.

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Machine Learning Enhances Light-Beam Performance at the Advanced Light Source

November 8th, 2019

A team of researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley has successfully demonstrated how machine-learning tools can improve the stability of light beams’ size for science experiments at a synchrotron light source via adjustments that largely cancel out unwanted fluctuations.

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Go With the Flow: Scientists Design Better Batteries for a Renewable Energy Grid

November 7th, 2019

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have designed an affordable ‘flow battery’ membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.

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A Game-Changing Test for Prion, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Diseases is on the Horizon

November 6th, 2019

A new test agent can easily and efficiently detect the misfolded protein aggregates that cause devastating neurological diseases in blood samples. The technology could lead to early diagnosis of prion, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases for the first time.

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Distributed Solar Prices Fall Annually by 5% to 7%

November 6th, 2019

The latest edition of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) annual Tracking the Sun report finds that prices for distributed solar power systems continued to fall in 2018, that industry practices continued to evolve, and that systems are getting bigger and more efficient.