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Potential New Way to Boost Biofuels and Bioproducts Production

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have gained insight into the primary process by which all cells harness energy, known as cellular respiration, of E. coli bacteria and a species of yeast, each of which are common hosts for biofuels and bioproducts. Their findings suggest new ways by which the pathways

DOE to Build Next-Generation Supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab has signed a $146 million contract with Cray for the facility’s next-generation supercomputer, a pre-exascale machine slated to be delivered in 2020. Named “Perlmutter” in honor of Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, it is the first NERSC system specifically designed to meet the needs of large-scale simulations as well as data analysis from experimental and observational facilities.

Researcher Thinks Outside the Box for Big Science

Researchers at Berkeley Lab are developing an “optimization algorithm” toolset that pinpoints which variables of a “black box” simulation model will churn out the most realistic data in less time.

Gamma Rays, Watch Out: There’s a New Detector in Town

With funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) award announced last year, NSD’s Heather Crawford and her team of researchers are developing a prototype for an ultrahigh-rate high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector that can count 2 to 5 million gamma rays per second while maintaining high resolution, allowing them to accurately measure the energy spectrum under extreme conditions.

All Aboard the Jungle Express!

JBEI researchers pave the way for efficient gene expression at any scale

Improving Soil Quality Can Slow Global Warming

This article is excerpted from a UC Berkeley news release. Read the full article here. Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Lawrence

Berkeley Lab-Developed Digital Library is a Game-Changer for Environmental Research

By Linda Vu  Having access to environmental data is crucial for everything from planning for our water and energy needs and safeguarding against environmental threats to building resilient infrastructure. Now a digital tool developed by a collaboration of scientists led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will make it much easier to use high-quality

Facebook Live Event Will Feature Science at the Advanced Light Source

What goes on at an X-ray light source? Tune in to Berkeley Lab’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleyLab/, at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) this Friday, July 27. Staff from Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) will describe this science facility and their work. The Facebook Live event will cater to an all-ages audience.

Ramamoorthy Ramesh To Lead “Beyond Moore’s Law” Initiative

After serving four years as Berkeley Lab’s Associate Director for Energy Technologies, Ramamoorthy Ramesh will be returning to his research in ultra low-power electronics while also helping to lead a major Berkeley Lab research initiative in next-generation, energy-efficient microelectronics. This new initiative has been dubbed “Beyond Moore’s Law,” as it seeks the solution to what

2 Poets and a Particle Accelerator

Two visiting poets – Kate Greene, a former Berkeley Lab science writer who is an author, essayist, journalist, and poet; and fellow poet, writer, and science enthusiast Anastasios Karnazes – drew inspiration from an overnight stay at Berkeley Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron from June 14-15.