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Scientists Say: Expect More Rainfall Variability for California

California’s winter precipitation is expected to become 50% more variable by century’s end, based on a Berkeley Lab-led study of the impact of future greenhouse gas emissions on the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a rainfall pattern that covers a quarter of the globe. When active, the MJO influences whether precipitation occurs for 30 to 60 days,

Pioneering Work Modeling How Electric Vehicles Interact with the Electric Grid

As the rate of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the U.S. rises, the transportation sector will put additional pressure on the power grid. California expects more than 50% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), which includes battery EV, plug-in hybrid EV and fuel cell EV, in new vehicle sales by 2030 to achieve statewide emission and pollution reduction

Berkeley Lab Founder Ernest Lawrence to Be Honored With Memorial Highway in South Dakota

Nobel laureate Ernest Lawrence – founder of Berkeley Lab, inventor of the cyclotron, and a native of Canton, South Dakota – will be honored with a memorial highway in his home state.

Study Gains New Insight Into Bacterial DNA Packing

When bacteria are put in different environments, such as one that is more acidic or anaerobic, their genes start to adapt remarkably quickly. They’re able to do so because the proteins making up their chromosome can pack and unpack rapidly. Now, a Berkeley Lab-led team of researchers has been able to capture this process at

New Synthetic Biology Tools Unlock Complex Plant Engineering

Researchers at JBEI have developed a new set of synthetic biology tools that could unlock advanced plant engineering.

High-Performance Windows to Benefit Low-Income California Communities

Buildings account for a whopping 40% of total U.S. energy consumption, and windows are responsible for approximately 10% of that. High thermal performance windows reduce combined heating and cooling energy consumption of typical single family homes in California by up to 50% compared to existing single-pane windows, which are still found in 6.5 million, or

Ultrafine Control: Researchers Discover Ferroelectricity at the Atomic Scale

A research team co-led by Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley grew onto silicon an ultrathin material that demonstrates ferroelectricity. The discovery could lead to ultrathin materials that control the smallest electronic devices.

New Research Evaluates How U.S. Wind Plant Performance Changes with Age

U.S. wind plants maintain 87% of peak performance after 17 years, and newer plants show almost no decline over the first 10 years, according to a recent study from Berkeley Lab. Compared to studies of how European wind fleets age, the U.S. wind fleet shows mild performance loss with age, and plants built after 2008

Investigation into Fungi Food Choices Yields a Buffet of Information

A study of how fungi sense and respond to available food helps explain nutrient recycling and opens the door to better methods for producing bio-based products.

The World’s Forests Are Growing Younger

Researchers from Berkeley Lab and 20 other institutions have found that land use and atmospheric changes are altering forest structure around the world, resulting in fewer of the mature trees that are better at storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The scientists evaluated data and observations from more than 160 previous studies designed to capture