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Emerging Hydrogen Storage Technology Could Increase Energy Resilience

A team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab have examined backup power systems based on sponge-like materials called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, and found that with further research and development, they could be cost-competitive with other energy storage technologies for backup power.

How Venice, Italy Can Cut Carbon Emissions from Social Housing

Research using software developed at Berkeley Lab recently pinpointed actions that could help the historic canal city of Venice, Italy slash energy use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

First ‘Telomere to Telomere’ Human Genome Reveals Secrets of the Centromere

Adapted from a news release by Robert Sanders When scientists announced the complete sequence of the human genome in 2003, they were fudging a bit. In fact, nearly 20 years later, about 8% of the genome has never been fully sequenced, largely because it consists of highly repetitive chunks of DNA that are hard to

Microbial Response to a Changing and Fire-Prone Arctic Ecosystem

As Arctic fire intensity and frequency increases, Berkeley Lab scientists study microbes’ influence on post-wildfire conditions and show that more microbial activity may speed up recovery

Newly Discovered Bacterial Enzyme Produces Useful Biopolymer

The biopolymer has far-reaching potential from medical therapeutics to replacing synthetic plastics

Record Amounts of Zero-carbon Electricity Generation and Storage Now Seeking Grid Interconnection

The amount of new power generation and energy storage projects in so-called “interconnection queues” seeking to connect to the grid across the U.S. continues to rise dramatically, with over 1,400 gigawatts (GW) of total generation and storage capacity now seeking connection to the grid, according to new research by Berkeley Lab. The queues indicate particularly strong interest in solar, battery storage, and wind energy, which account for 93% of all proposed capacity.

Helping Puerto Rico Achieve 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Researchers at Berkeley Lab are working with five other Department of Energy national labs to develop a roadmap for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to meet its 100% renewable energy mandate. A new Memorandum of Understanding, signed earlier this month between the Commonwealth and the federal government, kickstarts this “PR100 Study,” a two-year project funded by FEMA to conduct a comprehensive analysis of pathways for Puerto Rico to meet its clean energy goals, with an emphasis on power system reliability, resilience, and generation planning.

What’s in a Name for a New Fungal Strain?

Space exploration has allowed humans to journey from earth to space – but humans may not be the only organisms hitching a ride by spacecraft. Microbiologists who study extreme environments are on the lookout for microorganisms present on spacecraft surfaces that could potentially contaminate the pristine environments of outer space. Now a new fungal strain has been discovered in a spacecraft assembly facility and named after a long-time Berkeley Lab microbiologist, Tamas Torok.

Scientists Discover ‘Secret Sauce’ Behind Exotic Properties of New Quantum Material

MIT physicists and colleagues, including scientists from Berkeley Lab, have discovered the “secret sauce” behind the exotic properties of a new quantum material known as a kagome metal.

All-Star Scientific Team Seeks to Edit Entire Microbiomes with CRISPR

Adapted from a UC Berkeley news release To date, CRISPR enzymes have been used to edit the genomes of one type of cell at a time: They cut, delete, or add genes to a specific kind of cell within a tissue or organ, for example, or to one kind of microbe growing in isolation in