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New 3-D Simulations Show How Galactic Centers Cool Their Jets

August 14th, 2017

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Purdue University developed new theories and 3-D simulations to explain what’s at work in the mysterious jets of energy and matter beaming from the center of galaxies at nearly the speed of light.

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Five Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

August 10th, 2017

Five scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program.

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Annual Wind Power Report Confirms Technology Advancements, Improved Project Performance, and Low Wind Energy Prices

August 8th, 2017

Wind energy pricing for land-based, utility-scale projects remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Berkeley Lab. Prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are averaging around 2¢/kWh, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.

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Survey Provides High-Precision Measurements of Universe’s Makeup

August 3rd, 2017

New measurements – made possible by the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile – of the amount and “clumpiness” of dark matter in the present-day cosmos were made with a precision that rivals that of inferences from the early universe by a space telescope, the European Space Agency’s Planck observatory.

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New Simulations Could Help in Hunt for Massive Mergers of Neutron Stars, Black Holes

August 2nd, 2017

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed new computer models to explore what happens when a black hole joins with a neutron star – the superdense remnant of an exploded star.

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A Semiconductor That Can Beat the Heat

July 31st, 2017

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity – a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronics devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications.