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Sierra Snowpack Could Drop Significantly By End of Century

December 11th, 2018

A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that analyzed the headwater regions of California’s 10 major reservoirs, representing nearly half of the state’s surface storage, found they could see on average a 79 percent drop in peak snowpack water volume by 2100.

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Topological Matters: Toward a New Kind of Transistor

December 10th, 2018

An experiment conducted at Berkeley Lab has demonstrated, for the first time, electronic switching in an exotic, ultrathin material that can carry a charge with nearly zero loss at room temperature. Researchers demonstrated this switching when subjecting the material to a low-current electric field.

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Topping Off a Telescope with New Tools to Explore Dark Energy

December 4th, 2018

Key components for the sky-mapping Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, weighing about 12 tons, were hoisted atop the Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, and bolted into place last week, marking a major project milestone.

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How Berkeley Lab is Advancing Microelectronics

December 3rd, 2018

In collaboration with scientists at Intel Corp., Berkeley Lab scientist Ramamoorthy Ramesh proposes a new memory in logic device for replacing or augmenting conventional transistors.

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

November 28th, 2018

Four college teams – UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Cal State University San Bernardino, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – will square off at Berkeley Lab on Dec. 1 as part of DOE’s fourth collegiate CyberForce Competition. The event aims to address the cybersecurity capability gap and increase awareness around energy critical infrastructure.

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FIONA Measures the Mass Number of 2 Superheavy Elements: Moscovium and Nihonium

November 28th, 2018

A team led by nuclear physicists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first direct measurements of the mass numbers for the nuclei of two superheavy elements: moscovium, which is element 115, and nihonium, element 113. They obtained the results using FIONA, a new tool at Berkeley Lab that is designed to resolve the nuclear and atomic properties of the heaviest elements.

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Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

November 27th, 2018

Four Berkeley Lab scientists – Allen Goldstein, Sung-Hou Kim, Susannah Tringe, and Katherine Yelick – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. They are among the 416 scientists awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year.