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2013-01-07 10:10:40

Berkeley Lab research could lead to a better understanding of the Arctic ecosystem´s impact on the planet's climate What does pulling a radar-equipped sled across the Arctic tundra have to do with improving our understanding of climate change? It´s part of a new way to explore the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world´s soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere. The new approach combines several...

2012-12-07 11:35:26

Berkeley Lab scientists develop a new nanotech tool to probe solar-energy conversion If nanoscience were television, we'd be in the 1950s. Although scientists can make and manipulate nanoscale objects with increasingly awesome control, they are limited to black-and-white imagery for examining those objects. Information about nanoscale chemistry and interactions with light–the atomic-microscopy equivalent to color–is tantalizingly out of reach to all but the most persistent...

Big Boost To BigBOSS Givin By The Gordon And Betty Moore Foundation
2012-12-04 16:13:07

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory $2.1 Million Grant to Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics advances dark energy research at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab A $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California at Berkeley, through the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), will fund the development of revolutionary technologies for BigBOSS, a project now in the proposal stage designed to study dark energy with unprecedented...

Photovoltaic Prices Falling Rapidly In U.S.
2012-11-28 15:47:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to the latest issue of Tracking the Sun, the installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2011 and through the first half of 2012. Tracking the Sun is an annual PV cost-tracking report produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkley Lab), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy´s Solar Energy Technologies Program of the...

BOSS Survey Reveals 48,000 Quasars
2012-11-13 10:38:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) has announced the first major result of a new mapping technique, unveiling over 48,000 quasars. BOSS is the largest program of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and is mapping a huge volume of space to measure the role of dark energy in the evolution of the universe. “No technique for dark energy research has been able to probe this ancient era before, a time when...

2012-11-01 10:13:42

Proteins are able to self-assemble into a wide range of highly ordered structures that feature a diverse array of properties. Through biomimicry — technological innovation inspired by nature — humans hope to emulate proteins and produce our own version of self-assembling molecules. A key to accomplishing this is understanding how protein-folding — a process critical to the form and function of a protein — is extended from individual proteins to complex assemblies....

Table Top Accelerators To State Of The Art Beams
2012-10-22 15:34:11

Berkeley Lab´s lead in laser plasma acceleration research continues with new benchmarks for electron beam quality Part One: Focusing in on beam focus The rapidly evolving technology of laser plasma accelerators (LPAs) — called “table-top accelerators” because their length can be measured in centimeters instead of kilometers — promises a new breed of machines, far less expensive and with far less impact on the land and the environment than today´s...

How Genetic Differences Among Individuals Influence Breast Cancer Risk From Low-Dose Radiation
2012-10-17 15:38:03

Berkeley Lab research could lead to new ways to ID women who have higher risk of breast cancer from low-dose radiation Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have identified tissue mechanisms that may influence a woman´s susceptibility or resistance to breast cancer after exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation, such as the levels used in full-body CT scans and radiotherapy. The research could lead to new ways to...

The Road To Spintronics Advances
2012-10-15 13:23:39

Spintronic technology, in which data is processed on the basis of electron “spin” rather than charge, promises to revolutionize the computing industry with smaller, faster and more energy efficient data storage and processing. Materials drawing a lot of attention for spintronic applications are dilute magnetic semiconductors — normal semiconductors to which a small amount of magnetic atoms is added to make them ferromagnetic. Understanding the source of ferromagnetism in...

Best Of Both Catalytic Worlds
2012-10-10 15:14:32

Berkeley Lab Researchers Develop New Technique for Heterogenizing Homogenous Nano Catalysts Catalysts are substances that speed up the rates of chemical reactions without themselves being chemically changed. Industrial catalysts come in two main types — heterogeneous, in which the catalyst is in a different phase from the reactants; and homogeneous, in which catalyst and the reactants are in the same phase. Heterogeneous catalysts are valued for their sustainability because they can...