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DOE Announces $20 Million to Commercialize Energy Technologies

Grants were given to 12 national labs. Berkeley Lab projects include “Advancing the Commercial Building Energy Saver for Actionable Insights into Building Retrofits and to Enable Broad-Based Commercialization” ($150K), and “Development of a High Efficiency Anaerobic Electroporation Apparatus for Biofuel Generation from Waste Gases” ($499K). More>

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Director’s Message: Federal Budget Update

To provide emergency assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the President passed legislation that temporarily raises the nation’s debt limit, which keeps the federal government funded at FY17 levels through Dec. 8. Though it came as a result of these catastrophic storms, this legislation removes some of the immediate uncertainty for the nation and for Berkeley Lab. More>

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DOE 40th Anniversary Milestone: Expansion of Universe is Speeding Up

Scientists assumed the universe’s expansion was slowing down as gravity pulled debris from the Big Bang back together. But in 1999 Saul Perlmutter and others discovered the universe’s expansion is speeding up, driven by an unknown cause referred to as “dark energy.” They used measurements from Type 1a supernovae, which all reach maximum brightness when they explode. More>

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DOE’s 40 Years of Research: When the ‘Big Bang’ Became a Household Phrase

In this latest installment of the Department of Energy’s 40th anniversary celebration, the Office of Science commemorates astrophysicist George Smoot’s landmark 1992 paper, “Structure in the COBE Differential Microwave Radiometer First-Year Maps,” which presented a monumental discovery that won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics and turned the Big Bang into a household phrase.

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Michael Crommie and Alex Zettl Highlighted in DOE Blog

Electrons move through graphene more than 100 times faster than they do through silicon, but graphene is still difficult to use in modern electronics because it lacks a bandgap to direct where and when electrons flow. In this Aug. 30 article, the DOE’s Office of Science featured the efforts of Materials Sciences researchers Michael Crommie (far left) and Alex Zettl to get graphene’s electron traffic under control. More>

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DOE Celebrates 40 Years of Research

The Department of Energy will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Oct. 1. To mark the occasion, the Office of Science has collected 40 major papers it has supported from the past 40 years that have changed the face of science. Berkeley Lab researchers contributed to 13 of these milestones, including computer scientist Van Jacobson (1988) and Computing Sciences’ Philip Colella (1989). More>

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DOE Invests $7.5 Million to Improve Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) will be part of a consortium for a joint U.S.-India five-year project that will help advance the development of the power grid. ESDR will join a team led by Washington State University. The consortium has been awarded $7.5 million from DOE for the project.More>

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DOE Podcast Features ‘17 Labs in 17 Minutes’

From Ames and Argonne to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator, the latest episode of the Department of Energy’s “Direct Current” podcast highlights research taking place in each of the country’s national labs, including “Materials Magic” at Berkeley Lab. More>

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Director’s Message: Update on Federal Budget Process

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved separate versions of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that funds the Department of Energy.The House version of the FY 18 appropriations bill would fund the Office of Science at FY 17 levels, while the Senate version would increase funding by 3%. In broad summary, the total funding to the Lab next year will probably be close to what it is this year. More>

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DOE Oppenheimer Leadership Program Participants Visit the Lab

The DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program develops the next generation of leaders in the science and energy fields. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work. The 2017 cohort recently visited the Lab, touring the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry (pictured).

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