Today at Berkeley Lab

Kathy Yelick Quoted in Article on March Toward Exascale Computing

There was much celebrating in America last month when the Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve the next significant milestone in processing power: exascale computing. “Our goal is to deliver as many breakthroughs as possible,” says Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick, who is part of the leadership team coordinating the US initiative. More>

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Industry, University Collaboration Yields Innovative, Sustainable Water Treatment

Severn Trent, a private water company in the U.K., has joined forces with Cranfield University on research and development of innovative water treatment approaches. This kind of collaboration will become more important as populations increase and water shortages loom. In a recent Nature article, the Lab’s Peter Fiske says emerging economies are facing critical questions about water cycle sustainability. More>

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U.S. Once Again Has Fastest Supercomputer

This week, when the latest ranking of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world was released, the Energy Department’s new Summit machine reclaimed the number one spot, which China has held for five years. The rankings are produced by TOP500, a group that includes the Lab’s Horst Simon and Erich Strohmaier. More>

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New York Times Names Cyclotron Road’s Kendra Kuhl a Climate Change Visionary

Cyclotron Road alumna Kendra Kuhl is one of five “climate change visionaries” advancing world-changing ideas and technologies that were featured recently in the New York Times. Kuhl is the chief technical officer of Opus12, which has developed a device that turns waste CO2 into chemicals and fuels. More>

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Carl Haber’s Project IRENE Helps Cal Student Rediscover Native American Heritage

Project IRENE, an audio digitization method invented by Lab physicist Carl Haber, made it possible for anthropologists to turn fragile wax cylinder recordings of Native American languages into digital sound archives — and for a UC Berkeley student to reconnect with his family and Native American culture. More>

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Cosmic Microwave Whatnow?

Julian Borrill, who leads CRD’s Computational Cosmology Center, recently appeared as the “featured physicist” on the particle physics news site Interactions Collaboration. Borrill’s blog post explains the Cosmic Microwave Background and his work interpreting this faint echo of the Big Bang. More>

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Former Lab Researcher Poised to Become Mayor of Mexico City

Until three years ago, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo worked as an environmental engineer. Now with a 20-point lead in the polls ahead of the July 1 election, she is poised to become mayor of Mexico City. Sheinbaum Pardo spent four years as a Ph.D. student at Berkeley Lab, comparing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She collaborated with ETA’s Lynn Price. More>

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Find a Cool Way to Save Water

Saving water may be as simple as changing the type of roof you have, two Berkeley Lab scientists have discovered. That might sound far-fetched, but their new study about “cool” roofs showed for the first time that it’s possible — and it could save California cities millions of gallons of water each year. More>

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Increased Solar and Wind Power Lowers Prices, but Raises New Questions

Joachim Seel, Andrew Mills, and Ryan Wiser of the Energy Technologies Area co-authored a piece in The Conversation on their new report about how electricity prices will be affected by increasing amounts of renewable sources of energy.

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Idaho State University Students Awarded Lab Computing Fellowship

A team of three international researchers from Idaho State University who are using math and statistics to help better predict cloud formation and the weather have been awarded a Computing Sciences Research Pathways Fellowship to Berkeley Lab this summer. More>

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