Simulating an entire, biologically realistic human brain remains an elusive goal with today’s hardware. The processing power that would be needed to pull off such a feat is mind-boggling. “It would be a nuclear power plant,” says the Lab’s Horst Simon. More>
Tens of millions of Americans get their water from private wells with no oversight as to how safe it might be. To help fill this gap, a team of entrepreneurs, including the Lab’s Susan Amrose, formed a startup called SimpleWater, a water-testing and product-recommendation service called Tap Score. Customers order a testing package and mail samples of their water to the nearest lab. More>
Few would argue that the state hasn’t done its fair share in the fight against climate change. But the question of how much the Global Warming Solutions Act has actually cut California’s greenhouse gas emissions is tougher to get at. “I think that it worked,” says the Lab’s Jeffrey Greenblatt. More>
CRD’s Sean Peisert, who served as program chair for the 2016 “Learning From Authoritative Security Experiment Results (LASER)” workshop, recently discussed the importance of failed experiments and evidence-based approaches in cybersecurity in an interview posted on IEEE’s Cybersecurity site.
A study led by Hugo Destaillats that quantifies potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarette emissions is the cover story of the current issue of Environmental Science & Technology. Lab researchers Lara Gundel, Marion Russell, Mohamad Sleiman, and Jennifer Logue were co-authors of the paper, which received widespread news coverage around the world. Read the Lab news release here.
“Makers” is a word that evokes tinkerers and hobbyists, yet many scientists have begun to embrace the build-it-yourself ethos to advance their research in a variety of fields, including energy, transportation, neuroscience and consumer electronics. Scientists at national labs — such as Berkeley Lab’s Ron Zuckermann (left) — are also getting creative with maker technologies. More>
While there is an energy cost to operating prisons, inmates generally consume less than an average citizen, so fewer prisoners might mean higher overall energy consumption. The Lab’s Alan Meier cites as another example of this “rebound effect” the increased purchase of efficient appliances, which drives up energy use, but studies show energy savings still dominate. More>
Chemistry World visited Berkeley and Livermore Labs to meet some of the scientists who study superheavy metals. In a series of videos, they were asked how they do it, how many more elements do they think they can make, and what led them to this field of study. The Lab’s Jackie Gates and Ken Gregorich are featured. More>
The eight species of fungi on board, which are descended from microbes collected at Chernobyl, may one day lead the way to a “sunblock” that could protect human space travelers from the harmful radiation of space. The microbes were originally collected by the Lab’s Tamas Torok. More>
While air conditioning temporarily cools, it’s making our world hotter. According to Berkeley Lab researchers, a crash program to maintain or establish three shade trees per building and make all roofs and pavement in U.S. cities reflective could decrease national cooling demand by 20 percent by driving temperatures lower. More>