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FAQ on How Public Affairs Can Help Share Your News With the Media

Have a pending publication you’d like publicized? An interesting story to tell? Need help talking with reporters? In a new FAQ, “Working with Public Affairs,” get answers to some of the most common questions researchers ask on how to promote new research and learn how Public Affairs can help reach new audiences. To visit the page, go here (LDAP login required).

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Scientists Grapple Over Extent Humans Are Making Extreme Weather Worse

Attribution science seeks to help people in positions of power make decisions about adapting to a changing world. Scientists study a class of events, and assess whether past human actions have increased their risk. However, sometimes, humans don’t play a role, says the Lab’s Dáithí Stone. More>

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World On Pace to Install 700 Million More Air Conditioners by 2030

Nihar Shah of the Energy Technologies Area was a guest on a recent episode of NPR’s “Here and Now” program, discussing how to make air conditioning more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. More>

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Kasen Pens Scientific American Article on Understanding Exploding Stars

“Roughly every second, somewhere in our observable universe, another sun is destroyed in a stellar catastrophe — when a star pulsates, collides, collapses to a black hole or explodes as a supernova. This dynamic side of the universe has lately come to the forefront of astronomical research,” says Daniel Kasen of the Lab’s Nuclear Science Division. More>

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Horst Simon Among Guests on KQED Forum Program on Energy Ministerial Event

Energy ministers from 23 countries, and the European Commission, convene in San Francisco this week for the Clean Energy Ministerial. The gathering will focus on how to meet the ambitious goals set at the Paris Climate Talks and how to encourage the use of renewable energy technology worldwide. Simon can be heard at 16:50 on the audio recording. More>

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Lab’s Spencer Klein Encourages Investment in Neutrino Astronomy

In a commentary for Nature, Klein (Nuclear Science Division) calls for bigger telescope arrays to catch particles form the most energetic places in the Universe. “Designs for neutrino telescopes are on the drawing board and could be up and running in five to ten years — if the astro-, particle- and nuclear-physics communities can come together and coordinate funding,” he says.

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Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’?

Once upon a time, there was a difference between on and off. Now, it’s more complicated: Roughly 50 devices and appliances in the typical American household are always drawing power, even when they appear to be off, estimates Berkeley Lab’s Alan Meier. More>

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Can Artificial Intelligence Create the Next Wonder Material?

Instead of continuing to develop new materials the old-fashioned way — stumbling across them by luck, then painstakingly measuring their properties in the laboratory — researchers, including the Lab’s Gerbrand Ceder and Kristin Persson, are using computer modelling and machine-learning techniques to generate libraries of candidate materials by the tens of thousands. More>

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Lab Startup CinderBio Featured in Newsweek

Startup CinderBio, founded by Lab researchers Jill Fuss and Steven Yannone, recently appeared in Newsweek. Biodegradable CinderBio enzymes operate at higher temperatures and more acidic conditions than available enzymes used in biofuel production and industrial cleaning, achieving outcomes more efficiently and at a lower cost.

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Researchers Aim to Put Carbon Dioxide Back to Work

Increasingly, scientists are asking, rather than throwing away or storing CO2, how about recycling some of it? “The grand prize is figuring out how to make CO2 be recyclable, a renewable resource,” said Harry Atwater of the Lab’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, in a recent New York Times article. “That would be a millennial advance for society.” More>

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