Today at Berkeley Lab

How Supercomputers Will Help Accelerate The Emerging Energy Economy

Forbes magazine conbributor Peter Kelly-Detwiler met with Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon and Kristin Persson (Energy Technologies Area) earlier this fall and visited the Lab’s Cori supercomputer. Supercomputing and materials science are becoming critical tools in the evolution to a clean-energy economy, he writes. More>

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ETA’s Persson Discusses Battery Technology on ‘Marketplace’ Program

Kristin Persson of the Energy Technologies Area was a recent guest on the NPR radio program “Marketplace,” where she discussed developments in battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries currently in use are “highly optimized” and not likely to improve, she says. “If you’re going to do a better battery, you have to discover a completely new material.” More>

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Cyclotron Road Fellows Featured in Rolling Stone Magazine

Etosha Cave (right), Nicholas Flanders, and Kendra Kuhl were included in the magazine’s list of “25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More” feature. The researchers — who are part of the Energy Technologies Area’s Cyclotron Road Division, which seeks to prepare energy technologies for the market — were recognized for their efforts to build reactors that trap greenhouse gas and convert it into compounds that are used to make plastics and liquid fuels. More>

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Etosha Cave Named a 7×7 ‘Hot 20’ Bay Area Innovator

7×7 Magazine recently recognized Opus 12 Chief Science Officer Etosha Cave of the Lab’s Cyclotron Road for her efforts to develop an industrial-scale reactor that has the power of 37,000 trees to upcycle carbon dioxide waste into useful (and profitable) fuels, chemicals, and plastics that are typically generated from petroleum. More>

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Neslihan Taş Featured in The Scientist

The December issue of The Scientist discusses how work done by Neslihan Taş of the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change – and the global effects of those changes. More>

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Developing Technologies and the Energy-Water Nexus

Water and energy are resources that are linked — generating energy requires water, often in large quantities, and energy is needed for pumping, treatment, and distribution of water. The Molecular Foundry’s Jeff Urban reviews how developing technologies may impact our energy and water use in a recent issue of Joule.

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Zwicky Transient Facility Opens Its Eyes to the Volatile Cosmos

The launch of Caltech’s Zwicky Transient Facility — a robotic camera able to capture hundreds of thousands of stars and galaxies in a single shot — was widely covered in the news. The Lab is among the partners in the facility. Articles appeared in Astronomy Now magazine, Science magazine, and The Guardian, among others. There was a related press release by Caltech.

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Lab’s Holman Explains Sweat-Eating Microbes for Student Science Publication

Researchers thought archaea preferred extreme environments, but are finding they are everywhere, even on skin. “Some of these weird microbes like our sweat,” explains Hoi-Ying Holman of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. She uses the Advanced Light Source to study to archaea, and was part of a new study showing the cells seem to prefer children and the elderly. More>

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Cosmic-Ray Particles Reveal Secret Chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Physicists have used muon detectors to reveal a large, previously unidentified chamber inside the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The group would next like to scan the country’s second largest pyramid, known as Khafre’s pyramid. In the 1960s, Lab researcher Luis Alvarez used muon imaging to scan this pyramid. He found nothing, but the technology has improved since then. More>

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