A low-mass supernova could have sparked the solar system, a group of researchers including the Lab’s Wick Haxton proposes. The researchers drew their conclusion by creating models of low-mass supernova. They also studied short-lived nuclei on meteorites. More>
Lab materials scientist Nitash Balsara and colleagues are studying ways of making lithium batteries safer. The problem is in the news since the global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. He says that their research goal is to replace the battery’s flammable electrolyte with something safer. More>
Research by ETA’s Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu on planning renewable energy zones in Africa was recently highlighted in Nature. Across Africa, several nations are moving aggressively to develop their solar and wind capacity. The momentum has some experts wondering whether large parts of the continent can vault into a clean future. More>
Energy Technologies Area researcher Nihar Shah is quoted and his research featured in an article about air conditioner use in developing nations. He provided technical support in negotiations for the historic Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, passed earlier this month. The goal of the amendment is to phase out potent greenhouse gasses used as refrigerants in the units. More>
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>