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New Members of Orange Carotenoid Protein Family Identified

Biosciences researchers have identified and characterized a new, functionally distinct member of the Orange Carotenoid Protein (OCP) family. OCPs enable chromatically acclimating cyanobacteria to avoid cellular damage and growth inhibition in conditions of high light or nutrient stress. More>

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Berkeley Lab to Lead Multimillion-Dollar Geothermal Energy Project

Tim Kneafsey of the Energy Geosciences Division is the lead of a new $9 million project aimed at removing technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), a clean energy technology with the potential to power 100 million American homes. Berkeley Lab will partner with seven other national labs to develop field experiments focused on understanding and modeling rock fractures. More>

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ALS Gives Intel a Closer Look at Microelectronic Packages

Intel has been using the tomography capabilities at the Advanced Light Source’s Beamline 8.3.2 to image microelectronic packages in 3-D at high resolution with short throughput time. This research has provided Intel with valuable information for both failure analysis and product development. More>

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Competition Helped Biosciences Intern Reavelyn Pray Find Her Place in Science

Pray was taught that students like her didn’t become scientists. But thanks to landing first place in the National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge, and help from the scientific community, Pray – now an intern with the Lab’s Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division – is a lot further along toward her goal than the naysayers ever thought possible. More>

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Compact, Precise Beam Could Aid in Nuclear Security  

A Berkeley Lab-led report highlights a new, compact technique for producing beams that could “see” through thick steel and concrete to more easily detect and identify concealed or smuggled nuclear materials for national security and other applications. More>

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Office of Science Highlights Work by Foundry’s Ron Zuckermann

The DOE Office of Science recently featured work by Zuckermann of the Molecular Foundry to make new customized materials that self-assemble like proteins do, but are sturdier and longer-lasting. The article also underscores the importance of computational simulations powered by NERSC for the portion of the work focusing on self-assembling synthetic shells for gene therapy applications. More>

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Epigenetic Effects of ‘Genomic Parasites’ Impact Their Evolution

Transposable elements (TEs), bits of DNA that copy themselves and jump to other locations in the genome, can harm organisms through epigenetic effects such as changing the way DNA is packaged in cells. Berkeley Lab Biosciences researchers found an inverse correlation between harmful epigenetic effects and the number of TEs in fruit flies. More>

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India’s EV Drive Will Boost Power Utilities, Increase Energy Security

India is aiming to sell only electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030. But what impact will that shift have on the country’s utilities and the grid? A new report led by Nikit Abhyankar of ETA’s International Studies Group has found that the prospective EV expansion will deliver economic benefits, help integrate renewable energy, and significantly reduce imports of foreign oil. More>

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Gas Plants or Renewables? New Lab Study Helps Utilities Compare the Risks

A study by Energy Technologies’ Mark Bolinger offers a new way for utilities and independent power producers to decide between investing in renewables and natural gas generation. The study’s “statistical concept” quantifies the probable risks of each resource, and factors them into a levelized cost of energy comparison. More>

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Worldwide Review on Nuclear Waste Disposal Now Available

The “Fifth Worldwide Review on International Approaches for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Geological Formations: Geological Challenges in Radioactive Waste Isolation” summarizes state-of-the-art radioactive waste disposal approaches, with authors representing 23 countries. Safe disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste is a challenge faced by governments, energy companies, and scientists. More>

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