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A Cage Made of Proteins, Designed With Help From the ALS

With help from the SIBYLS beamline at the Advanced Light Source, UCLA scientists recently designed a cage made of proteins that could lead to new biomaterials. The beamline helped the scientists efficiently and quickly understand the assembly process of the protein structures. More>

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Health Benefits of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantified

Research team calculated that the economic benefit of reduced health impacts from GHG reduction strategies in the U.S. range between $6 and $14 billion annually in 2020, depending on how the reductions are accomplished. This equates to a health benefit of between $40 and $93 per metric ton of carbon dioxide reduction. More>

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JGI Scientists Find Novel Digestive Strategy in Shipworm

In a recent study, a team including DOE JGI scientists reports that the shipworm, the so-called “termite of the sea,” has a special method of breaking down wood for digestion. The lessons learned could help improve biofuels production. The shipworm project was featured in the Washington Post. More>

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M37 Becomes Cyclotron Road and Launches First Cohort of Innovators

A one-of-a-kind program announced over the summer with the name M37 has officially launched with a new name and a first cohort of innovators. “Cyclotron Road” will be home to eight scientists-slash-entrepreneurs working on clean-energy technologies. Stop by for a meet-and-greet on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Building 15-253. More>

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Project Aims to Improve Ice-Ocean-Land Modeling

PISCEES is at the global forefront of modeling to predict the loss of land-ice mass and the resulting rise in sea levels, with a focus on Antarctica. “We’re applying the DOE’s most sophisticated mathematical tools to solving a problem that’s relevant to everyone,” says Esmond Ng of the Computational Research Division. More>

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New Model Shows Soil Will Relinquish Less Carbon to Atmosphere

Climate models probably overestimate the amount of carbon that will be released from soil into the atmosphere as temperatures rise, according to a new Lab model that explores the feedbacks between microbes, soil carbon, and climate change. The research could lead to more accurate predictions. More>

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Air Force Base Touts First Working Vehicle-to-Grid Interconnection

Soon, for the first time, a group of researchers will connect a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles to the electricity grid in southern California in a test of the connected fleet’s ability to provide the grid with power and excess storage capacity. The fleet at LA Air Force Base will use a system developed in part by Berkeley Lab. More>

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JGI Scientists Highlight Toolkit for Discovering New Life

In a Science perspective published earlier this month, JGI Director Eddy Rubin and Microbial Program Head Tanja Woyke say the time is right to apply genomic technologies to discover new life on Earth. More>

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Lightning Expected to Increase 50% With Global Warming

Berkeley Lab climate scientist David Romps and his colleagues looked at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models and conclude that their combined effect will generate more frequent electrical discharges to the ground. More>

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Latest Supercomputers Enable Truer Simulations of Extreme Weather

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But new, powerful supercomputers enable researchers to complete a run in just three months. The simulations are closer to actual observations, and the models are far better at reproducing storms, like hurricanes and cyclones. More>

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