Today at Berkeley Lab

How to Make a Discovery…a Dance Between Theory and Experiment

For particle physicists, says Lab physicist Robert Cahn, the scientific method isn’t so much going from hypothesis to conclusion, but rather “an exploration in which we measure with as much precision as possible a variety of quantities that we hope will reveal something new.” More>

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Researchers Invited to Share Field Work Experiences on AGU Blog, Social Media

The American Geophysical Union invites researchers to share their adventures in field work on its new blog, The Field. Send an e-mail here to have your information considered. The AGU is also looking for scientists and science communicators to take over its Instagram account with images from recent fieldwork. Submit photos here.

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DOE Report Shows Significant Gains in Energy Employment

Dramatic growth was tracked in several key sectors of the U.S. economy in 2016. Among the findings: energy and energy efficiency industries added over 300,000 new jobs, energy efficiency jobs increased by 133,000, solar industry employment jumped by over 73,000 jobs, with wind adding 25,000 new jobs. More>

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STOMP Performs ‘On’ CERN

The touring cast from the percussion show STOMP stopped at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland to perform on accelerator parts such as a bubble chamber and an LHC dipole magnet near the Globe of Science and Innovation. Watch>

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Four New Names Officially Added to the Periodic Table of Elements

The newly proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have been accepted: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. Scientists first synthesized the new elements between 2002 and 2010, but it wasn’t until December of 2015 that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry officially recognized the discoveries. More>

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Alan Alda Flame Challenge: What is Energy?

The Flame Challenge — organized by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science — asks scientists to explain concepts proposed and judged by 11-year-olds. The person who provides the best answer wins. This year’s challenge is “What is Energy?” Submission deadline is Feb. 3. More>

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Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Fuel

In a new twist for waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. More>

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Lab Participates in Clean Energy Ministerial Showcase June 1-2

The event will feature nearly 100 innovative companies and technologies in San Francisco’s Union Square. The Lab’s booth includes energy integration demos, including control system sequencing, interoperability, and model predictive control across buildings and transport. Also scheduled is a STEM teacher training, Science at the Theater, and tours of the Lab and JBEI. More>

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ALS Aids Best-Ever Views of Mercury Transit

A stunning video of the transit of Mercury across the Sun was made possible in part by work done at the Advanced Light Source. The multilayer mirrors used in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) telescopes aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were calibrated and tested at ALS Beamline 6.3.2 before being launched into space in 2010. More>

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DOE’s Sherwood-Randall on Upcoming Clean Energy Ministerial

Given the Golden State’s reputation for inventing the future, it’s no surprise that the Bay Area will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in June, the first major gathering of energy ministers from key nations after the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, says Deputy Secretary for Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall in a piece for the Mercury News. More>

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