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climate change

Amazon Rainforest Absorbing Less Carbon Than Expected

Agriculture, forestry, and other types of land use account for 23% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, yet at the same time natural...
seawater

New Recipes for Taking Salt Out of Seawater

As populations boom and chronic droughts persist, coastal cities like Carlsbad in Southern California have increasingly turned to ocean desalination to supplement a dwindling fresh...
Water Pollution

How Drought and Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

One in 10 Americans depends on the Colorado River for bathing and drinking. Last fall’s record-high temperatures reduced Colorado snowpack in winter 2018 to...
Advanced Light Sourcevideo

Toward a New Light: Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project Moves Forward

The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a scientific user facility at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has received federal...
Digital Library

Berkeley Lab-Developed Digital Library is a Game-Changer for Environmental Research

Having access to environmental data is crucial for everything from planning for our water and energy needs and safeguarding against environmental threats to building...
machine learning

Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Machine Learning to Search Science Data

As scientific datasets increase in both size and complexity, the ability to label, filter and search this deluge of information has become a laborious,...
superinsulating windowsvideo

‘Super Window’ Could Save $10 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

About $20 billion worth of energy leaks out of windows in the United States each winter – and that’s with double-paned insulating windows installed...
Liquid 3-D Structuresvideo

Berkeley Lab Scientists Print All-Liquid 3-D Structures

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids....
All-Liquid 3-D Structuresvideo

Berkeley Lab Scientists Print All-Liquid 3-D Structures

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids....
CAMERA

Berkeley Lab ‘Minimalist Machine Learning’ Algorithms Analyze Images From Very Little...

Mathematicians at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new approach to machine learning aimed at experimental imaging...
injector

It All Starts With a ‘Spark’: Berkeley Lab Delivers Injector That...

Every powerful X-ray pulse produced for experiments at a next-generation laser project, now under construction, will start with a “spark” – a burst of...
battery

Coupling Experiments to Theory to Build a Better Battery

Lithium-sulfur batteries are promising candidates for replacing common lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles since they are cheaper, weigh less, and can store nearly double...
video

Building Better Batteries to Provide Renewable Energy Anytime, Anywhere

Research on lithium ion batteries — the power source for cellphones and nearly every piece of electronics we use daily — began at UC...
Electric Vortices

X-Rays Reveal ‘Handedness’ in Swirling Electric Vortices

Scientists used spiraling X-rays at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to observe, for the first time, a property that...
Microbial Metabolism

Real World Native Biocrusts: Microbial Metabolism

Arid lands, which cover some 40 percent of the Earth’s terrestrial surface, are too dry to sustain much in the way of vegetation. But...
photosynthesis

Berkeley Lab Researchers ID Plant ‘Sunscreen’ Protein

For plants, light is great, until it’s not. They need the sun’s energy to carry out photosynthesis, but too much light damages the chloroplasts...
dark fiber

Dark Fiber: Using Sensors Beneath Our Feet to Tell Us About...

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown for the first time that dark fiber – the vast...
quantum

Watching a Quantum Material Lose Its Stripes

Stripes can be found everywhere, from zebras roaming in the wild to the latest fashion statement. In the world of microscopic physics, periodic stripe...
batteries

“Holy Grail” for Batteries: Solid-State Magnesium Battery a Big Step Closer

A team of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor,...
neutrinosvideo

How the Earth Stops High-Energy Neutrinos in Their Tracks

Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos...