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A Berkeley Lab-led research team has demonstrated an ultrathin silicon nanowire that conducts heat 150% more efficiently than conventional materials used in advanced chip technologies. The device could enable smaller, faster, energy-efficient microelectronics.

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Using Bacteria to Accelerate CO2 Capture in Oceans

May 16th, 2022

You may be familiar with direct air capture, or DAC, in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere in an effort to slow the effects of climate change. Now a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has proposed a scheme for direct ocean capture. Removing CO2 from the oceans will enable them to continue to do their job of absorbing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.

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Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

May 10th, 2022

Four Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists and an affiliate scientist have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious organization honoring excellence in science, the humanities and arts, and policy and communication.

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2 Berkeley Lab Physicists Elected into the National Academy of Sciences

May 4th, 2022

Joel Moore and Joseph W. Orenstein of the Materials Sciences Division have been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. They join 120 scientists and engineers from the U.S. and 30 from across the world as new lifelong members and foreign associates.

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Skyrmions on the Rise – New 2D Material Advances Low-Power Computing

April 28th, 2022

A team co-led by Berkeley Lab has discovered a new ultrathin material with exotic magnetic features called skyrmions. The new material could enable the next generation of tiny, fast, energy-efficient electronic devices.

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Capturing Carbon With Inspiration From Battery Chemistry

April 21st, 2022

The need for negative emissions technologies to address our climate crisis has become increasingly clear. At the rate that our planet is emitting carbon dioxide – adding about 50 gigatons every year – we will have to remove carbon dioxide at the gigaton scale by 2050 in order to achieve “net zero” emissions.

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Using Hundred-Year-Old Chemistry to Capture Carbon Directly From Air

April 20th, 2022

Scientists at Berkeley Lab are working on new approaches to achieve direct air capture of carbon dioxide. Andrew Haddad, a researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area with a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry, talks about how a Nobel Prize-winning chemistry concept from more than a century ago inspired his idea for efficiently capturing CO2.