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In a unique groundbreaking ceremony held July 21 at a research site in South Dakota, a group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers from around the world marked the start of construction of a massive international experiment that could change our understanding of the universe.

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Berkeley Lab to Lead Multimillion-Dollar Geothermal Energy Project

July 20th, 2017

Berkeley Lab will lead 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.

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Report: Compact, Precise Beam Could Aid in Nuclear Security

July 18th, 2017

A Berkeley Lab-led report highlights a new, compact technique for producing beams with precisely controlled energy and direction 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.

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DOE Renews Funding for Joint BioEnergy Institute at Berkeley Lab

July 17th, 2017

The Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), led by Berkeley Lab, is one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers to receive funding in support of innovative research on biofuels and bioproducts. The four centers will receive a total of $40 million. The award marks the next research phase at JBEI, originally established in 2007.

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

July 17th, 2017

India is pushing hard to electrify its automobile market, 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 by scientists at Berkeley Lab has found that the prospective EV expansion will deliver economic benefits, help integrate renewable energy, and significantly reduce imports of foreign oil.

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New Berkeley Lab Algorithms Extract 3-D Biological Structure From Limited Data

July 12th, 2017

A new algorithmic framework called M-TIP helps researchers determine the molecular structure of proteins and viruses from X-ray free electron laser data, which is crucial in fields like biology and medicine.

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Shading and Lighting Retrofits Slash Energy Use in New York “Living Lab” Office Demonstration

July 10th, 2017

By using advanced lighting and automated shades, Berkeley Lab scientists found that occupants on one floor of a high-rise office building in New York City were able to reduce lighting energy usage by nearly 80 percent in some areas. The dramatic results emerged at a “living laboratory” set up to test four sets of technologies on one 40,000 square-foot floor of a building.