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Julian Borrill, who leads the Computational Cosmology Center in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, has been elected co-spokesperson of CMB-S4, a next-generation ground-based experiment to study the faint relic radiation from the Big Bang.

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Nanoparticle Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion

April 23rd, 2018

An international team, led by Berkeley Lab scientists, has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy.

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Study Recommends Strong Role for National Labs in ‘Second Laser Revolution’

April 20th, 2018

A new study calls for the U.S. to step up its laser R&D efforts to better compete with major overseas efforts to build large, high-power laser systems, and notes progress and milestones at the BELLA Center at the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab, and other sites.

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Largest Ever Database of U.S. Wind Turbines Released

April 19th, 2018

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in collaboration with public and private partners, has released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions.

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Valleytronics Discovery Could Extend Limits of Moore’s Law

April 13th, 2018

Research appearing today in Nature Communications finds useful new information-handling potential in samples of tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a candidate “valleytronics” transistor material that might one day enable chipmakers to pack more computing power onto microchips.

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Tiny Distortions in Universe’s Oldest Light Reveal Clearer Picture of Strands in Cosmic Web

April 10th, 2018

Scientists have decoded faint distortions in the patterns of the universe’s earliest light to map huge tubelike structures invisible to our eyes – known as filaments – that serve as superhighways for delivering matter to dense hubs such as galaxy clusters.

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First Direct Observations of Methane’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

April 2nd, 2018

A Berkeley Lab research team tracked a rise in the warming effect of methane – one of the most important greenhouse gases for the Earth’s atmosphere – over a 10-year period at a DOE field observation site in northern Oklahoma.