JBEI researchers have developed a powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of “fuel” crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy – an assay that enables scientists to identify and characterize the function of nucleotide sugar transporters, critical components in the biosynthesis of plant cell walls.
Eight Bay Area high school students are participating in this summer’s iCLEM program, earning money and gaining “college knowledge” while conducting bioenergy research in the state-of-the-art scientific laboratories of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). iCLEM stands for Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology.
The world’s most advanced energy efficiency test bed for buildings is open for business. FLEXLAB, which includes a rotating test bed to track and test sun exposure impacts, is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying energy efficient technologies under real-world conditions.
In a bid to continue decreasing transistor size while increasing computation and energy efficiency, chip-maker Intel has partnered Berkeley Lab to design an entirely new kind of resist. Results could be easily incorporated by companies that make resist, and find their way into manufacturing lines as early as 2017.
Using the world’s most powerful x-ray laser, Berkeley Lab researchers took femtosecond “snapshots” of water oxidation in photosystem II, the only known biological system able to harness sunlight for splitting the water molecule. The results should help advance development of artificial photosynthesis for clean, green renewable energy.