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.
GeoT, a new computer program developed by Berkeley Lab researchers, is able to calculate the temperature of a deep geothermal reservoir, an important step to determine whether a geothermal site merits further exploration as a source of clean, renewable energy.
A breakthrough discovery into how living cells process and respond to chemical information could help advance the development of treatments for a large number of cancers and other cellular disorders that have been resistant to therapy.
Researchers at the Joint Genome Institute have discovered that categorizing wood-decaying fungi as either white or brown rot may not be as clear-cut as previously thought. The discovery complicates, but also broadens the range of fungal decay strategies to be explored for commercializing production of biofuels.
Berkeley Lab researchers have detected what is believed to be the smallest force ever measured—approximately 42 yoctonewtons—using a combination of lasers and a unique optical trapping system that provides a cloud of ultracold atoms. A yoctonewton is one septillionth of a Newton.
A recent experiment to measure the charge of antihydrogen has now placed a bound on the atom’s charge. Physicists from Berkeley Lab, the University of California, and the ALPHA collaboration at CERN have published a new measurement of antihydrogen’s charge, determined with unprecedented precision.
Berkeley Lab scientists have gained more insights into why older women are more susceptible to breast cancer. They found that as women age, the cells responsible for maintaining healthy breast tissue stop responding to their immediate surroundings, including mechanical cues that should prompt them to suppress nearby tumors.