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Newswise: Keeping Cool Efficiently During Heat Waves
Released: 11-Aug-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Keeping Cool Efficiently During Heat Waves
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Heat waves are becoming a more regular occurrence across the country. Iain Walker, Leader of the Residential Building Systems Group at Berkeley Lab, has suggestions for how to weather them. Walker has more than 20 years’ experience as a building scientist and consultant on energy use and ventilation in residential buildings.

Newswise: Aug. 2020 Science Snapshots
Released: 10-Aug-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Aug. 2020 Science Snapshots
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*Subtropical weather phenomenon likely to bring greater rainfall – and drought – by 2100 *A Q&A with scientist Bin Wang on how Berkeley Lab is helping cities prepare for a major shift in our transportation and grid sectors *Berkeley Lab founder, cyclotron inventor, and Nobel laureate Ernest Lawrence, honored with a Memorial Highway in his home state.

Newswise: Natalie Roe Named Berkeley Lab’s Associate Director for Physical Sciences
Released: 6-Aug-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Natalie Roe Named Berkeley Lab’s Associate Director for Physical Sciences
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Natalie Roe, who joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) as a postdoctoral fellow in 1989 and has served as Physics Division director since 2012, has been named the Lab’s Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Physical Sciences Area. Her appointment was approved by the University of California. The announcement follows an international search.

Newswise: A Closer Look at Water-Splitting’s Solar Fuel Potential
Released: 6-Aug-2020 10:00 AM EDT
A Closer Look at Water-Splitting’s Solar Fuel Potential
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Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have gained important new insight into how the performance of a promising semiconducting thin film can be optimized at the nanoscale for renewable energy technologies such as solar fuels.

Newswise: Interpreting the Human Genome’s Instruction Manual
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Interpreting the Human Genome’s Instruction Manual
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Berkeley Lab bioscientists are part of a nationwide research project, called ENCODE, that has generated a detailed atlas of the molecular elements that regulate our genes. This enormous resource will help all human biology research moving forward.

Newswise: Geothermal Brines Could Propel California’s Green Economy
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Geothermal Brines Could Propel California’s Green Economy
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Deep beneath the surface of the Salton Sea, a shallow lake in California’s Imperial County, sits an immense reserve of critical metals that, if unlocked, could power the state’s green economy for years to come. These naturally occurring metals are dissolved in geothermal brine, a byproduct of geothermal energy production. Now the race is on to develop technology to efficiently extract one of the most valuable metals from the brine produced by the geothermal plants near the Salton Sea: lithium.

Newswise: Berkeley Lab Part of Multi-Institutional Team Awarded $60M for Solar Fuels Research
Released: 31-Jul-2020 7:15 AM EDT
Berkeley Lab Part of Multi-Institutional Team Awarded $60M for Solar Fuels Research
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The Department of Energy has awarded $60 million to a new solar fuels initiative – called the Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA) – led by Caltech in close partnership with Berkeley Lab. LiSA will build on the foundational work of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP).

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Released: 30-Jul-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Another Win for the Standard Model: New Study Defies Decades-Old ‘Discrepancy’ With High-Precision Measurement
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A new study dives into a decades-old discrepancy from a Standard Model of particle physics pillar known as “lepton flavor universality,” and provides strong evidence to resolve it.

Newswise: X-Rays Recount Origin of Oddball Meteorites
Released: 27-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
X-Rays Recount Origin of Oddball Meteorites
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X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab played a key role in resolving the origin of rare, odd meteorites that have puzzled scientists since their discovery a half-century ago. Known as type IIE iron meteorites, they appear to have originated from a parent body that had a composition featuring both fully melted and unmelted parts – other meteorite types display only one composition.

Newswise: Battery Breakthrough Gives Boost to Electric Flight and Long-Range Electric Cars
Released: 20-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Battery Breakthrough Gives Boost to Electric Flight and Long-Range Electric Cars
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Researchers at Berkeley Lab, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and electric planes called eVTOLs for fast, environmentally friendly commutes.

Newswise: The Secret to Renewable Solar Fuels is an Off-and-On Again Relationship
Released: 17-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
The Secret to Renewable Solar Fuels is an Off-and-On Again Relationship
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Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting carbon dioxide into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen, according to scientists at Berkeley Lab and Caltech.

Newswise: Scientists Successfully Demonstrate a New Experiment in the Search for Theorized ‘Neutrinoless’ Process
Released: 13-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Scientists Successfully Demonstrate a New Experiment in the Search for Theorized ‘Neutrinoless’ Process
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Nuclear physicists affiliated with Berkeley Lab played a leading role in analyzing data for a demonstration experiment in France that has achieved record precision for a specialized detector material.

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Released: 8-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Scientists Dive Deep Into Hidden World of Quantum States
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A research team led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has developed a technique that could lead to new electronic materials that surpass the limitations imposed by Moore’s Law.

Newswise: Science Snapshots July 2020
Released: 1-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Science Snapshots July 2020
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Berkeley Lab Science Snapshots July 2020

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Released: 23-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Introducing a New Isotope: Mendelevium-244
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A team of scientists working at Berkeley Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron has discovered a new form of the human-made element mendelevium. The newly created isotope, mendelevium-244, is the 17th and lightest form of the element, which was first discovered in 1955 by a Berkeley Lab team.

Newswise: Off the Scales: Fish Armor Both Tough and Flexible
Released: 18-Jun-2020 7:35 AM EDT
Off the Scales: Fish Armor Both Tough and Flexible
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Humans have drawn technological inspiration from fish scales going back to ancient times: Romans, Egyptians, and other civilizations would dress their warriors in scale armor, providing both protection and mobility. Now, using advanced X-ray imaging techniques, Berkeley Lab scientists have characterized carp scales down to the nanoscale, enabling them to understand how the material is resistant to penetration while retaining flexibility.

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Released: 17-Jun-2020 12:15 PM EDT
In International Physics Collaborations, Working Remotely Is Nothing New
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Marjorie Shapiro, an experimental particle physicist and faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab, has been accustomed to working remotely and observing extreme social distancing from some colleagues for years, given that the scientific experiment she supports is 5,800 miles away.

Newswise: Could the Answer to Groundwater Resources Come From High in the Sky?
Released: 11-Jun-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Could the Answer to Groundwater Resources Come From High in the Sky?
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A new computational approach developed by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers a high-tech yet simple method for estimating groundwater: it pairs high-resolution images derived by satellite with advanced computer modeling to estimate aquifer volume change from observed ground deformation.

Newswise: Showtime for Photosynthesis
Released: 4-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Showtime for Photosynthesis
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Using a unique combination of nanoscale imaging and chemical analysis, an international team of researchers has revealed a key step in the molecular mechanism behind the water splitting reaction of photosynthesis, a finding that could help inform the design of renewable energy technology.

Newswise: Scientists Aim Gene-Targeting Breakthrough Against COVID-19
Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:55 AM EDT
Scientists Aim Gene-Targeting Breakthrough Against COVID-19
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Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Stanford have joined forces to aim a gene-targeting, antiviral agent called PAC-MAN against COVID-19.

Newswise: Science Snapshots May 2020
Released: 3-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Science Snapshots May 2020
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World’s forests are growing younger, U.S. wind plant performance changes with age, and fungi food choices opens the door to better methods for producing bio-based products

Newswise: Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly
Released: 2-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly
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Farmers have enough worries – between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands – without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could make agriculture both more sustainable and more profitable.

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29-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Now Complete, Telescope Instrument is Poised to Begin Its Search for Answers About Dark Energy
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Even as the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, or DESI, lies dormant within a telescope dome on a mountaintop in Arizona, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DESI project has moved forward in reaching the final formal approval milestone prior to startup.

Newswise: Daya Bay Reactor Experiment Continues to Generate Data
Released: 29-May-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Daya Bay Reactor Experiment Continues to Generate Data
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Largely unaffected by the pandemic, the Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment in Shenzen, China, has continued to pump data to remote supercomputers for analyses.

Newswise: Laser, Biosciences Researchers Combine Efforts to Study Viruses in Droplets
Released: 28-May-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Laser, Biosciences Researchers Combine Efforts to Study Viruses in Droplets
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Laser and biology experts at Berkeley Lab are working together to develop a platform and experiments to study the structure and components of viruses like the one causing COVID-19, and to learn how viruses interact with their surrounding environment. The experiments could provide new insight on how to reduce the infectiousness of viruses.

Newswise: Site of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Search Project Carefully Ramps Up Science Work
Released: 22-May-2020 6:50 PM EDT
Site of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Search Project Carefully Ramps Up Science Work
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The Sanford Underground Research Facility, which is home to the LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter search project, earlier this month began a transition back toward increased operations.

Newswise: DESI Team Prepares for Telescope Instrument’s Restart after Unexpected Shutdown
Released: 22-May-2020 10:00 AM EDT
DESI Team Prepares for Telescope Instrument’s Restart after Unexpected Shutdown
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Despite a temporary shutdown of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument in Arizona – which was in its final stages of testing in preparation to begin mapping millions of galaxies in 3D when the pandemic struck – a variety of project tasks are still moving forward.

Newswise: This COVID-19 Detector Has Berkeley Lab Roots
Released: 20-May-2020 5:15 PM EDT
This COVID-19 Detector Has Berkeley Lab Roots
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A technology spun from carbon nanotube sensors discovered 20 years ago by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists could one day help healthcare providers test patients for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Newswise: Using Machine Learning to Estimate COVID-19’s Seasonal Cycle
Released: 20-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Using Machine Learning to Estimate COVID-19’s Seasonal Cycle
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One of the many unanswered scientific questions about COVID-19 is whether it is seasonal like the flu – waning in warm summer months then resurging in the fall and winter. Now scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are launching a project to apply machine-learning methods to a plethora of health and environmental datasets, combined with high-resolution climate models and seasonal forecasts, to tease out the answer.

Newswise: X-ray Experiments Zero in on COVID-19 Antibodies
Released: 19-May-2020 10:00 AM EDT
X-ray Experiments Zero in on COVID-19 Antibodies
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An antibody derived from a SARS survivor in 2003 appears to effectively neutralize the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, opening the door for speedy development of a targeted treatment.

Newswise: Masks On, Ready to Work: Meet the People Supporting COVID-19 Science
Released: 15-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Masks On, Ready to Work: Meet the People Supporting COVID-19 Science
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David Richardson’s job is literally to make sure the light stays on. But it’s not just any light – it’s a very special X-ray light that could play a crucial role in an eventual treatment for COVID-19. Richardson is an operator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s synchrotron light source facility, the Advanced Light Source (ALS), and is one of a handful of workers providing essential services to scientists working on COVID-19-related research.

Newswise: Making Quantum ‘Waves’ in Ultrathin Materials
Released: 14-May-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Making Quantum ‘Waves’ in Ultrathin Materials
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A team of researchers co-led by Berkeley Lab has observed unusually long-lived wavelike electrons called "plasmons" in a new class of electronically conducting material. Plasmons are very important for determining the optical and electronic properties of metals.

Newswise: New Research Launched on Airborne Virus Transmission in Buildings
Released: 13-May-2020 7:00 AM EDT
New Research Launched on Airborne Virus Transmission in Buildings
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As society prepares to reopen indoor spaces and ease back into some sense of normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is launching a study of the risk of airborne transmission of viruses within buildings and how to mitigate those risks.

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Released: 12-May-2020 11:00 AM EDT
CUORE Underground Experiment in Italy Carries on Despite Pandemic
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As the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in Italy, researchers working on a nuclear physics experiment called CUORE at an underground laboratory in central Italy scrambled to keep the ultrasensitive experiment running and launch new tools and rules for remote operations.

Newswise: Making a Material World Better, Faster Now: Q&A With Materials Project Director Kristin Persson
Released: 11-May-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Making a Material World Better, Faster Now: Q&A With Materials Project Director Kristin Persson
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Berkeley Lab’s Kristin Persson shares her thoughts on what inspired her to launch the Materials Project online database, the future of materials research and machine learning, and how she found her own way into a STEM career.

Newswise: Study: Could Dark Matter Be Hiding in Existing Data?
Released: 5-May-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Study: Could Dark Matter Be Hiding in Existing Data?
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A new study, led by researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, suggests new paths for catching the signals of dark matter particles that have their energy absorbed by atomic nuclei.

Newswise: Machine Learning Tool Could Provide Unexpected Scientific Insights into COVID-19
Released: 28-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Machine Learning Tool Could Provide Unexpected Scientific Insights into COVID-19
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A team of materials scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – scientists who normally spend their time researching things like high-performance materials for thermoelectrics or battery cathodes – have built a text-mining tool in record time to help the global scientific community synthesize the mountain of scientific literature on COVID-19 being generated every day.

Newswise: Picking Up Threads of Cotton Genomics
17-Apr-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Picking Up Threads of Cotton Genomics
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In Nature Genetics, a multi-institutional team including DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers sequenced and assembled the genomes of the five major cotton lineages to provide breeders with genetic level insights on crop improvements. The genomes are available on JGI’s plant data portal Phytozome.

Newswise: Seeing ‘Under the Hood’ in Batteries
Released: 16-Apr-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Seeing ‘Under the Hood’ in Batteries
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A high-sensitivity X-ray technique at Berkeley Lab is attracting a growing group of scientists because it provides a deep, precise dive into battery chemistry.

Newswise: Staff at Berkeley Lab’s X-ray Facility Mobilize to Support COVID-19-Related Research
Released: 15-Apr-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Staff at Berkeley Lab’s X-ray Facility Mobilize to Support COVID-19-Related Research
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Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source X-ray facility has been recalled to action to support research related to COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has already infected about 2 million people around the world.

Newswise: Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab: 3D nanoparticles and magnetic spin
Released: 9-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab: 3D nanoparticles and magnetic spin
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Researchers at Berkeley Lab have captured 3D images of nanoparticles in liquid with atomic precision, and developed an ultrathin electrical switch that could further miniaturize computing devices and personal electronics without loss of performance.

Newswise: Making Biofuels Cheaper by Putting Plants to Work
Released: 6-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Making Biofuels Cheaper by Putting Plants to Work
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One strategy to make biofuels more competitive is to make plants do some of the work themselves. Scientists can engineer plants to produce valuable chemical compounds, or bioproducts, as they grow. Then the bioproducts can be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant material can be converted into fuel. But one important part of this strategy has remained unclear — exactly how much of a particular bioproduct would plants need to make in order to make the process economically feasible?

Newswise: Uncertain Climate Future Could Disrupt Energy Systems
Released: 1-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Uncertain Climate Future Could Disrupt Energy Systems
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An international team of scientists has published a new study proposing an optimization methodology for designing climate-resilient energy systems and to help ensure that communities will be able to meet future energy needs given weather and climate variability. Their findings were recently published in Nature Energy.

Newswise: Using Fiber Optics to Advance Safe and Renewable Energy
Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Using Fiber Optics to Advance Safe and Renewable Energy
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Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring of Arctic permafrost thaw. Now they have been awarded new grants to develop fiber optics for two novel uses: monitoring offshore wind operations and underground natural gas storage.

Newswise: New Technique Looks for Dark Matter Traces in Dark Places
Released: 26-Mar-2020 2:15 PM EDT
New Technique Looks for Dark Matter Traces in Dark Places
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A new study by scientists at Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and the University of Michigan – published online this week in the journal Science – concludes that a possible dark matter-related explanation for a mysterious light signature in space is largely ruled out.

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Released: 26-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Looking Up From the Mountaintop: Q&A with a Telescope Instrument's Lead Observer
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In this Q&A Satya Gontcho A Gontcho, a lead observer for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), shares her experiences at the DESI site near Tucson, Arizona, including evening observing stints to run through detailed checklists and probe how the instrument’s components are working.

Newswise: Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab
Released: 23-Mar-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab
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March 2020 Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab

Newswise: Berkeley Lab Cosmologists Are Top Contenders in Machine Learning Challenge
Released: 20-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Berkeley Lab Cosmologists Are Top Contenders in Machine Learning Challenge
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In a machine learning challenge dubbed the 2020 Large Hadron Collider Olympics, a team of cosmologists from Berkeley Lab developed a code that best identified a mock signal hidden in simulated particle-collision data.

Newswise: Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology Clears Important Development Hurdle
Released: 19-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology Clears Important Development Hurdle
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A new design has put the long-sought idea of artificial photosynthesis within reach


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