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    Price of Solar Energy in the United States Has Fallen to 5 cents/kWh on Average

    Price of Solar Energy in the United States Has Fallen to 5 cents/kWh on Average

    Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by Berkeley Lab. Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar project developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging just 5 cents/kWh.

    A Different Type of 2D Semiconductor

    A Different Type of 2D Semiconductor

    Berkeley Lab researchers have produced the first atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites. These ionic materials exhibit optical properties not found in 2D covalent semiconductors such as graphene, making them promising alternatives to silicon for future electronic devices.

    ORNL Demonstrates Road to Supercapacitors for Scrap Tires

    ORNL Demonstrates Road to Supercapacitors for Scrap Tires

    Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a technology developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Drexel University.

    ORNL Integrated Energy Demo Connects 3D-Printed Building, Vehicle

    ORNL Integrated Energy Demo Connects 3D-Printed Building, Vehicle

    A research demonstration unveiled today at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory combines clean energy technologies into a 3D-printed building and vehicle to showcase a new approach to energy use, storage and consumption.

    Dirty, Crusty Meals Fit for (Long-Dormant) Microbes

    Dirty, Crusty Meals Fit for (Long-Dormant) Microbes

    Deploying a set of tools called "exometabolomics," a Berkeley Lab team harnessed the analytical capabilities of mass spectrometry techniques to quantitatively measure how individual microbes and the biocrust community transform complex mixtures of metabolites from soil. The study published September 22, 2015 in Nature Communications.

    Making 3D Objects Disappear

    Making 3D Objects Disappear

    Berkeley researchers have devised an ultra-thin invisibility "skin" cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well.

    Nano-Trapped Molecules Are Potential Path to Quantum Devices

    Nano-Trapped Molecules Are Potential Path to Quantum Devices

    Single atoms or molecules imprisoned by laser light in a doughnut-shaped metal cage could unlock the key to advanced storage devices, computers and high-resolution instruments.

    Q&A: Biologist Describes Milestone in Watching Proteins Boogie

    Q&A: Biologist Describes Milestone in Watching Proteins Boogie

    Using an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, researchers have for the first time directly seen myoglobin move within quadrillionths of a second after a bond breaks and the protein releases a gas molecule. The Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser is a DOE Office of Science User Facility, and its short, bright pulses were essential for observing these ultrafast, atomic-scale motions.

    Scientists Use Lasers to Simulate Shock Effects of Meteorite Impact on Silica

    Scientists Use Lasers to Simulate Shock Effects of Meteorite Impact on Silica

    Scientists used high-power laser beams at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simulate the shock effects of a meteorite impact in silica, one of the most abundant materials in the Earth's crust. They observed, for the first time, its shockingly fast transformation into the mineral stishovite - a rare, extremely hard and dense form of silica.

    New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary

    New ORNL Catalyst Addresses Engine Efficiency, Emissions Quandary

    A catalyst being developed by researchers could overcome one of the key obstacles still preventing automobile engines from running more cleanly and efficiently.

    Team Announces Breakthrough Observation of Mott Transition in a Superconductor

    Team Announces Breakthrough Observation of Mott Transition in a Superconductor

    An international team of researchers announced today in Science the observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor. The discovery experimentally connects the worlds of classical and quantum mechanics and illuminates the mysterious nature of the Mott transition. It also could shed light on non-equilibrium physics, which is poorly understood but governs most of what occurs in our world. The finding may also represent a step towards more efficient electronics based on the Mott transition.

    Extreme Pressure Causes Osmium to Change State of Matter

    Extreme Pressure Causes Osmium to Change State of Matter

    Using metallic osmium (Os) in experimentation, an international group of researchers have demonstrated that ultra-high pressures cause core electrons to interplay, which results in experimentally observed anomalies in the compression behavior of the material.

    Insight Into Obscure Transition Uncovered by X-Rays

    Insight Into Obscure Transition Uncovered by X-Rays

    The list of potential mechanisms that underlie an unusual metal-insulator transition has been narrowed by a team of scientists using a combination of X-ray techniques. This transition has ramifications for material design for electronics and sensors.

    Best Precision Yet for Neutrino Measurements at Daya Bay

    Best Precision Yet for Neutrino Measurements at Daya Bay

    Today, the international Daya Bay Collaboration announces new findings on the measurements of neutrinos, paving the way forward for further neutrino research, and confirming that the Daya Bay neutrino experiment continues to be one to watch.

    Best Precision Yet for Neutrino Measurements at Daya Bay

    Best Precision Yet for Neutrino Measurements at Daya Bay

    Today, the international Daya Bay Collaboration announces new findings on the measurements of neutrinos, paving the way forward for further neutrino research, and confirming that the Daya Bay neutrino experiment continues to be one to watch.

    SLAC's Ultrafast 'Electron Camera' Visualizes Ripples in 2-D Material

    SLAC's Ultrafast 'Electron Camera' Visualizes Ripples in 2-D Material

    New research led by scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University shows how individual atoms move in trillionths of a second to form wrinkles on a three-atom-thick material. Revealed by a brand new "electron camera," one of the world's speediest, this unprecedented level of detail could guide researchers in the development of efficient solar cells, fast and flexible electronics and high-performance chemical catalysts.

    Researchers See 'Spin Current' in Motion for the First Time

    Researchers See 'Spin Current' in Motion for the First Time

    Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time seen a spin current - an inherent magnetic property common to all electrons - as it travels across materials. The result, which revealed a surprising loss of current along the way, is an important step toward realizing a next-generation breed of electronics known as "spintronics."

    Making Fuel From Light

    Making Fuel From Light

    Refined by nature over a billion years, photosynthesis has given life to the planet, providing an environment suitable for the smallest, most primitive organism all the way to our own species. While scientists have been studying and mimicking the natural phenomenon in the laboratory for years, understanding how to replicate the chemical process behind it has largely remained a mystery -- until now.

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory September 2015

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory September 2015

    ORNL lamp simulates sun in tests for NASA; ORNL model examines diabetes progression; Hybrid lubricant holds great promise for engine efficiency; ORNL, partners score success with wireless charging demo; New software helps in design of quantum computers, batteries

    Tiny Drops of Early Universe 'Perfect' Fluid

    Tiny Drops of Early Universe 'Perfect' Fluid

    New data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider confirm that small nuclei can create tiny droplets of a perfect liquid primordial soup when they collide with larger nuclei.

    Q&A: Researchers Explain a Strange High-Intensity Result at SLAC's X-Ray Laser

    Q&A: Researchers Explain a Strange High-Intensity Result at SLAC's X-Ray Laser

    At extremely high intensities, X-rays stop behaving like the ones in your doctor's office and begin interacting with matter in very different ways. This "nonlinear" X-ray behavior can only be seen at X-ray free-electron lasers. Recent experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have revealed a new, unexpected twist in that behavior that may be one for the textbooks and could change the way these powerful lasers probe matter.

    Time-Lapse Analysis Offers New Look at How Cells Repair DNA Damage

    Time-Lapse Analysis Offers New Look at How Cells Repair DNA Damage

    Time-lapse imaging can make complicated processes easier to grasp. Berkeley Lab scientists are using a similar approach to study how cells repair DNA damage. Microscopy images are acquired about every thirty minutes over a span of up to two days, and the resulting sequence of images shows ever-changing hotspots inside cells where DNA is under repair.

    Soaking Up Carbon Dioxide and Turning it into Valuable Products

    Soaking Up Carbon Dioxide and Turning it into Valuable Products

    Berkeley Lab researchers have incorporated molecules of porphyrin CO2 catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) to create a molecular system that not only absorbs carbon dioxide, but also selectively reduces it to CO, a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products.

    ORNL Chemical Sampling Interface Features Simplicity, Speed

    ORNL Chemical Sampling Interface Features Simplicity, Speed

    In mere seconds, a system can identify and characterize a solid or liquid sample.

    Antimatter Catches a Wave at SLAC

    Antimatter Catches a Wave at SLAC

    A study led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles has demonstrated a new, efficient way to accelerate positrons, the antimatter opposites of electrons. The method may help boost the energy and shrink the size of future linear particle colliders - powerful accelerators that could be used to unravel the properties of nature's fundamental building blocks.