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‘Super Window’ Could Save $10 Billion Annually in Energy Costs

About $20 billion worth of energy leaks out of windows in the United States each winter. Berkeley Lab researchers are now working with manufacturers to bring to market a “super window” that is at least twice as insulating as 99 percent of the windows for sale today and will be ready to achieve mass-market status. More>

New Simulations Show Potential Impact of Major Quake by Building Location, Size


A team of Berkeley Lab scientists has leveraged powerful supercomputing at NERSC to simulate ground motion at unprecedented resolution. Their work – part of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project – is important for showing how different seismic wave frequencies of ground motion affect structures of various sizes. More>

A Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Synthesize DNA 

In what could address a critical bottleneck in biology research, scientists at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, have pioneered a new way to synthesize DNA sequences through a creative use of enzymes that promises to be faster, cheaper, and more accurate. More>

From Moon Rocks to Space Dust: Berkeley Lab’s Extraterrestrial Research


From moon rocks to meteorites, and from space dust to a dinosaur-destroying impact, Berkeley Lab has a well-storied expertise in exploring samples of extraterrestrial origin. This research has helped us to understand the makeup and origins of objects within and beyond our solar system. More>

Berkeley Lab Welcomes Its 2018 Summer Interns

This year, the Lab welcomes more than 100 interns, comprised of undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, graduate students, and faculty members from around the country. They will work alongside Lab scientists on a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, such as particle physics and computing science. A poster session in early August will highlight their research projects. 

Watch Conversation Between NPR’s Joe Palca and Geri Richmond


Geri Richmond — a member of the National Science Board, secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and advocate for diversity — sat down with NPR’s Joe Palca on Monday, June 11. The event was part of the Lab Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series. Watch>

What Is a Computer? The Lab Helps Answer That Question for Local Second Graders

The Lab recently hosted second graders from Berkeley’s Sylvia Mendez Elementary School (formerly LeConte) to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. The program, now in its ninth year, is part of the Lab’s STEM outreach efforts. The event was captured in this Exposure photo feature.

Lab Employees Volunteer with Rebuilding Together to Improve Senior Center


Several Berkeley Lab employees recently spent a Saturday volunteering with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North to make improvements to the South Berkeley Senior Center. Their efforts were part of a larger renovation of the center, which provides companionship, culture, and community for older adults in Berkeley.  

Campanile’s Peregrine Falcon Chicks Named After Berkeley-Discovered Elements

A month ago, three peregrine falcon chicks hatched high atop the Campanile tower on the UC Berkeley campus. Hundreds of bird enthusiasts flocked to social media to suggest names for the fledglings. In honor of the campus’ 150th anniversary, the chicks were named Berkelium, Californium, and Lawrencium, all elements discovered at Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley. More>
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