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First Direct Observations of Methane’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect

A Berkeley Lab research team tracked a rise in the warming effect of methane — one of the most important greenhouse gases for the Earth’s atmosphere — over a 10-year period at a Department of Energy field observation site in northern Oklahoma. More>

Distortions in Universe’s Oldest Light Reveal Clearer Picture of Cosmic Web

Scientists have decoded faint distortions in the patterns of the universe’s earliest light to map huge tube-like structures invisible to our eyes — known as filaments — that serve as superhighways for delivering matter to dense hubs such as galaxy clusters. More>

In Today’s ‘Throw-Away’ Society, Goudey Works to Create a ‘Culture of Repair’

Berkeley Lab researcher Howdy Goudey always enjoyed tinkering, so he was intrigued when he first heard about “fixit clinics” — community events where people bring small broken items to get free repair help from fixit “coaches.” Goudey now volunteers as a coach with the nonprofit Fixit Clinic organization at numerous Bay Area events. More>

Advance Light Source Helps Battle Bitter-Pit Disease in Honeycrisp Apples  

Why are Honeycrisp apples more prone to bitter- pit disorder? It’s an issue that has vexed fruit growers for some time. How to solve this culinary conundrum? Enter the Advanced Light Source. By scanning the fruit, researchers can compare the cell structure of Honeycrisp apples with healthier varieties. More>

Inspiring a Culture of Mentorship and Networking for Women in Egypt

Lab researcher Teresa Williams recently returned from Egypt, where she and others worked to help Egyptian girls and women in STEM fields learn how mentorship and networking can further their educational pursuits and professional careers. Her visit was part of the TechWomen program. More>

Lab's Maxon Co-Authors Op-Ed on Boosting Role of Science in State Policymaking  

Associate Lab Director Mary Maxon and Bruce Alberts of UCSF wrote an editorial that promotes the use of science when developing policy at the state level, and suggests how California’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program could serve as a model for other states in the country. More>

Fleet of Automated Electric Taxis Could Deliver Environmental, Energy Benefits

Using data from more than 10 million taxi trips, Lab researchers analyzed the cost, energy, and environmental implications of a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles in Manhattan. They found that such vehicles could get the job done at a lower cost than present-day taxis while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. More>
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