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New bionic leaf could solve solar energy storage problem

Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing a new bionic leaf that can convert energy from sunlight into an energy-dense fuel, imitating the photosynthetic process of plants. We’ve covered the artificial leaf concept before……

Berkeley scientists announce graphene breakthrough that will lead to ‘the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells’

A team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has just announced a new breakthrough in the field of graphene research, leading to the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells, computers and other advanced technologies. Graphene, a new material…  …

Berkeley energy lab plans big expansion

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said it will expand beyond its 200-acre Berkeley, California, campus with a 90-acre site in neighboring Richmond, California, hoping to ride gains in U.S. government energy research funding. A new 300,000 square foot building will consolidate into one site the satellite…

Newly discovered molecules in atmosphere may offset global warming

A newly discovered form of chemical intermediary in the atmosphere has the ability to remove pollutants in a way that leads to cloud-formation and could potentially help offset global warming. The existence of these so-called Criegee biradicals, which are formed when ozone reacts with a certain class of organic compounds,…

Nature of universe is still a mystery to Nobel winners

WASHINGTON — They won the Nobel Prize for changing our understanding of the universe, but their discovery left an even larger mystery — what is this dark energy that is propelling the universe to expand so fast? US astronomer Saul Perlmutter, 52, and his one-time competitors Adam Riess and Brian…

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