Friday, January 19, 2018

Week Ending Jan. 19

Green Car Congress covered a Lab release on a study on lithium-sulfur batteries, quoting Brett Helms. (Jan. 19)

Jens Birkholzer is mentioned as a collaborator in an E&P Magazine brief on a DOE grant to WildHorse for a field study on oil recovery. (Jan. 19)

Jens Birkholzer is quoted in KPCC and Los Angeles Daily News items on a new state-commissioned report on California’s natural gas infrastructure, which the Lab was a main contributor to. (Jan. 18)

Fuel Cells Work and Daily Energy Insider mentioned the Lab as a collaborator on a hydrogen fuel study led by LLNL and Notre Dame University. (Jan. 18)

The Sacramento News & Review took a deep dive into seawater desalination, focusing on an LLNL researcher but also quoting Peter Fiske and mentioning the Lab’s Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute. (Jan. 18)

Green Car Congress wrote about two DOE initiatives, HPC4Mobility and Big Data for Solutions for Mobility, which both involve the Lab. (Jan. 18)

Greentech Media ran a story about an NREL-led project on electrification, mentioning the Lab as a partner. (Jan. 17)

Xinhua, R&D Magazine, and others covered a Lab release on x-ray studies of an exotic material with potential for a new form of data storage, some quoting Elke Arenholz and Ramamoorthy Ramesh. (Jan. 16)

A Forbes article on the power used by bitcoin mining cited and linked to a Lab report on energy use by data centers. (Jan. 16)

The Economic Times of India cited a 2012 Lab study in an article on wind energy. (Jan. 16)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Week Ending Jan. 12

Green Car Congress picked up a DOE release announcing seven projects to advance high performance computing in manufacturing, including one project involving the Lab. (Jan. 12)

Newsweek and CNN covered a Lab release on “ingredients for life” found in two meteorites that crashed to Earth in 1998, quoting David Kilcoyne of the Advanced Light Source. There was widespread coverage of the result in international media, including Space Daily, Yahoo en Español, La Opinión, the Albanian Times, and Tutto News and Panorama of Italy. (Jan. 11)

A Wired magazine article focusing on liquid xenon supplies for dark matter experiments like LUX-ZEPLIN extensively quotes Gil (Murdock) Gilchriese. (Jan. 11)

A Science Magazine piece on DOE’s efforts to build a quantum computer quotes Wibe de Jong and Irfan Siddiqi. (Jan. 10)

A CleanTechnica column on U.S. renewable energy research highlights an NREL-led electrification study in which the Lab is a collaborator. (Jan. 10)

An InsideHPC item announced that two Lab projects -- Celeste and Galactos -- won Hyperion Research’s 2017 HPC Innovation Excellence Awards for “the outstanding application of HPC for business and scientific achievements.” (Jan. 9)

HPCWire reported on Steven Chu being selected president of AAAS. (Jan. 9)

An HPCWire column on growing momentum for exascale computing in the U.S. mentions Cori as a “pre-exascale” system. (Jan. 9)

Evan Mills’ 2012 study on electricity use by indoor marijuana operations is cited in a Huffington Post article, which ran widely in Canadian media. (Jan. 9)

Tanja Woyke of the Joint Genome Institute is mentioned in an article in The Atlantic on finding missing branches in the tree of life. (Jan. 8)

Gerd Ceder is quoted in a TechRadar article on solid-state batteries. (Jan. 6)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Two Weeks Ending Jan. 5

A Lab news release on a study led by Trent Northen on biocrusts was picked up by ScienceCodex, ScienceNewsline, and several other sites. (Jan. 5)

HPCWire ran an article from Computing Sciences on uncovering new characteristics of diamonds. (Jan. 5)

InsideHPC featured videos of Michael Wehner and Prahbat speaking at the 2017 Intel HPC Developer Conference on deep learning for science. (Jan. 5)

Professional Builder quoted Iain Walker in an article on a new ASTM standard for range hood pollutant removal developed at the Lab. (Jan. 4)

An article in the Bennington Banner mentions an agreement for Lab scientists to advise Vermont’s Public Utilities Commission on renewable energy programs. (Jan. 4)

A LiveScience piece on phone batteries in cold weather cites Stephen Harris’ battery website. (Jan. 4)

Gizmodo quotes Alan Poon in an article about measuring atomic masses. (Jan. 4)

An article in IndiaToday about pollution from cookstoves cites a study from the Lab on stove emissions. (Jan. 4)

A Vice News story linking extreme weather to climate change mentioned a recent Lab study on Hurricane Harvey. (Jan. 3)

A Utility Dive story on renewables cited a 2017 Lab report on state renewables portfolio standards. (Jan. 3)

An article at about renewable energy mentions an agreement between a Vermont commission and the Lab. (Jan. 3)

Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, Shan Dou, and Nate Lindsey appeared on an ABC7 (KGO TV) News segment about their research using dark fiber to study earthquakes and other subsurface activity. The segment was syndicated in several other outlets, including KCRG in Iowa, KAKE in Kansas, and WATE in Tennessee.  The coverage resulted from a Lab news release last month. (Jan. 2)

Civil+Structural Engineer ran a Lab release on an exascale computing project to study earthquakes. (Jan. 1)

CleanTechnica mentioned EGS Collab, a Lab-led geothermal project, in an article on DOE’s spending on geothermal research. (Jan. 1)

Chemical & Engineering News reported on the recent research on lithium-rich battery electrodes involving scientists from the ALS, Molecular Foundry, and SLAC. (Jan. 1) Forbes ran a column on the same study. (Dec. 23) The Lab’s version of the release is here.

Michael Wehner spoke to BBC News about the cold snap in the U.S. (Dec. 31)

Nikit Abhyankar is quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the energy and climate implications of air conditioner growth in India. (Dec. 29)

The Aug. 2 fire that led to a partial evacuation of the Lab was listed as one of Berkeleyside’s biggest stories of 2017. (Dec. 29)

David Schlegel is quoted in a story on on the discovery of the most distant quasar ever. (Dec. 29)

Hector Garcia Martin is mentioned as a collaborator in a Green Car Congress story on a DOE grant for biofuels to Washington University in St. Louis. (Dec. 29)

A Newsday article highlights the top discoveries of the year from Brookhaven Lab and notes Berkeley Lab involvement in researching catalysts. (Dec. 29)

The Central Valley Business Times reported on the launch of a new project to study climate’s effects on California’s water systems involving the Lab, Livermore Lab, and five UC campuses. (Dec. 29)

An opinion piece in the Regina Leader-Post in Saskatchewan, Canada, about coal tech mentions Jiang Lin and his participation in a webinar about China energy. (Dec. 26)

The Daily Galaxy discusses Eisenhower and “Big Science” and credits Ernest Lawrence with userhing in “the era of academic Big Science.” (Dec. 26)

EE Times wrote about a study led by Xiang Zhang on a molecular-sized shape-changing memory technology. (Dec. 26)

Futurity ran a McGill University release on a study of algae fossils and photosynthesis, which notes Lab participation in the study. (Dec. 25)

Forbes wrote about Lab-involved research of lithium-rich battery components. (Dec. 23)

Green Car Congress wrote about a Lab study led by Akash Narani on a predictive model to optimize biomass blends. (Dec. 22)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Week Ending Dec. 21

Several science publications named the observation of two colliding neutron stars as among the top science stories of 2017, including Science magazine, Scientific American, Cosmos, and The Lab release on the discovery featured Daniel Kasen and Peter Nugent (though the articles above do not mention the Lab). Science magazine’s runners-up for top science stories include cryoEM, coherent neutrino detection, and CRISPR, all of which had major contributions by the Lab. (Dec. 21)

Marca Doeff and Gerd Ceder are quoted in an article by The Verge on old iPhone batteries. (Dec. 21)

Eurasia Review mentioned the Lab as a contributor (Patrick Shih) to a study published in the journal Geology on the origins of photosynthesis. (Dec. 21)

An International Business Times article about the use of a neutron star merger to test gravity and dark energy theories – based on a Lab press release – quoted the Lab’s Miguel Zumalacárregui. The release was also picked up by Eurasia Review, The Daily Galaxy and the Ibero-American League of Astronomy. The American Physical Society featured a viewpoint about the study. (Dec. 19)

ScienceCodex and other blogs picked up a news release from JGI on a study led by Asaf Levy on plant microbiomes. (Dec. 19)

Smithsonian Magazine and the German news magazines Der Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about the Lab’s dark fiber research, quoting Jonathan Ajo-Franklin and Shan Dou. His grad student, Nate Lindsey, recorded an audio interview that ran as a podcast in Scientific American. A brief ran in Science magazine. The research was covered in a Lab release. (Dec. 18)

A Forbes column about vehicle-to-grid technology mentioned software created by the Lab. (Dec. 18)

A SpaceDaily article highlighted a Lab feature story about mock galaxies and universe simulations prepared for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), quoting the Lab’s Stephen Bailey. (Dec. 18)

Charged EV Magazine wrote about the discovery of a new solid-state conductor for magnesium batteries, quoting Gerd Ceder. The work was announced in a joint release with Argonne. (Dec. 18)

Berkeleyside wrote about the Lab planning for a mass evacuation drill. (Dec. 18)

ArsTechnica wrote about Michael Wehner’s study on climate change and Hurricane Harvey. (Dec. 17)

CleanTechnica featured an article about a partnership between SoCalGas and UC Irvine and cited a Lab study on solar and wind energy. The same report, based on a SoCalGas press release, was also picked up by,, and other sites. (Dec. 16)