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)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Week Ending Dec. 15

Michael Wehner, who spoke at a press conference at this week’s AGU on the role of climate change in Hurricane Harvey, was quoted extensively, including in The New York Times, Axios, Washington Post, Huffington Post, PRI’s The World, National Geographic, and Scientific American. Other outlets that mentioned this study from the Lab are The Independent, Xinhua, Mother Jones, Grist, and the Associated Press, whose story ran widely in national media. (Dec. 13-15)

The South China Morning Post, RTHK, and Hong Kong Free Press covered the appointment of Xiang Zhang as vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. Additional coverage by SCMP is here and here. (Dec. 15)

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Jonathan Carter in an article about quantum computing. (Dec. 15)

Green Building Advisor wrote about a Lab study on cool roofs cutting water consumption, covered in a Lab release in October. (Dec. 15)

A CleanTechnica article on carbon capture & sequestration mentioned a Lab study on “fake photosynthesis.” (Dec. 15)

The UC Berkeley Cal Alumni Association’s California Magazine featured an article about fracking that mentions the Lab, the Helios Project, and the China Energy Group. Jay Keasling, Rich Muller, Ravi Prasher, and former Lab director Steven Chu are quoted. (Dec. 14)

An advertorial on winter storm power outages cited a 2016 Lab study on outages and ran in,, and dozens of other outlets across the country. (Dec. 14)

In an essay in Forbes on the role of supercomputers in the energy economy, the writer mentioned his visit to NERSC and quoted Horst Simon and Kristin Persson and linked to a Lab release on a study by Gerd Ceder. (Dec. 13)

IEEE Spectrum and The Tech News wrote about a discovery on lithium-rich batteries involving the ALS, first reported in a SLAC/Berkeley Lab release. Other sites that picked up the news include CleanTechnica, Green Car Congress, Nanowerk, and (Dec. 12)

ESnet’s release on its petascale data transfer project was picked up by InsideHPC, HPCwire, and others. (Dec. 12)

China expert Jiang Lin, speaking at an online panel on China’s energy policy, was quoted in The Squamish Chief. (Dec. 12)
Fast Company’s Co.Design and Photonics wrote about “dark fiber,” a project led by Jonathan Ajo-Franklin to use fiber optic cables as underground sensors. The project, first reported in a Lab release, was also covered in Homeland Security News Wire and Scientific Computing.  (Dec. 11)

AGU’s EOS blog reported that DOE’s NGEE-Tropics program will come to an end, according to the president’s 2018 budget and a DOE spokesperson; the article also quoted Jeff Chambers. (Dec. 11)

A Midland Daily News article cited a Lab study on how wind turbines affect property values. (Dec. 11)

InsideHPC picked up a piece from NERSC about using supercomputers to understand supernovae. (Dec. 10)

The Lab was mentioned in a Boston Globe story about recovering audio recorded by a 19th century inventor. (Dec. 8)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Week Ending Dec. 8

Hugo Destaillats was quoted in an Inside Science piece on thirdhand smoke that ran in (Dec. 8)

Marketplace radio interviewed Kristin Persson about battery research and ran a two-part series with her, one segment on lithium-ion batteries and a second on next-generation batteries. The segments ran on a number of other public radio stations as well, including WWNO in New Orleans and WVTF in Virginia. (Dec. 7)

EnvironmentGuru, LaboratoryEquipment, and others  picked up a Lab release on better gas mask filters, research by Hendrik Bluhm, Lena Trotochaud, and Ashley Head. (Dec. 7)

An article in Metro about obesity and genetics cited a Lab study. (Dec. 7)

A Lab news release on work led by Jonathan Ajo-Franklin to use fiber optic cables for detection of subsurface activity was picked up by AGU’s Geospace blog, GeologyPage, International Business Times, and others. (Dec. 6)

Dale Sartor was quoted in a article about Google buying renewable energy certificates to power its data servers. (Dec. 6)

A Lab report was cited in an article on energy efficiency in The Energy Collective. (Dec. 6)

A feature in The Atlantic about climate change and the SoCal fires cited a 2006 Lab study on the Santa Ana winds. (Dec. 6) picked up a Lab release detailing how NERSC was used in a study of how early supernovae affected star formation. (Dec. 6)

Space Daily quoted the Lab’s David Schlegel in an article about a supermassive black hole discovery. (Dec. 6)

A Nature feature article on energy innovation mentioned Cyclotron Road. (Dec. 6)

The Daily Mail quoted Lab physicist Hitoshi Murayama in an article about dark matter particles. (Dec. 5)

PV Magazine featured a study by Berkeley and Argonne labs about variable renewable energy. (Dec. 5)

CleanTechnica, Engadget, TechSpot, DesignNews, and others covered the discovery of a fast magnesium battery electrolyte, which was announced in a Lab release. Several of the articles quoted Gerd Ceder. TechNews made a short video about the news. (Dec. 4)

Proceso, a magazine in Mexico, ran an article about the National Autonomous University of Mexico building three “clean energy” buildings with participation from Lab researchers. (Dec. 4)

A Portland Press Herald article on the reliability of Maine’s electric utility cited a 2017 Lab study. (Dec. 3)

A feature article in Chemistry World about indoor air quoted Brett Singer and also cited Hugo Destaillats. (Nov. 24)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Two Weeks Ending Dec. 1

The Scientist magazine ran a profile of EESA researcher Neslihan Tas and her work studying permafrost microbes. The article also quoted Susan Hubbard. (Dec. 1)

Xinhua wrote about a Lab discovery on the atomic stripes of quantum materials, quoting Robert Kaindl. (Nov. 30)

Ann Almgren and Kathy Yelick were quoted in a Nature news feature on exascale computing. (Nov. 29)

The International Business Times, Xinhua, New Atlas, and others covered the discovery of a solid-state magnesium conductor, quoting Gerd Ceder. The coverage followed a joint Lab release with Argonne National Lab. (Nov. 29)

An article in Engadget on the search for dark matter mentioned the Lab’s LUX-ZEPLIN experiment. (Nov. 29)

The Daily Cal reported on the Lab’s project with the Sonoma County Water Agency -- the subject of a Lab release last week -- and quoted Michelle Newcomer. (Nov. 27)

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle about delays in construction of an Oakland school mentioned that one of the contractors has been indicted on fraud charges related to renovations at the Lab. (Nov. 27)

Futurism wrote about the IceCube Collaboration’s study of neutrinos and quoted Sandra Miarecki, a former Air Force test pilot and Lab affiliate. The International Business Times also ran an article as well as a video interview with Miarecki. Gizmodo and Symmetry Magazine quoted Spencer Klein in their articles. All followed a Lab release on the project. Symmetry also ran a Lab feature on Miarecki. (Nov. 23)

An opinion piece calling for the elimination of renewable energy subsidies in the Riverside Press-Enterprise by Isaac Orr of the Heartland Institute cited a statistic on renewable energy mandates attributed to the Lab. (Nov. 23)

The Jewish News of Northern California covered the visit of the Israeli Minister of Science & Technology to the Bay Area, including to the Lab, and his effort to lure expats home. (Nov. 22)

The Daily Cal wrote about two postdocs -- Aaron Meisner and Liang Wu, both also affiliated with Berkeley Lab -- named to Forbes’ “30 under 30 in Science” list. (Nov. 21) and the East Bay Times, as well as many local TV stations, reported the mountain lion sighting at the Lab. (Nov. 20)

Spencer Klein was quoted in a Futurism article about measurements from CERN. (Nov. 18) featured an article, based on a University of Toronto press release, that mentions the Molecular Foundry. Berkeley Lab also featured an adapted version of this release. (Nov. 21)