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Hank Childs Wins 2012 DOE Early Career Award

May 10, 2012

Hank Childs of the Computational Research Division’s Visualization Group has been honored with a 2012 DOE Early Career Award. Read More »

Floating Robots Track Water Flow, Stream Data via Smartphones

May 9, 2012

Two-thirds of the water in California passes through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, providing drinking water for 22 million Californians and supporting agriculture valued at tens of billions of dollars. Read More »

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After 5 Years, NERSC’s Franklin Retires

May 4, 2012

This week, the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) retired one of its most scientifically prolific supercomputers to date—a Cray XT4 named Franklin, in honor of the United States’ pioneering scientist Benjamin Franklin. Read More »

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John Bell Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2012

BERKELEY, Calif. – John Bell, an applied mathematician and computational scientist who leads the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering and the Mathematics and Computational Science Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read More »

Albany, Berkeley High School Girls Present Apps Developed in Lab-Supported Program

April 30, 2012

Eleven teams of high school girls who have been meeting with mentors at Berkeley Lab since February to develop science education apps for smartphones gave their best pitches for their work Saturday, with a team from Albany High taking top honors for StudiCafe, an app aimed at helping students study for college-level Advanced Placement courses with social networking added to maintain interest. Read More »

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A 100-Gigabit Highway for Science

April 30, 2012

Climate researchers are producing some of the fastest growing datasets in science. Five years ago, the amount of information generated for the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report was 35 terabytes—equivalent to the amount of text in 35 million books, occupying a bookshelf 248 miles (399 km) long. By 2014, when the next IPCC report is published, experts predict that 2 petabytes of data will have been generated for it—that’s a 580 percent increase in data production. Read More »

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Visualizing Processes That Lead to “Cracks” in the Earth’s Cocoon

April 30, 2012

The Sun makes all life on Earth possible. Among its many life-sustaining functions, this star regulates our climate and provides an unlimited source of energy. The Earth is also electromagnetically connected to the Sun, and this relationship exposes our planet to violent solar storms. Unlike Earth, Sun’s atmosphere is not contained but blows across our solar system, a phenomenon called solar wind, which consists of charged particles and an embedded magnetic field. Read More »

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Eli Dart Tackles ESnet's Science DMZ

April 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, provides reliable high-bandwidth network services to thousands of researchers tackling some of the most pressing scientific and engineering problems, such as finding new sources of clean energy, increasing energy efficiency, understanding climate change, developing new materials for industry and discovering the nature of our universe. To support these research endeavors, ESnet connects scientists at more than 40 DOE sites with… Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Hosts Albany High Students on Job Shadow Day

April 27, 2012

For the fourth year in a row, Berkeley Lab staff hosted juniors from Albany High School as part of the school's annual Job Shadow Day. The event matches students with mentors in areas of interest specified by the students. Read More »

Berkeley Lab-led Institute to Help Solve Data-intensive Science Challenges

March 29, 2012

As scientists around the world address some of society’s biggest challenges, they increasingly rely on tools ranging from powerful supercomputers to one-of-a-kind experimental facilities to dedicated high-bandwidth research networks. But whether they are investigating cleaner sources of energy, studying how to treat diseases, improve energy efficiency, understand climate change or address environmental issues, the scientists all face a common problem: massive amounts of data which must be stored, shared, analyzed and understood. And the amount of data continues to grow – scientists who already are falling behind are in danger of being engulfed by massive datasets. Read More »