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Throwing a Lifeline to Scientists Drowning in Data
7.31.13 New computational techniques developed at Berkeley Lab may help save scientists from drowning in their own data. Computational scientists at the Lab have figured out how to streamline the analysis of enormous scientific datasets using a new method called Distributed Merge Trees.

ESnet's OSCARS System Wins R&D 100 Award
7.08.13 OSCARS, the On-demand Secure Circuits and Reservation System, was honored with a 2013 R&D100 Award. ESnet, led the development of OSCARS, which is a software service that creates dedicated bandwidth channels for scientists who need to move massive, time-critical data sets around the world.

Thriving Tundra Bushes Add Fuel to Northern Thaw
6.28.13 Carbon-gobbling plants are normally allies in the fight to slow climate change, but in the frozen north, the effects of thriving vegetation may actually push temperatures higher.

Development of Advanced Materials Get Boost
6.24.13 The Materials Project—an open-access Google-like database for materials research developed by Berkeley Lab and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—is working with Intermolecular, Inc. to enhance the tool's modeling capabilities and thus accelerate the speed of new material development by tenfold or more over conventional approaches. New materials are key to addressing challenges in energy, healthcare and national security. The Materials Project is hosted on the NERSC's Science Gateway.

Unusual Supernova Is Actually Perfectly Normal
6.19.13 August 2011 saw the dazzling appearance of the closest and brightest Type Ia supernova since Type Ia's were established as "standard candles" for measuring the expansion of the universe. Labeled SN 2011fe, the supernova was caught by the Palomar Transient Factory less than 12 hours after it exploded in the Pinwheel Galaxy with help from supercomputers and networks at NERSC and ESnet. Now, astronomers are using it to build a benchmark atlas for normal Type Ia's.

Emission Regulations Reduced Impact of Climate Change in California
6.13.13 A first-of-its-kind study examing the impact of black carbon on California's climate found that reductions in emissions of black carbon since the late 1980s resulted in a measurable reduction of concentrations of warming pollutants in the atmosphere. The study ran simulations on NERSC's Hopper system.

Moving Computer Services to the Cloud Promises Significant Energy Savings
6.11.13 A six-month study led by Berkeley Lab with funding from Google has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year.

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