November 15, 2002

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  A future without power lines?

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Fuel cell electrodes built with stainless steel are stronger, easier to manufacture, and cheaper than ceramic electrodes. This new kind of solid oxide fuel cell could generate electricity as cheaply as the most efficient gas turbine. On-site, pollution-free electricity from fuel cells could serve neighborhoods and industry without the need for long-distance power lines.

Slow wetting in a hot bath

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The standard equation for how a drop of liquid wets a solid surface doesn't work when the liquid is molten metal and the surface is hot. Why not? It's been a mystery for 200 years. Now Berkeley Lab researchers have been awarded $50,000 for discovering the answer. A hint: ridges riffle running metal.

Crops suffer as climate changes

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Total annual precipitation and extreme precipitation events, like blizzards and tropical storms, are steadily on the increase. As the climate changes, precipitation will increase even more. Over the next 30 years crop damage could double in the nation's Corn Belt, adding an additional $3 billion a year to the cost of agriculture.

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A remarkable protein structures chromosomes and regulates gene expression, cell by cell.

Fifteen states lead in making clean energy competitive.

The Berkeley Lamp lights up the Golden Gate.

With a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers watch the water molecules dance.

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