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Seven Big Ideas – Science at the Theater

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presents Seven Big Ideas – 8 new episodes from the popular Science at the Theater series.

The first episode, Seven Big Ideas, features seven Berkeley lab scientists who have eight minutes each to introduce their revolutionary projects to the audience.

Meet Blake Simmons, who has been working on a plan to replace a barrel of oil with plants and microbes. But not just one barrel of oil, he says, his idea is intended to replace all the barrels of oil that keep countries all over the world moving.

He explains that oil produces many products for our carbon economy, such as gasoline, diesel, polymers and more. In order to undo our reliance on oil we have to find substitutes for all of these different products that the oil produces.

Watch “Seven Big Ideas” to hear about his plan to make replacing oil affordable and sustainable, as well as other game changing ideas from Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Bill Jagust, and more!

See what other episodes are in the Science at the Theater series!

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The Future of Light

The lights are about to dim on the UCTV Prime series “Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery,” but not before we present the fourth and final episode, “The Future of Light.”

Look at some of the research taking place at UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, get a preview of what the future holds when it comes to lighting and power use and discover how Professor Nakamura’s work continues to affect the world.

Watch “The Future of Light — Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery.” If you missed the first three episodes, catch up at the series website.

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Lights in the Darkness — Lighting the World

We take light for granted, yet more than two billion people in the world go through their entire lives without reliable lighting.

But that’s changing, thanks in part to the brilliant discovery of UC Santa Barbara’s Shuji Nakamura.

UCTV Prime‘s new four-part series, Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery, made possible by UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, tells the story of Nakamura’s determined effort to develop the white LED and the revolution in lighting that his discovery has brought to the world.

In the first short episode, “Lights in the Darkness,”  John Bowers of UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency describes the impact that lack of reliable lighting has on people’s lives. But he also shines some hope on the situation by showing how the use of highly efficient white LED, discovered by Shuji Nakamura, is proving to be a feasible and economical solution.

Watch “Lights in the Darkness” now and stay tuned this Friday (March 1) for the second installment of Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery.

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Global Energy Industry Insights and Solutions with Amy Jaffe

One of the world’s leading global energy and oil industry experts, Amy Jaffe now serves as UC Davis’ Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability.

Jaffe recently sat down for an in-depth conversation with UC Davis Graduate School of Management Dean Steven Currall about current energy issues, trends and even solutions.

Watch Global Energy Industry Insights and Solutions with Amy Jaffe, online now.

You’ll find even more knowledgable guests and fascinating conversations at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management series page.

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Hot Stuff, Cool Science

UC Merced researchers discovered that hollow cylindrical luminescent solar concentrators, bottom, are more efficient than traditional flat panel concentrators.

There’s nothing more uncomfortable than getting into a piping hot car that’s been sitting in the sun for hours. Would it help to know that at least some of that heat was generating energy for you?

That’s what the UC Merced researchers in the latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts are working on and it’s a pretty cool way to make the sun’s energy work for you.

As you’ll see in the video, the research team has redesigned luminescent solar concentrators to be more efficient at sending sunlight to solar cells, allowing for much less cost-prohibitive solar panels to be used in new places — like the windows of your car while it bakes in the sun.

Check it out… yay science!

Solar Concentrators – UCTV Prime Cuts

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