April 25, 2015

8:54 AM | Audi announced the production of first liters of the Audi e-diesel
Audi has announced the production of first liters of the Audi e-diesel in collaboration with Sunfire, a Dresden (Germany) based cleantech company. The production technology is known as ‘Power to Liquid’ and requires only carbon di oxide and water to make diesel. The synthesis of Audi e-diesel involves the high temperature electrolysis of water. The resulting hydrogen further reacts with carbon di oxide to produce a liquid called ‘Blue Crude’ made up of long chain […]
2:17 AM | LanzaTech gets approval of China Steel Corporation for investment in commercial facility
China Steel Corporation has finally approved $ 46M USD capital investment in LanzaTech for the development of commercial facility of 17 million gallon production capacity. The construction of the facility will start in the fourth quarter of this year and the plan is to scale it up to 34 million gallon afterwards. China Steel Corporation is the biggest steelmaker company of Taiwan. This move has come after LanzaTech has successfully demonstrated its Gas Fermentation Technology’s ability to […]

April 24, 2015

4:00 PM | Georgetown To Be First City In Texas To Go To 100% Renewable Energy
Georgetown, Texas plans to be the first city in the State to go completely green, with an aim toward getting 100% of its energy from renewable sources, namely solar and wind power. Through a 25-year deal with SunEdison, the city … Continue reading →
4:00 AM | Ames Laboratory Scientists Create Cheaper Magnetic Material for Cars, Wind Turbines
Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.
4:00 AM | X-ray Study May Aid in Designing Better Blood Pressure Drugs
An experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has revealed in atomic detail how a hypertension drug binds to a cellular receptor that plays a key role in regulating blood pressure. The results could help scientists design new drugs that better control blood pressure while limiting side effects.
4:00 AM | ORNL Reports Method That Takes Quantum Sensing to New Level
Thermal imaging, microscopy and ultra-trace sensing could take a quantum leap with a technique developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

April 23, 2015

4:00 AM | NERSC, Cray Move Forward With Next-Generation Scientific Computing
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and Cray Inc. announced today that they have finalized a new contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer that will be the first NERSC system installed in the newly built Computational Research and Theory facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
4:00 AM | Extreme Cold and Shipwreck Lead
Scientists have proven the concept of the CUORE experiment, which will study neutrinos with the world’s coldest detector and ancient lead.
4:00 AM | Scientists at Brookhaven National Lab Use Nanoscale Building Blocks and DNA 'Glue' to Shape 3D Superlattices
New approach to designing ordered composite materials for possible energy applications.

April 22, 2015

8:09 AM | New study suggests soon softwoods to have Easier-to-Process Lignin
New Study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences proves that engineering can make it possible for softwoods to have easier-to-process lignin which is a characteristic of hardwoods. Lignin is made up of G and S monomers of binding molecules. While the lignin present in  hardwoods contains both the  monomers, the softwood lignin is made up of only G monomer. As the S monomer is responsible for easy degradation of lignin, its absence is responsible for hard […]
4:00 AM | ICARUS Neutrino Experiment to Move to Fermilab
A group of scientists led by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia will transport the world's largest liquid-argon neutrino detector across the Atlantic Ocean to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

April 21, 2015

4:00 AM | Mu2e Breaks Ground on Experiment
This weekend, members of the Mu2e collaboration dug their shovels into the ground of Fermilab's Muon Campus for the experiment that will search for the direct conversion of a muon into an electron in the hunt for new physics.

April 20, 2015

4:00 AM | Unlocking Cloud Gridlock
Researchers at PNNL developed a new way for global climate and weather forecasting models to represent cumulus clouds, accounting for updrafts and downdrafts in a manner that is far more accurate, regardless of the scale of the model.
4:00 AM | INCITE Seeking Proposals to Advance Science and Engineering at U.S. Leadership Computing Facilities
The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program’s open call for proposals from April 15 to June 26 provides an opportunity for researchers to make transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility centers.
4:00 AM | Champions in Science Whose Stars Are Still Rising: Profile of Paco Jain, National Science Bowl Champion 1998
For the run up to the 2015 National Science Bowl Finals April 30th to May 4th, this story is part of a series of profiles on previous National Science Bowl competitors and champions.

April 17, 2015

5:33 AM | European Union to cap first generation biofuels
The deal to cap the amount of first generation biofuels upto 7% in the transportation fuel mix in European Union has come a step closer as the 52 members of the Environment Committee of the EU parliament has voted in its favour while there were only 12 members voted against it. Now the full house during the 27-30 April plenary session will vote on the text of the agreement in Strasbourg. This will make the road clear for member states […] The post European Union to cap first generation […]
4:00 AM | The Softer Side of Control Without Clumping or Capping
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) found that creating bare, two-metal particles provides insights into potential substitutes for costly platinum in fuel cell catalysts.
4:00 AM | Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment
Scientists with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that mimics the natural photosynthetic process by which plants use the energy in sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water.

April 16, 2015

9:10 AM | Towards a Catholic North America in 2062?
What will the future landscape of religion look like in North America? IIASA demographer Anne Goujon describes the results from a new set of projections accounting for different assumptions about fertility, conversion and secularization rates, and migration Continue reading →
4:00 AM | AMS Results Create Cosmic Ray Puzzle
New results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment disagree with current models that describe the origin and movement of the high-energy particles called cosmic rays.
4:00 AM | Packing Heat: New Fluid Makes Untapped Geothermal Energy Cleaner
More American homes could be powered by the earth's natural underground heat with a new, nontoxic and potentially recyclable liquid that is expected to use half as much water as other fluids used to tap into otherwise unreachable geothermal hot spots.

April 15, 2015

4:00 AM | Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Construction Begins
On April 14th a group gathered in northern Chile to participate in a traditional stone-laying ceremony. The ceremony marks the beginning of construction for a telescope that will use the world’s largest digital camera to take the most thorough survey ever of the Southern sky.
4:00 AM | Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Smashes Record for Polarized Proton Luminosity at 200 GeV Collision Energy
Electron lenses and other accelerator improvements keep beams focused and compact to maximize collision rates and scientific productivity.
4:00 AM | Electrolyte Genome Could Be Battery Game-Changer
Berkeley Lab project for computational screening of molecules could accelerate electrolyte discovery.

April 14, 2015

4:00 AM | X-ray Ptychography, Fluorescence Microscopy Combo Sheds New Light on Trace Elements
Scientists using the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new approach that combines ptychographic X-ray imaging and fluorescence microscopy to study the important role trace elements play in biological functions on hydrated cells.
4:00 AM | Long-Sought Magnetic Mechanism Observed in Exotic Hybrid Materials
The elusive quantum phenomenon—called van Vleck magnetism—may allow scientists to manipulate topological insulators and engineer new electronics.
4:00 AM | On the Road to Spin-orbitronics
Berkeley Lab researchers find new way to manipulate magnetic domain walls; results that could one day revolutionize the electronics industry.

April 13, 2015

4:00 AM | Mapping the Cosmos: Dark Energy Survey Creates Detailed Guide to Spotting Dark Matter
Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos that will help scientists understand the role that dark matter plays in galaxy formation.
4:00 AM | Atmospheric Rivers, Finely Modeled
PNNL scientists are helping global climate models more accurately predict the movement of atmospheric rivers, which carry as much as 90 percent of the world’s moisture from the tropics to the poles.
4:00 AM | Bacteria Tracked Feeding Nitrogen to Nutrient-Starved Plants
An international team of researchers, including three from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, measured accelerated growth in plants colonized by bacteria that pull nitrogen from the air and release it into soil.
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