February 27, 2015

5:00 AM | Office of Science Salutes New IEEE Fellows
Two researchers join a distinguished company at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
5:00 AM | SLAC-led Research Team Bends Highly Energetic Electron Beam with Crystal
An international team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has demonstrated that a bent silicon crystal can bend the paths of focused, very energetic electron beams much more than magnets used today.

February 26, 2015

5:00 AM | A New X-Ray Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging
This groundbreaking instrument at Brookhaven National Lab, designed to deliver a suite of unprecedented x-ray imaging capabilities for the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe (HXN) beamline, brings researchers one step closer to the ultimate goal of nanometer resolution at NSLS-II, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility.
5:00 AM | First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface
Berkeley Lab researchers link rising CO2 levels from fossil fuels to an upward trend in radiative forcing at two locations.

February 25, 2015

4:59 PM | Why are oil prices so low and what does it mean for alt energy?
Oil prices are lower than they have been in 4 years, but what has changed lately?  At first glance, not much in the big picture: no big new reserves have been found or really cheap ways to extract & process … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Retracing the Roots of Fungal Symbioses
Scientists at the Joint Genome Institute provide more insight into how plants and fungi develop symbiotic relationships.

February 24, 2015

5:00 AM | To Understand Heat Transfer, ORNL Team Takes Unprecedented Neutron Images of Refrigerant Flow Through Heat Exchangers
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured undistorted snapshots of refrigerants flowing through small heat exchangers, helping to further elucidate characteristics of heat transfer.
5:00 AM | Dendrite Eraser: New Electrolyte Rids Batteries of Short-circuiting Fibers
PNNL physicists have developed a new electrolyte that allows lithium-sulfur, lithium-metal and lithium-air batteries to operate at 99 percent efficiency, while having a high current density and without growing dendrites that short-circuit rechargeable batteries.

February 23, 2015

5:00 AM | Speeding Up the Epochs
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a new model that quickly shows if and when minerals form, which could be vital to creating cleaner energy.

February 20, 2015

5:00 AM | Searching for Signs of a Force from the 'Dark Side' in Particle Collisions at RHIC
Data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and other experiments nearly rule out role of 'dark photons' as an explanation for the 'g-2' anomaly.
5:00 AM | Semiconductor Works Better When Hitched to Graphene
Experiments at SLAC show potential for graphene-based organic electronic devices.
5:00 AM | Shape-shifting Groups of Nanorods Release Heat Differently
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have revealed previously unobserved behaviors that show how details of the transfer of heat at the nanoscale cause nanoparticles to change shape in ensembles.

February 19, 2015

10:17 AM | Interview: Outside the castle walls
IIASA Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases researcher Fabian Wagner is spending a year at Princeton University as a visiting professor. We caught up with him to find out what he's working on. Continue reading →

February 18, 2015

4:48 PM | Fake Checks Are Being Sent To Unsuspecting Victims
People from across the country have been receiving surprise packages with suspicious looking checks inside.  Usually, the checks are for the amount of $2,570 and are made out to the person that lives at the address where the check was … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Bigger Steps
Berkeley Lab researchers develop algorithm to make simulation of ultrafast processes possible.
5:00 AM | Sugar and Splice
Oak Ridge National Lab researchers identify genes best suited for producing biofuel from poplar trees planted in different environments.

February 17, 2015

1:14 PM | You will miss the river when it runs dry: Water governance at the U.S. – Mexico border
Luzma Fabiola Nava, an IIASA Colosio Fellow, on the challenges of water governance at the U.S. – Mexico border. Continue reading →

February 16, 2015

1:21 PM | Seal Your Home To Save Money On Your Energy Bill
Cold winter weather and hot summer sunshine mean high heating and cooling bills. New homeowners may be especially surprised at the utility bills as they experience the seasons for the first time in their new home. Fortunately, there are plenty … Continue reading →

February 12, 2015

6:26 PM | ERCOT Releases The 2014 Breakdown Of Electricity Generation In Texas
Just 10 years ago, the majority of electricity generated in Texas was derived from the burning of coal. Since then, the state has taken great strides to diversify away from the high carbon-emitting energy source. The electricity production numbers are … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Scientists Get First Glimpse of a Chemical Bond Being Born
Scientists have used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a weak bond on the way to becoming a molecule.
5:00 AM | Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures
Berkeley Lab study reveals key details in formation of S-layer nanosheets.

February 11, 2015

8:24 AM | A long road ahead on risk-sensitive development in Madagascar
IIASA researcher Junko Mochizuki brings an on-the-ground view of risk-sensitive development in Madagascar. Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Scientists Take First X-ray Portraits of Living Bacteria at the LCLS
Researchers working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the first X-ray portraits of living bacteria. This technique could allow the study of viral infections, cell division, and photosynthesis in new detail.
5:00 AM | Smashing Polarized Protons to Uncover Spin and Other Secrets
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider starts 15th year of nuclear physics operations.

February 10, 2015

5:00 AM | Flipping the Switch
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are collaborating with industry to develop a high-performance material that nearly doubles the performance of traditional insulators without a high cost premium.
5:00 AM | New Design Tool for Metamaterials
Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have shown, using a recent theory for nonlinear light scattering when light passes through nanostructures, that it is possible to predict the nonlinear optical properties of metamaterials.
5:00 AM | Targeting Tumors with Particle Beams
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are each announcing the selection of several new research awards to advance particle beam therapies for the treatment of cancer.

February 09, 2015

9:00 AM | A futuristic view of farming
Precision farming, cultured meat, and genetic modification. Which technologies make the most sense for future agriculture? Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Office of Science FY 2016 Budget Request: High Energy Physics (HEP), Nuclear Physics (NP), and Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
The High Energy Physics (HEP) program strives to advance our understanding of how the universe works at its most fundamental level. The mission of the Nuclear Physics (NP) program is to discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter. The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program advances the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperatures and densities and builds the scientific foundations needed to develop a fusion energy source.

February 06, 2015

5:00 AM | Direct Measurement of Key Molecule Will Increase Accuracy of Combustion Models
Sandia National Laboratories researchers are the first to directly measure hydroperoxyalkyl radicals — a class of reactive molecules denoted as “QOOH” — that are key in the chain of reactions that controls the early stages of combustion.
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