December 17, 2014

1:28 PM | Laying out a seismic survey
Cutlines for a dense 3D survey at Surmont field, Alberta, Canada. Image: Google Maps.There are a number of ways to lay out sources and receivers for a 3D seismic survey. In forested areas, a designer may choose a pattern that minimizes the number of trees that need to be felled. Where land access is easier, designers may opt for a pattern that is efficient for the recording crew to deploy and pick up receivers. However, no matter what survey pattern used, most geometries consist of […]

December 16, 2014

5:00 AM | Is the Higgs Boson a Piece of the Matter-Antimatter Puzzle?
A SLAC theorist and colleagues lay out a possible way to tell if the Higgs is involved.
5:00 AM | Back to the Future with Roman Architectural Concrete
Research at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source reveals key to longevity of imperial Roman monuments.

December 15, 2014

5:00 AM | PPPL and USDA Engineers Win Patent for Pasteurizing Eggs in the Shell
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to a novel technique and device for pasteurizing eggs developed by engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

December 12, 2014

5:00 AM | Earth’s Most Abundant Mineral Finally Has A Name
A team of scientists led by Oliver Tschauner, a mineralogist at the University of Las Vegas, clarified the definition of the Earth's most abundant mineral – a high-density form of magnesium iron silicate, now called Bridgmanite – and defined estimated constraint ranges for its formation

December 11, 2014

5:46 PM | The race for useful offsets
We've been working on a 3D acquisition lately. One of the factors influencing the layout pattern of sources and receivers in a seismic survey is the range of useful offsets over the depth interval of interest. If you've got more than target depth, you'll have more than one range of useful offsets. For shallow targets this range is limited to small offsets, due to direct waves and first breaks. For deeper targets, the range is limited at far offsets by energy losses due to geometric spreading, […]

December 10, 2014

5:00 AM | Argonne, Convergent and Cummins Cooperate to Discover the Secrets of Fuel Injectors
A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has created integrated modeling of the fluid dynamics of fuel injectors in modern engines.
5:00 AM | Study May Help Slow the Spread of Flu
An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a flu antibody binds to a wide variety of flu viruses.

December 09, 2014

6:50 PM | The new open geophysics tools
The hackathon in Denver was more than 6 weeks ago. I kept thinking, "Oh, I must post a review of what went down" (beyond the quick wrap-up I did at the time), but while I'm a firm believer in procrastination six weeks seems unreasonable... Maybe it's taken this long to scrub down to the lasting lessons. Before those, I want to tell you who the teams were, what they did, and where you can find their (100% open source!) stuff. Enjoy! Geophys Wiz Andrew Pethick, Josh Poirier, Colton Kohnke, […]
5:00 AM | Underground Helium Travels to the Earth’s Surface Via Aquifers, New Study Says
Using an atom trap built at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to date the water in a deep South American aquifer, scientists tracked the rate at which helium pooled in the aquifers.
5:00 AM | World Record for Compact Particle Accelerator
Researchers at Berkeley Lab ramp up energy of laser-plasma “tabletop” accelerator.
5:00 AM | X-ray Laser Reveals How Bacterial Protein Morphs in Response to Light
A series of super-sharp snapshots demonstrates a new tool for tracking life's chemistry.

December 08, 2014

5:00 AM | The Bright Side of Arctic Clouds
For the first time, modeling research led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that atmospheric particles can brighten cold clouds in the Arctic.
5:00 AM | Unusual Electronic State Found in New Class of Unconventional Superconductors
Finding gives scientists a new group of materials to explore to unlock secrets of some materials' ability to carry current with no energy loss.

December 05, 2014

2:23 PM | Lima: A stronger role for climate risk management
By Reinhard Mechler & Thomas Schinko (IIASA) with Swenja Surminski (LSE) As participants in the 20th Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP 20) in Lima strive to prepare the grounds for a comprehensive climate agreement expected for COP 21 in Paris, negotiators face key questions that revolve around responsibility and burden sharing. These … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Atomic 'Mismatch' Creates Nano 'Dumbbells'
Researchers at Argonne National Lab are closer to understanding the process by which nanoparticles made of more than one material – called heterostructured nanoparticles – form. This process, known as heterogeneous nucleation, is the same mechanism by which beads of condensation form on a windowpane.
5:00 AM | Rattled Atoms Mimic High-temperature Superconductivity
X-ray laser experiment provides first look at changes in atomic structure that support superconductivity.

December 04, 2014

5:00 AM | Dr. Franklin Orr Confirmed as Under Secretary for Science and Energy
WASHINGTON – Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr was confirmed by the Senate on December 4, 2014 as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy.
5:00 AM | SLAC, RadiaBeam Build New Tool to Tweak Rainbows of X-ray Laser Light
The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has teamed up with Santa Monica-based RadiaBeam Systems to develop a device known as a dechirper, which will provide a new way of adjusting the range of energies within single pulses from SLAC’s X-ray laser.
5:00 AM | Searching for a Dark Light
A new experiment at Jefferson Lab is on the hunt for dark photons, hypothetical messengers of an invisible universe.

December 03, 2014

5:00 AM | Powerful New Technique Simultaneously Determines Nanomaterials' Chemical Makeup, Topography
A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Ohio University have devised a powerful technique that simultaneously resolves the chemical characterization and topography of nanoscale materials down to the height of a single atom.

December 02, 2014

3:51 PM | Home Remodeling Projects That Can Reward You At Tax Time
As anyone who has ever tackled a home renovation project knows quite well, it can be both an exciting and stressful time. Although it is nice to look forward to an updated bathroom or kitchen or new set of windows, … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | A Better Look at the Chemistry of Interfaces
New X-ray spectroscopy technique at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source being used for the study of heterogeneous interfaces.
5:00 AM | Learning the Language of Cell Life: Ames Laboratory Scientists Use Genetic Markers to Discover the Rhizosphere
A team of scientists are on the brink of creating a technology that would allow a clearer look at the entire rhizosphere system through the use of aptamers, short strands of genetic material that bind to a specific target molecule.

December 01, 2014

1:31 PM | Science that matters: Perspective from young scientists
Participants in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program 2014 bring their perspective to the question of how research connects to society. Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Optimized Algorithms Boost Combustion Research
Turbulent combustion simulations, which provide input to the design of more fuel-efficient combustion systems, have gotten their own efficiency boost, thanks to researchers from the Computational Research Division (CRD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
5:00 AM | Office of Science Salutes New AAAS Fellows
Nine researchers join a distinguished company at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

November 25, 2014

1:20 PM | It's the GGGG (giant geoscience gift guide)
I expect you've been wondering what to get me and Evan for Christmas. Wonder no more! Or, if you aren't that into Agile, I suppose other geoscientists might even like some of this stuff. If you're feeling more needy than generous, just leave this post up on a computer where people who love you will definitely see it, or print it out and mail it to everyone you know with prominent red arrows pointing to the things you like best. That's what I do. Geology in the home If there is a finer object […]
5:00 AM | On the Right Track for Tropical Clouds
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory find the cause of moisture buildup that initiates and propels the Madden-Julian Oscillation.
5:00 AM | President Obama Presents Mildred Dresselhaus with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Dr. Dresselhaus, a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT and former Director of DOE’s Office of Science who has earned numerous other accolades, including the Enrico Fermi Award, was honored as, “One of the most prominent physicists, materials scientists, and electrical engineers of her generation."
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