January 27, 2015

8:00 AM | Interview: Aquatic invaders and ecological networks
In an interview, IIASA 2014 Peccei Award Winner Danielle Haak, a participant in the 2014 Young Scientists Summer Program, talks about her research on aquatic invasive species and ecosystem resilience. Continue reading →
5:00 AM | New Pathway of Valleytronics
A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is “valleytronics,” in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors.

January 26, 2015

5:00 AM | How Ionic: Scaffolding is in Charge of Calcium Carbonate Crystals
Using a powerful microscope that lets researchers see the formation of crystals in real time, a team led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that negatively charged molecules — such as carbohydrates found in the shells of mollusks — control where, when, and how calcium carbonate forms.
5:00 AM | Office of Science Salutes New APS Fellows
Thirty-two researchers from DOE national labs are elected as American Physical Society Fellows.

January 22, 2015

2:04 PM | Oncor Proposes Battery Storage for Texas Electricity Grid
Texas’s transmission and distribution utility, Oncor, which manages the largest power line network in Texas, has proposed an infrastructure upgrade plan to invest 5.2 billion dollars in a network of large storage batteries that will be connected to the power … Continue reading →
1:53 PM | Saving Multiple ‘Greens': Affordable Nanotechnology For Eco-Generators
When we think of nanotechnology (if we think of it at all), it’s usually in relation to our understanding of lightweight spacecrafts or the latest set of golf clubs to hit the market. And while many of us may not … Continue reading →

January 21, 2015

5:00 AM | Pinpointing the Magnetic Moments of Nuclear Matter
Using supercomputing resources at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), a team of nuclear physicists has made a key discovery in its quest to shed light on the structure and behavior of subatomic particles.
5:00 AM | Screening Plants for Potential Natural Products the New Fashioned Way
Contrary to conventional wisdom, an international collaboration of scientists led by Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrated that cultures of plants grown in labs show sufficient biodiversity to be used for natural product screening.
5:00 AM | Self-Assembled Nanotextures Create Antireflective Surface on Silicon Solar Cells
Nanostructured surface textures—with shapes inspired by the structure of moths' eyes—prevent the reflection of light off silicon, improving conversion of sunlight to electricity.

January 20, 2015

5:00 AM | Self-destructive Effects of Magnetically-doped Ferromagnetic Topological Insulators
Research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and published in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed extreme disorder in a fundamental property of the surface electrons known as the "Dirac mass."
5:00 AM | 20-ton Magnet Heads to New York
A superconducting magnet begins its journey from SLAC laboratory in California to Brookhaven Lab in New York.

January 19, 2015

2:53 PM | Global carbon taxation: a back of the envelope calculation
How much should a carbon tax cost in order to spur climate mitigation policies? IIASA researchers and colleagues provide a back-of-the-enveloped calculation Continue reading →

January 16, 2015

5:00 AM | Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery
Naomi Ginsberg, a faculty chemist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, led a team that used a unique form of microscopy to study the domain interfaces within an especially high-performing solution-processed organic semiconductor called TIPS-pentacene.

January 14, 2015

5:00 AM | Dark Horse of the Dark Matter Hunt
Scientists on ADMX – short for the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment, which is supported by the Office of Science and the National Science Foundation – are searching for hypothetical particles called axions. The axion is a dark matter candidate that is also a bit of a dark horse.

January 13, 2015

7:31 PM | BECCS keeps on truckin’ in IL
A quick update on ADM’s Illinois ethanol plant w/ carbon capture and storage (previously discussed here): ADM Carbon Capture Reaches 1 Million Metric Tons Apparently they’ve geologically sequestered 1,000,000 Mg CO2 fixed from the atmosphere by corn plants since 2011.  … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | From the Bottom Up: Manipulating Nanoribbons at the Molecular Level
researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new precision approach for synthesizing graphene nanoribbons from pre-designed molecular building blocks.
5:00 AM | Water, Water, Everywhere — Controlling the Properties of Nanomaterials
Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are learning how the properties of water molecules on the surface of metal oxides can be used to better control these minerals and use them to make products such as more efficient semiconductors for organic light emitting diodes and solar cells.

January 12, 2015

5:00 AM | Solar Cell Polymers with Multiplied Electrical Output
A team from Brookhaven National Lab has found a new family of materials that produces "twin" electrical charges on single molecules, potentially paving the way for easy manufacture of more efficient solar devices.

January 09, 2015

4:00 PM | Solar Power Generating Capacity Up, Reports EIA
The Energy Information Administration (EIA), an agency of the federal government that collects, analyzes, and reports information about the energy sector to help create effective energy policy and to educate the public, has released a report about solar electricity generation … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | World’s Most Powerful Camera Receives Funding Approval
The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key “Critical Decision 2” approval from the DOE.
5:00 AM | From the Lab to Your Digital Device, Quantum Dots Have Made Quantum Leaps
Berkeley Lab’s nanotechnology enlivens Nanosys’ displays, enhancing the color and saving energy.

January 08, 2015

5:00 AM | Simulations Aimed at Safer Transport of Explosives
Researchers from the University of Utah are using supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, to understanding better exactly how accidents involving transportation of explosives occur and can be an important step to learning how better to prevent them.

January 07, 2015

5:00 AM | “Seeing” Hydrogen Atoms to Unveil Enzyme Catalysis
A multi-institutional research team led by Chris Dealwis from Case Western Reserve University has used the new IMAGINE instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to map an enzyme that could play an important role in anti-cancer drug development.
5:00 AM | Discovering a Key to How Stars Transmit Energy
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of its radiative band — the section of the solar interior between the sun’s core and outer convection zone.
5:00 AM | Students Nationwide to Compete in 25th Department of Energy National Science Bowl®
Engineer whose pioneering work contributed to visual effects used in The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean movies to speak at National Finals in Washington, D.C.

January 06, 2015

5:00 AM | Researchers Create Successful Predictions of Combustion Reaction Rates
Researchers from Argonne and Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new model for calculating the rates of chemical reactions during combustion, which will give new insight into atmospheric chemistry and potentially benefit automotive and engine manufacturers.

January 05, 2015

5:00 AM | 2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements at Brookhaven Lab
From new insights into the building blocks of matter to advances in understanding batteries, superconductors, and a protein that could help fight cancer, 2014 was a year of stunning successes for the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
5:00 AM | Science as Art: PNNL Images Fill 2015 Calendar
Lab is showcasing 12 images and the stories behind them in a 2015 calendar.

January 02, 2015

9:19 PM | New UT study pessimistic on future of US fracking boom
This interesting recent Nature News Feature caught my eye: Natural Gas:  the Fracking Fallacy Researchers at the University of Texas recently conducted a study of the reserve size of the four most productive US shale gas formations, and came up … Continue reading →

December 30, 2014

5:00 AM | The Quality of Light
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and The Pennsylvania State University are closely studying one of these photosynthetic species of fast-growing cyanobacteria using advanced tools developed at PNNL to determine the optimum environment that contributes to record growth and productivity.
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