March 16, 2015

4:00 AM | Probing the Early Stages of DNA “Photocopying”
An intricate three-dimensional model of the complex protein that helps prepare DNA for duplication is the result of research at three U.S. Department of Energy x-ray light sources, including the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

March 13, 2015

4:00 AM | Electricity Needs Water: A State-by-State Assessment
To understand the increasing water requirements by U.S. electric power producers, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employed a computational model to estimate the state-by-state need through 2095.
4:00 AM | Study Proposes New Way to Measure Superconducting Fluctuations
A study published last month by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory provides theoretical evidence for a new effect that may lead to a way of measuring the exact temperature at which superconductivity kicks in and shed light on the poorly understood properties of superconducting materials above this temperature.
4:00 AM | Atomic Layer Deposition: Precise Control Smaller Than the Eye Can See
Scientists at several of DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Centers are creating coatings for energy generation and storage by building materials one atomic layer at a time.

March 12, 2015

4:00 AM | Researchers Get Warmer in Understanding High-Temperature Superconductors
First ab initio computational experiment of copper oxide performed at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility moves scientists closer to understanding mysterious properties of cuprate superconductors.
4:00 AM | The Proof is in the Pores
Researchers at several of DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Centers are studying metal-organic frameworks – porous materials with unique chemical and physical properties – to open new channels for energy science.

March 11, 2015

4:00 AM | New 2-Color X-ray Laser Technique Could Reveal Atomic Detail of Medically Important Proteins
A unique X-ray laser innovation developed at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory produced a new way to study ultrafast processes in biology, materials, chemistry, and other fields.
4:00 AM | Dr. Steven Ashby Named Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Ashby has served as PNNL's Deputy Director for Science and Technology since 2008 and was selected following a highly competitive national search.

March 10, 2015

4:00 AM | The Climate is Starting to Change Faster
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) discovered the speed with which temperatures change will continue to increase over the next several decades, intensifying the impacts of climate change.
4:00 AM | Biofuel Proteomics: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Use Proteomics to Profile Switchgrass
In a study led by Benjamin Schwessinger, a grass geneticist with JBEI’s Feedstocks Division, researchers used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), a North American native prairie grass that is widely viewed as one of the most promising of all the fuel crop candidates.
4:00 AM | Scientists Find Rare Dwarf Satellite Galaxy Candidates in Dark Energy Survey Data
Scientists on two continents have independently discovered a set of celestial objects that seem to belong to the rare category of dwarf satellite galaxies orbiting our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

March 09, 2015

4:00 AM | Between Micro and Macro, Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Model Fluids at the Mesoscale
The little-known field of fluctuating hydrodynamics could have enormous impacts in applications ranging from batteries to drug delivery to microfluidic devices.
4:00 AM | ORNL Microscopy Directly Images Problematic Lithium Dendrites in Batteries
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries.

March 06, 2015

5:00 AM | Soot and Dust: A Better Picture of the Impact on Snow
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory led development of a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution regional modeling framework that simulated how light is absorbed by soot and dust in seasonal snowpack.
5:00 AM | Argonne Research Expanding From Injectors to Inhalers
In collaboration with Australian researchers, Argonne’s scientists are using decades of experience analyzing vehicle fuel injectors to study medical inhalers, hoping to unlock the secrets of the devices that are so well known to asthma sufferers everywhere.
5:00 AM | Advancing Accelerator Science Using Supercomputing
Experts at Argonne’s Leadership Computing Facility have teamed up with physicists at Fermilab to create more accurate and more reliable models of collisions within the world’s highest-intensity particle beams.
12:02 AM | Reduce Your Energy Bill By Keeping In The Heat
Heating and cooling account for 48 percent of the energy use in the average U.S. home and is the largest energy expense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports an average cost … Continue reading →

March 04, 2015

5:00 AM | A New Level of Earthquake Understanding
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is reporting the successful study of stress fields along the San Andreas fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-triggering stresses originate.
5:00 AM | First Scientific Publication from Data Collected at NSLS-II
Just weeks after the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) achieved first light, the team of scientists at the X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XPD) beamline tested a set-up that yielded data on thermoelectric materials.

March 03, 2015

3:54 PM | Texas Electricity Capacity Adequate For Spring And Summer Of 2015
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is forecasting that the state will have adequate electric capacity to meet demand for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.  This comes as good news after recent worries about the state’s electricity capacity … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | First Detailed Microscopy Evidence of Bacteria at the Lower Size Limit of Life
Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get.
5:00 AM | Plants Use Water Wisely – Mostly
Scientists from Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories are among those participating with DOE’s Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments; providing more insight into how plants use their available resources and thereby improving global climate models.
5:00 AM | Giant Virus Revealed in 3-D Using X-ray Laser
Experiment at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) compiles hundreds of images, reveals inner details of intact ‘mimivirus’.

March 02, 2015

5:00 AM | Electrochemical 'Fingers' Unlock Battery's Inner Potential
Scientists at Brookhaven National Lab track real-time reaction pathways in 3D to uncover new nanoscale clues to increasing lithium-ion battery capacity and optimizing performance.
5:00 AM | New CMI Process Recycles Valuable Rare Earth Metals From Old Electronics
Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective.
5:00 AM | Researchers at PPPL Find 3-D Printed Parts to Provide Low-cost, Custom Alternatives for Laboratory Equipment
The 3-D printing scene, a growing favorite of do-it-yourselfers, has spread to the study of plasma physics. With a series of experiments, researchers at PPPL have found that 3-D printers can be an important tool in laboratory environments.
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