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April 13, 2015

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4:00 AM | Champions in Science, Whose Stars Are Still Rising: Profile of George Vardaxis, National Science Bowl
For the run up to the 2015 National Science Bowl Finals April 30th to May 4th, this story is the third of four profiles on previous National Science Bowl competitors and champions.

April 10, 2015

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4:00 AM | Erupting Electrodes: How Recharging Leaves Behind Microscopic Debris Inside Batteries
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Energy Research have gained new insight into the chemistry that clogs rechargeable lithium batteries.
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4:00 AM | For Ultra-Cold Neutrino Experiment, a Successful Demonstration
An international team of scientists has released early results from the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) experiment, with implications for why there’s more matter than antimatter in the universe.
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4:00 AM | Mixing Up a Batch of Stronger Metals
A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee Knoxville has found that a class of high entropy alloys – which contain five or more metals – retain enhanced mechanical properties even when the mixing of metals is uneven or disordered, which opens up new possibilities for future alloy design.

April 09, 2015

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4:00 AM | U.S. Department of Energy Awards $200 Million for Next-generation Supercomputer at its Argonne National Laboratory
Under Secretary for Science and Energy Orr announces next steps in pursuit of exascale supercomputing to accelerate major scientific discoveries and engineering breakthroughs.
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4:00 AM | First NSLS-II X-Ray Images Hint at Science to Come
In another “first” at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a group working at the Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe has taken the facility's inaugural x-ray images.

April 08, 2015

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9:32 AM | What do our models really represent?
Dan Jessie, a research scholar in the IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis program, reports back from a recent conference on model validation. Continue reading →
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8:22 AM | Hydrogen Gas from Corn Stover may fuel Cars Soon
All the sugars present in the corn stover can be converted into hydrogen gas without any net increase in the greenhouse gas emissions a new study funded by Shell Oil suggests. Corn stover means the post-harvest leftover of corn in the field comprising of stalk, leaf, husk, and cob. The process involves the mixing of a mixture of 10 different hydrolysing enzymes with the corn biomass. This is being considered a remarkable achievement as previously only 30-60% conversion of sugars […] The […]
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4:00 AM | The Department of Energy Invites Nominations for the 2015 Ernest Orlando Lawrence and Enrico Fermi Awards
Nominations for the 2015 Ernest Orlando Lawrence and Enrico Fermi Awards are being accepted until June 15, 2015.

April 07, 2015

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4:00 AM | Tracking Down Time Missteps
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and University of Michigan developed a new technique that targets numerical errors related to time evolution in weather and climate models.

April 06, 2015

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4:00 AM | U.S. Scientists Celebrate the Restart of the Large Hadron Collider
More than 1,700 U.S. scientists who work on LHC experiments – including those from Office of Science labs such as Fermilab, Brookhaven, Oak Ridge and Berkeley Lab – are prepared to join thousands of their international colleagues to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory.
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4:00 AM | “Explosive” Atom Movement is New Window into Growing Metal Nanostructures
Ames Laboratory scientists observed lead atoms unexpectedly moving collectively on a lead-on-silicon surface to explosively form nanostructures, all at low temperatures.
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4:00 AM | Accelerating Materials Discovery With World’s Largest Database of Elastic Properties
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have published the world’s largest set of data on the complete elastic properties of inorganic compounds, increasing by an order of magnitude the number of compounds for which such data exists.
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4:00 AM | Champions in Science Whose Stars Are Still Rising: Profile of Jason Tumlinson, National Science Bowl Champion 1992
For the run up to the 2015 National Science Bowl Finals April 30th to May 4th, this is the second of four profiles on previous National Science Bowl competitors and champions.

April 03, 2015

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4:00 AM | Analytical Innovations Bring $10 Million Back to National Laboratory, Battelle
A suite of analytical innovations used to detect and measure very low levels of compounds and elements for environmental, national security and health applications has topped $10 million in licensing income for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its operator Battelle.
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4:00 AM | Champions in Science Whose Stars Are Still Rising: Profile of Jason Tumlinson, National Science Bowl Champion 1992
For the run up to the 2015 National Science Bowl Finals April 30th to May 4th, this is the second of four profiles on previous National Science Bowl competitors and champions.

April 02, 2015

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4:27 PM | European Union is ready to restrict the amount of crop based biofuels to 7%
European Union is ready to restrict the amount of crop based biofuels to 7% in its transportation sector. The deal has reached to the final stage and now requires voting of the environment committee of the European parliament on 14th April and further endorsement by the plenary session of the parliament. This is very important as according to the current legislation EU members are required to ensure that by 2020 minimum 10 percent of the energy in transportation will come from […]
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4:00 AM | In the Heat of the Reaction, a Single Atom Delivers
Not present when the reaction starts or ends, the driving force behind turning poisonous carbon monoxide into a benign form is a single atom that appears in the heat of action, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
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4:00 AM | Longer DNA Fragments Reveal Rare Species Diversity
A team including DOE JGI and Berkeley Lab researchers compared two ways of using the next generation Illumina sequencing machines, one of which–TruSeq Synthetic Long-Reads–produced significantly longer reads than the other.

April 01, 2015

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4:00 AM | Study at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source Shows Why Skin is Resistant to Tearing
Making good use of the X-ray beams at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), the collaboration of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory made the first direct observations of the micro-scale mechanisms behind the ability of skin to resist tearing.
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4:00 AM | Scientists Track Ultrafast Creation of a Catalyst with X-ray Laser
Chemical transformations driven by light provide key insight to steps in solar-energy conversion.

March 30, 2015

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4:00 AM | Scientists Developed Global Model on the Role of Human Activity and Weather on Vegetation Fires
An international team of researchers led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory working at the Joint Global Change Research Institute developed a new model on vegetation fires that will improve understanding of such fires around the world today.
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4:00 AM | Champions in Science Whose Stars Are Still Rising: Profile of Steven Sivek, National Science Bowl Champion 2002
For the run up to the 2015 National Science Bowl Finals April 30th to May 4th, this story is the first of four profiles on previous National Science Bowl competitors and champions.

March 29, 2015

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4:28 AM | Renewable fuel Oil from Ensyn Corporation
Ensyn has mastered its RTPTM (Rapid Thermal Processing) technology to convert lignocellulosic biomass such as wood and agriculture waste to its key cellulosic biofuel product named RFOTM (Renewable fuel Oil). RFO has many applications. Ensyn has been selling this liquid as heating fuels that directly displaces petroleum based heating fuels and as feedstock for production of renewable chemicals. Now RFO has find its application as renewable feedstock for conventional petroleum refineries. […]

March 27, 2015

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8:18 AM | How do you operationalize the water-energy nexus?
On World Water Day, IIASA Water researcher Paul Yillia reflects on the Water-Energy Nexus, and what it means in practice. Continue reading →
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4:00 AM | Copper Atoms Bring a Potential New Battery Material to Life
Scientists at Brookhaven National Lab track electrochemical reactions in cutting-edge battery materials in real time using "in-operando" synchrotron techniques, revealing important clues for the future design and development of more powerful, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries.
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4:00 AM | Using Magnetic Fields to Understand High-temperature Superconductivity
Taking our understanding of quantum matter to new levels, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are exposing high-temperature superconductors to very high magnetic fields, changing the temperature at which the materials become perfectly conducting and revealing unique properties of these substances.
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4:00 AM | Protein Shake-up
One intrinsically disordered protein, beta-catenin, is of particular interest to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where they will be conducting neutron scattering and supercomputing studies to further uncover its role in cancer.
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4:00 AM | Demonstrating Desalination with Nanoporous Graphene Membrane
A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated an energy-efficient desalination technology that uses a porous membrane made of strong, slim graphene—a carbon honeycomb one atom thick.
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