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Monsoon clouds gather over the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.September 2013Science Highlights

Tracing Aerosol Impacts on South Asian Monsoons

The effect of pollution aerosols on monsoons. Read More »

DOE JGI researchers have helped develop a technique that uses the Pacific Biosciences sequencing machine to fully automate the workflow for DNA sample preparation, sequencing, and assembly.June 2013Science Highlights

New Technique Improves Microbial Genome Assembly

Tool simplifies workflow for DNA sample preparation to finished sequence. Read More »

An interactive visualization enabled by the Ultra-scale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tools (UV-CDAT) project showing a volume rendering with overlaid slice plots.May 2013Science Highlights

Getting the Most from Ultra-Large Climate Datasets

Project provides tools for advanced data analysis and visualization. Read More »

Krill feed on algae living within sea ice brine in the Arctic.May 2013Science Highlights

Simulating Complex Sea Ice–Salt Water Interactions

New two-step desalinization process improves climate model. Read More »

Data from the ARM Climate Research Facility’s Oklahoma site are advancing the understanding of continental cumulus clouds, which will improve their representation in global climate models.April 2013Science Highlights

Fair-Weather Clouds, Cooling, and Humidity

ARM data offer insights into shallow cumulus clouds over land. Read More »

Small-angle scattering (SAS) with X-rays (pictured) or neutrons provides structural data for many biomolecules not suited for other analytical methods because of their flexible structures.April 2013Science Highlights

Small-Angle Scattering of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

New method enables structure determination of flexible biomolecules. Read More »

Polysaccharides (complex chains of sugar) in plant cell walls are great carbon energy sources for biofuel production.April 2013Science Highlights

Engineering Better Plants for Biofuels

New approach decreases lignin content in plant secondary cell wall. Read More »

A large contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration is degradation of soil organic matter by various biological and chemical processes.April 2013Science Highlights

Tracking Soil Microbes’ Response to Long-Term Warming

Study examines how temperature affects carbon decay and release. Read More »

Researchers have identified two genes required for bacterial conversion of mercury into methylmercury, a more toxic form.April 2013Science Highlights

Scientists Discover how Bacteria Convert Mercury to Toxic Form

Two genes responsible for mercury methylation identified. Read More »

A recent climate modeling study indicates that global land use strategies that protect tropical forests—such Brazil’s Caxiuanã National Forest, shown here—could dramatically reduce air warming projected in these regions.April 2013Science Highlights

Assessing Climate Impacts of Expanding Biofuel Crops

Model indicates increased cultivation could benefit tropical areas. Read More »

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