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Researchers have discovered a novel methane-producing microbe that dominates the thawing permafrost of their study site: the Stordalen Mire in Sweden’s Abisko National Park.December 2014Science Highlights

New Methane-Producing Microbe Found in Thawing Permafrost

The species and its relatives appear to be prevalent in areas of high methane flux worldwide. Read More »

Duckweed is a relatively simple plant with fronds (A and B, right) that float on the surface of water and roots that extend into the water.December 2014Science Highlights

Biofuels from a Floating Water Weed

Duckweed sequencing reveals insights into genes for lignin, cellulose, and starch production. Read More »

Baohua Gu and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a method to determine the total number of sulfur compounds called thiols on intact bacterial cells and natural organic matter.December 2014Science Highlights

New Tool for Studying Toxic Metals in the Environment

Method enables quantification of thiols on bacteria and natural organic matter. Read More »

Research scientist conducting the “wet chemisty” astatine-211 isolation procedure within a charcoal-filtered glovebox.November 2014Science Highlights

Improving the Availability of the Therapeutic Radionuclide Astatine-211

Investigators at the University of Washington have developed methods that consistently provide high production and recovery yields of astatine-211. Read More »

Vasilii Petrenko of the University of Rochester processing ice cores on Taylor Glacier, Antarctica.November 2014Science Highlights

Radiokrypton Dating Identifies Ancient Antarctic Ice

Researchers count the number of radioactive krypton-81 atoms remaining in ice using a laser trap. Read More »

The figure shows measured electron bunch images with lasing suppressed (top left) and full lasing (right).October 2014Science Highlights

Making the Old New Again: Measuring Ultrashort X-ray Laser Pulses

Researchers have developed a powerful new diagnostic tool for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) with femtosecond resolution. Read More »

A fragment of the crystal structure of the new ice is shown where the oxygen atoms are blue and the molecular hydrogen atoms pink.October 2014Science Highlights

Inside Ice Under High Pressure

New insights from neutron diffraction reveal changes to atomic structure. Read More »

The weak signal of two gadolinium ions - shown as brilliant spheres - was used to solve the high resolution crystal structure of the model protein lysozyme.October 2014Science Highlights

Solving Protein Structures from Scratch

A novel tool to determine the structure of difficult to crystallize proteins. Read More »

Nanocrystals enable new electrically-controlled windows.October 2014Science Highlights

Smarter Smart Windows

Thin coating of nanocrystals embedded in glass can electrically control light and heat from sunlight as it passes through a window. Read More »

The one-armed antibody, onartuzumab (pink) binds to the receptor tyrosine kinase, MET (green and blue) found on the surface of cells preventing the binding of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) (red) disrupting the development and growth of tumors.October 2014Science Highlights

Biomolecular Structure Studies Advance an Antibody Approach to Cancer Therapy

Crystal structures obtained at the Advanced Light Source helped inform Genentech about the binding mechanism of a unique antibody that targets multiple cancer types. Read More »