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Hurricane OmarSeptember 2012Science Highlights

Fresh Water Feeds Hurricanes’ Fury

Understanding factors influencing a cyclone’s path and intensity improves our ability to forecast and mitigate impacts. Read More »

Electron microscope image of new catalyst structure showing a single layer of platinum coating a palladium nanoparticle.August 2012Science Highlights

Improved Catalysts for Next Generation Fuel Cells

New design significantly increases the lifetime and reduces the platinum content in electrocatalysts needed for advanced fuel cells for automotive applications. Read More »

Oxygen vacancy maps reveal that the overall composition and the degree of oxygen order varies drastically between films of the same cation composition but grown on different substrates.August 2012Science Highlights

Seeing the Voids in Fuel Cell Materials at the Atomic Scale

New microscopy method opens the door to understanding atomic-scale variations in chemistry and improved materials performance in solid oxide fuel cells. Read More »

Diamond anvil showing dents (arrowed) after being used to squeeze this new superhard material.August 2012Science Highlights

New Superhard Form of Carbon Dents Diamond

Squeezing creates new class of material built from clusters of carbon atoms. Read More »

Single-celled marine cyanobacterium Cyanothece 51142August 2012Science Highlights

Making a Better Hydrogen Producing Bacterium

A microbe able to produce hydrogen without typical poisoning by oxygen production. Read More »

Beaufort Sea north of Alaska (NOAA)August 2012Science Highlights

Simulation of Arctic Clouds in Climate Models

Arctic clouds, major controllers of the radiative budget, are now better represented in climate models. Read More »

X-ray computer tomography (CT) image showing solid carbonate (calcite, green) grown in a network of glass beads (blue).July 2012Science Highlights

Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide—as a Solid

Nanoscale features in rocks enable more carbon dioxide to be trapped as a solid carbonate material underground. Read More »

Whole-cell hybridization fluorescent image of bacteria from an anaerobic bioreactor identified by probes specific for deltaproteobacteria (green) or genus Sporomusa (red).July 2012Science Highlights

Mystery of Mercury Methlyation Unlocked

Researchers reveal that microorganisms are responsible for transforming mercury into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury, in streams. Read More »

Acctinium 225 in 2 V VialsJuly 2012Science Highlights

Progress on Production of Alpha-emitting Radioisotopes for Cancer Therapy

High yield production of Actinium-225 and Radium-223 achieved by high energy proton bombardment of natural thorium targets. Read More »

The Modular Caustic Side Solvent Extraction (CSSX) Unit nearing completion at the Savannah River Site.June 2012Science Highlights

Improved Method to Clean-Up Legacy Radioactive Waste

Chemistry provides a route to selective binding and extraction of radioactive cesium. Read More »