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Scanning electron micrograph of the first sequenced archea Methanococcus jannaschii.June 2012Science Highlights

Microbes Working Together to Produce Methane

Understanding how two microbes work together to produce the greenhouse gas methane. Read More »

Cellulolytic assays of ActinobacteriaJune 2012Science Highlights

Encyclopedic Search for New Cellulases

A microbe not known for cellulose degradation has 15 cellulases that may improve biofuel production. Read More »

Amanita muscaria of the class AgaricomycetesJune 2012Science Highlights

A Fungal End to Coal in the Carboniferous Period?

Insights into the origin of ligninases can help develop processes to convert biomass into bioenergy. Read More »

PhytoPET plant imaging system.June 2012Science Highlights

Radiation Imaging Detectors for Plant Photosynthesis Research

Imaging tools aid research in global climate change, plant genetics, biofuels, agriculture, and carbon sequestration. Read More »

Map of bound even-even nuclei as a function of the proton number Z and the neutron number N.June 2012Science Highlights

New Horizons on the Nuclear Landscape

New calculations have quantified the boundaries and uncertainties of the ‘chart of the nuclides’—the extended periodic table of all matter. Read More »

STM-measured anisotropy of energy gaps...May 2012Science Highlights

Can Magnetism Explain High Temperature Superconductivity?

Visualization of electron pair binding confirms predictions about how high temperature superconductivity works. Read More »

Distorted three-dimensional perovskite structure of cesium tin iodide (CsSnI3) at room temperature...May 2012Science Highlights

Low-Cost, Third Generation Solar Cells on Solid Ground

Novel, liquid-less design promises to improve long-term stability and durability of dye-sensitized solar cells while hitting high efficiency marks. Read More »

Polar stratospheric clouds over the NASA Radome, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.May 2012Science Highlights

Towards More Accurate Simulation of Aerosolos in Climate Models

Recent findings reveal that existing climate models overestimate scattering and absorption of sunlight by aerosols at altitudes between 6-10 kilometers. Read More »

Comparison of modeled atmospheric aerosol optical depth versus measured values from satellites.May 2012Science Highlights

Improving the Aerosol Component of Climate Models

Complex aerosol processes accurately captured in climate models with a new, minimal aerosol module. Read More »

Distribution of the wintertime differences in the westerly transient moisture fluxMay 2012Science Highlights

Models Project Greater Drought Resistance

Regional Climate Models predict greater drought resistance in southwest U.S. than General Circulation Models (GCMs). Read More »