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Researchers are genetically engineering microorganisms to produce high-energy biofuels that can directly replace petroleum in existing engines.July 2014Science Highlight

Higher Yields of Advanced Biofuels from Genetically Engineered Yeast

Strains produce “drop-in” fuels and chemicals derived from fatty acids. Read More »

An assessment of the ability of climate models to simulate clouds shows that newer models are better aligning with cloud satellite observations.July 2014Science Highlight

Improved Climate Model Simulations of Clouds

New models show reduction in bias associated with too many highly reflective clouds. Read More »

Methane emissions estimated in a recent study (A) and compared against the commonly used Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) 4.2 inventory (B and C).July 2014Science Highlight

Some U.S. Methane Sources May Be Larger than Previously Thought

Inventories underestimate emissions from fossil fuel industry and animal husbandry, study finds. Read More »

Researchers are seeking to better predict the impact of ice sheet melting in Greenland under a changing climate.July 2014Science Highlight

Greenland Ice Sheet “Sliding” a Small Contributor to Future Sea-Level Rise

Modeling experiments assess impacts of key melting behavior. Read More »

Aerosol observations from the 2011 Las Conchas fire in New Mexico (seen here) are helping researchers gain a better understanding of wildfire effects on climate.July 2014Science Highlight

Wildfires Lead to More Warming than Climate Models Predicted

Aerosol observations shed light on impact of soot and smoke. Read More »

The new beamline connecting the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility accelerator to its newest experimental area, Hall D, was christened with beam on May 7.June 2014Science Highlight

New Science on the Horizon as Upgraded Particle Accelerator Meets Commissioning Milestones

The recently upgraded CEBAF accelerator delivers its highest-energy electron beams into a new experimental complex for the first time. Read More »

Quantum Tunneling Affects Engine Performance.June 2014Science Highlight

Quantum Tunneling Affects Engine Performance

Understanding fundamental chemistry is important for accurate engine modeling. Read More »

Focal series high-resolution transmission-electron microscope (TEM) image (here, for disordered 1.2-1.5 nm NPs) and histogram for fraction of ordered NPs versus size, where NPs > 2.5 nm were all observed to be ordered.June 2014Science Highlight

Nanoparticles: To Be or Not to Be Crystalline?

Discovery of coexisting ordered and disordered catalytic nanoparticles. Read More »

Color map (left) reconstructed image showing the direction of magnetization and the stray magnetic fields in and around a cobalt nanospiral (color wheel indicates magnetization direction) that is only 20 nm in diameter (images taken using high resolution Lorentz microscopy), and (right) tomographic reconstruction showing the 3D shape of the nano-spiral.June 2014Science Highlight

Magnetic Structure of Sculpted Nanospirals

Direct visualization of magnetic structures gives researchers a window into new possibilities at the Nanoscale. Read More »

Left: Fluorescent image of two polystyrene particles positioned at the north and south poles of a liquid crystal droplet. Right: Simulation of particle adsorption; region of disorder within droplets coincides exactly with the particle positions at the poles.June 2014Science Highlight

Cell-like Decoration of “Gooey” Surface

Precise, predictable positioning of nanoparticles on a liquid crystal droplet. Read More »