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2014

The experimental chamber setup is seen from the front, with high speed camera looking into the chamber from the left. 07.16.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Getting a Charge Out of Water DropletsExternal link

MIT researchers discover water condensing and jumping from a superhydrophobic surface can be harnessed to produce electricity. Read More »

NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing) Hopper supercomputer cluster at the OSF (Oakland Scientific Facility). Cray ECOphlex water-cooled supercomputers.07.14.14ARTICLE

Happy Birthday, NERSC

Four researchers celebrate the 40th birthday of Berkeley Lab’s supercomputing center by sharing stories of its illuminating science. Read More »

This image shows the results of calculations aimed at determining which of six chemical elements would make the best catalyst for promoting an ammonia synthesis reaction. 07.11.14FROM THE LABS

Uncertainty Gives Scientists New Confidence in Search for Novel MaterialsExternal link

SLAC, Stanford advance will benefit thousands of computational studies in wide range of fields. Read More »

Materials can be described as being on a spectrum from a perfectly ordered crystal to a perfectly disordered anticrystal. 07.07.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Consider the ‘Anticrystal’External link

Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials: the anticrystal, a theoretical solid that is completely disordered. Read More »

Graphical representation of the chemistry in the early stages of soot formation. 07.01.14FROM THE LABS

Up in Flames: Evidence Confirms Combustion TheoryExternal link

Berkeley Lab and University of Hawaii research outlines the story of soot, with implications for cleaner-burning fuels. Read More »

Advanced Light Source images of a Cu2SeO3 sample show five sets of dual-peak skyrmion structures, highlighted by the white ovals. 06.25.14FROM THE LABS

Advanced Light Source Provides New Look at SkyrmionsExternal link

Skyrmions, subatomic quasiparticles that could play a key role in future spintronic technologies, have been observed for the first time using x-rays at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source. Read More »

Thymine – the molecule in the foreground – is one of the four basic building blocks that make up the double helix of DNA. 06.23.14FROM THE LABS

Scientists Use X-rays to Look at How DNA Protects Itself from UV LightExternal link

SLAC research reveals rapid DNA changes that act as molecular sunscreen. Read More »

An X-ray laser pulse at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source probes a supercooled water droplet (center, left). 06.19.14FROM THE LABS

Scientists Take First Dip into Water’s Mysterious ‘No Man’s Land’External link

Observations of the strange state of liquid water in frozen conditions made by scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will improve our understanding of the ubiquitous but unusual H2O. Read More »

We live atop the thinnest layer of the Earth: the crust. Below is the mantle (red), outer core (orange), and finally inner core (yellow-white). 06.18.14FROM THE LABS

Composition of Earth’s Mantle RevisitedExternal link

Research at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source recently suggested that the makeup of the Earth’s mantle is significantly different from what was previously thought. Read More »

Brookhaven physicist Oleg Gang and Stony Brook University postdoctoral researcher Sunita Srivastava. 06.11.14FROM THE LABS

DNA-Linked Nanoparticles Form Switchable "Thin Films" on a Liquid SurfaceExternal link

Possible pathway to adjustable filters, surfaces with variable mechanical response, or even new ways to deliver genes for biomedical applications. Read More »