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A photo of four voice coil magnets taken from a desktop or laptop computer and their brackets (which have mounting holes).  These magnets are each about 10.5 – 15 grams, 1 - 1.25 inches long.  These ones are colorful, because they have been overheated in the process of separation and demagnetization. Photo supplied by the Ames Laboratory.10.28.14ARTICLE

Silicon Shovels for Rare-Earth Solutions

Office of Science scientists use supercomputers to search for innovative answers to rare-earth supply needs. Read More »

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay (left) and Heather Jensen were part of a JBEI team that identified microbial genes which can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of E. coli. 10.27.14FROM THE LABS

Boosting Biogasoline Production in MicrobesExternal link

Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers combine systems biology with genetic engineering to improve production of isopentenol in E. coli. Read More »

Cutting the ribbon to the General Purpose Laboratory are (l-r) Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Energy Secretary Moniz, Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos. 10.24.14FROM THE LABS

DOE Secretary Helps Usher in New Era of Energy Research at Berkeley LabExternal link

A new building will be the home to lab’s energy storage efforts. Read More »

Magnetic field strength in a turbulence-optimized stellarator design. Regions with the highest strength are shown in yellow. 10.22.14FROM THE LABS

Scientists Use Plasma Shaping to Control Turbulence in StellaratorsExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Germany have devised a new method for minimizing turbulence in bumpy donut-shaped experimental fusion facilities called stellarators. Read More »

New transatlantic links being installed by DOE’s Energy Sciences Network will provide greater connectivity for scientists at U.S. National Laboratories with research facilities and collaborators in Europe. 10.20.14FROM THE LABS

DOE’s High-Speed Network to Boost Big Data Transfers by Extending 100G Connectivity Across AtlanticExternal link

New capabilities improve network speeds between European facilities and U.S. research sites, including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
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Graphene's hexagonal structure makes it an excellent lubricant. 10.14.14FROM THE LABS

Slippery When Dry: Graphene Proves a Long-lasting LubricantExternal link

Argonne National Laboratory has identified the properties of a newer, exceptionally wear-resistant substance that works in a broader range of environments. Read More »

Brookhaven researchers Jilian Fan, John Shanklin, and Changcheng Xu have developed a method for getting experimental plants to accumulate more leaf oil. 10.08.14FROM THE LABS

Researchers Pump Up Oil Accumulation in Plant LeavesExternal link

A series of detailed genetic studies points scientists to a new way to dramatically increase the accumulation of oil in plant leaves, an abundant source of biomass for fuel production. Read More »

NOvA is the most powerful accelerator-based neutrino experiment ever built in the United States and the longest-distance one in the world. 10.07.14FROM THE LABS

Fermilab’s 500-mile Neutrino Experiment Up and RunningExternal link

With construction completed, the NOvA experiment has begun its probe into the mysteries of ghostly particles that may hold the key to understanding the universe. Read More »

A simulated collision of lead ions, courtesy the ALICE experiment at CERN. 10.03.14FROM THE LABS

A Closer Look at the Perfect FluidExternal link

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and their collaborators have honed a way to probe the quark-gluon plasma, the kind of matter that dominated the universe immediately after the big bang. Read More »

Photomultiplier tubes lining the walls of the Daya Bay neutrino detector. 10.01.14FROM THE LABS

Hide & Seek: Sterile Neutrinos Remain ElusiveExternal link

Daya Bay neutrino experiment publishes a new result on its first search for a "sterile" neutrino. Read More »

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