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Equal parts lignin and synthetic nitrile rubber are heated, mixed and extruded to yield a superior thermoplastic for cars and other consumer products. 03.22.16User Facility

ORNL Researchers Invent Tougher Plastic With 50 Percent Renewable ContentExternal link

New results may bring cleaner, cheaper raw materials to diverse manufacturers. Read MoreExternal linkage

Cloudy days can hamper solar panels' ability to produce electricity, but scientists around the country are working on ways to overcome this problem by making the panels more efficient. 03.17.16Article

5 Ways to Get Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Scientists are discovering new ways for solar panels to work on overcast days. Read More »

Protons and neutrons melt to produce 'quark-gluon plasma' at RHIC.03.01.16Article

The Origins of the Universe

An in-depth look at the origins of matter and the environmental conditions that helped shape the universe today. Read More »

An illustration of a tetraquark. 02.25.16From the Labs

Fermilab Scientists Discover New Four-Flavor ParticleExternal link

Scientists on the DZero collaboration at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab have discovered a new particle—the latest member to be added to the exotic species of particle known as tetraquarks. Read MoreExternal linkage

Anaerobic gut fungi colonize biomass, and secreted enzymes that release free sugars into their environment. 02.19.16User Facility

Biofuel Tech Straight from the FarmExternal link

Research team taps EMSL and DOE JGI to harness promising fungi found in manure. Read MoreExternal linkage

Researchers used experimental data to create a 23.7-million atom biomass model featuring cellulose (purple), lignin (brown), and enzymes (green). 02.17.16User Facility

Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel’s Biggest BarrierExternal link

ORNL researchers’ 23.7-million atom system demonstrates why lignin is such a problem. Read MoreExternal linkage

Brookhaven Lab Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) scientists with a sample of gold nanoparticle superlattices linked up by using fabricated DNA as a building material. 02.04.16User Facility

Scientists Guide Gold Nanoparticles to Form "Diamond" SuperlatticesExternal link

DNA scaffolds cage and coax nanoparticles into position to form crystalline arrangements that mimic the atomic structure of diamond. Read MoreExternal linkage

Star trails take shape around Kitt Peak National Observatory in this long-exposure image. 02.03.16From the Labs

New Galaxy-Hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder BetterExternal link

Berkeley Lab, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory join forces to develop Mosaic-3. Read MoreExternal linkage

Michael Witherell, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 01.22.16From the Labs

UC Names Michael Witherell to Head Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryExternal link

Witherell is a leading physicist with a highly distinguished career in teaching, research and managing complex organizations. Read MoreExternal linkage

The view from the top of Observation Hill. The ARM Mobile Facility will be deployed here for one year. 01.20.16User Facility

Scientists Study Clouds’ Impact on West Antarctic Ice MeltExternal link

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility is now delivering data that could help scientists understand how clouds affect melting glaciers. Read MoreExternal linkage