Science Headlines

2014

06.30.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Scientists Study the Effects of Warming on Puerto Rican ForestExternal link

With support from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, researchers from Michigan Technological University, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey are trying to get a handle on the impact that climate change—particularly warming—is likely to have on the tropical forests of the world by studying the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. Read More »

06.27.14FROM THE LABS

Diamond Plates Create Nanostructures Through Pressure, Not ChemistryExternal link

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new and original method of using simple pressure – a kind of high-tech embossing – to produce finer and cleaner results in forming silver nanostructures than current chemical methods. Read More »

06.26.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Metal Particles in Solids Aren't as Fixed as They Seem, New Memristor Study ShowsExternal link

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers at the University of Michigan have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought. Read More »

06.25.14FROM THE LABS

Computing Power For AllExternal link

The Open Science Grid enables faster, more efficient analysis of LHC data—and also contributes to advancements in fields from geology to medicine. Read More »

06.25.14FROM THE LABS

Massive 30-ton MicroBooNE Particle Detector Moved Into Place, Will See Neutrinos This YearExternal link

The MicroBooNE detector – a 30-ton, 40-foot-long cylindrical metal tank designed to detect ghostly particles called neutrinos – was carefully transported by truck across the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab site, from the warehouse building it was constructed in to the experimental hall three miles away. Read More »

06.24.14FROM THE LABS

The JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels ResearchExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. Read More »

06.23.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Protons Power Protein Portal to Push Zinc Out of CellsExternal link

Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University report they have deciphered the inner workings of a protein called YiiP that prevents the lethal buildup of zinc inside bacteria. Read More »

06.20.14FROM THE LABS

Clouds Up CloseExternal link

Study shows that current climate models lacking high spatial resolution are biased toward accelerating the transition from stratocumulus clouds to cumulus clouds. The findings could lead to more accurate climate projections and the development and implementation of better-informed policies related to climate change. Read More »

06.19.14FROM THE LABS

New Los Alamos Approach May be Key to Quantum Dot Solar Cells with Real Gains in EfficiencyExternal link

Researchers have demonstrated an almost four-fold boost of the carrier multiplication yield with nanoengineered quantum dots. Read More »

06.19.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Winter's Over & It's Time to Grow Again--How Does a Tree Know?External link

A team led by molecular geneticists from Michigan Technological University has identified and characterized a gene that tells a poplar tree when winter ends and a spring growing season begins. Read More »

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