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11.30.15From the Labs

Pollution Changes Clouds' Ice Crystal GenesisExternal link

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that when miniscule particles of airborne dust, thought to be a perfect landing site for water vapor, are modified by pollution, they change cloud properties via ice crystal number concentration and ice water content. Read MoreExternal linkage


Postdoc Alesha Harris: Tackling Chemistry from Nanoparticles to NeutrinosExternal link

Although Alesha Harris’ graduate work was in nanoparticles—materials just a billionth of a meter in size—she joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory as an postdoc to work on something she had never heard of before: invisible subatomic particles called neutrinos. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.27.15From the Labs

Can Paris Pledges Avert Severe Climate Change?External link

More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate change and to implement a process to reduce greenhouse gases over time. Read MoreExternal linkage


Identifying New Sources of Turbulence in Spherical TokamaksExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have for the first time modeled previously unsuspected sources of turbulence in spherical tokamaks, an alternative design for producing fusion energy. Read MoreExternal linkage


Teaching Reactions How to NavigateExternal link

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory modeled every elementary step in the complicated mechanism of producing hydrogen, providing a detailed map of the amount of energy used in the different possible routes the reaction could take. Read MoreExternal linkage


NSLS-II User Profiles: Emmie Campbell & Karen DeRocherExternal link

Emmie Campbell and Karen DeRocher, from the Biomineral Engineering group at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering, studied microstructures that make up spicules or "bones" in larval sea urchins with the Hard X-Ray Nanoprobe at NSLS-II. Read MoreExternal linkage


New Supercomputer Simulations Enhance Understanding of Protein Motion and FunctionExternal link

Supercomputing simulations at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change how researchers understand the internal motions of proteins that play functional, structural and regulatory roles in all living organisms. Read MoreExternal linkage


Novel Intermediate Energy X-Ray Beamline Opening for ResearchersExternal link

Using relatively low-energy X-rays, the IEX beamline at the APS will help illuminate electronic ordering and emergent phenomena in ordered materials to better understand the origins of distinct electronic properties. Read MoreExternal linkage


Storm Clouds Take Rain on Rollercoaster RideExternal link

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers explained the complex fluxes in turbulent storm clouds using statistical distributions of the vertical velocity and various kinds of precipitating particles within the clouds. Read MoreExternal linkage


Oak Ridge National Lab and Solid Power Sign Exclusive License for Lithium-Sulfur Battery TechExternal link

The company licensed a portfolio of ORNL patents relating to lithium-sulfur compositions that will enable development of more energy-dense batteries. ORNL’s proof-of-concept battery research has demonstrated the technology’s potential to improve power, operating temperature, manufacturability and cost as well. Read MoreExternal linkage

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