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08.01.16From the Labs

A New Leaf: Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into FuelExternal link

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into a usable energy source by using sunlight. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.01.16User Facility

Study Finds Molecular Switch That Triggers Bacterial PathogenicityExternal link

Using an array of high-powered X-ray imaging techniques, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) showed that histone-like proteins that bind to DNA are related to the physical twisting of the genetic strand, and that the supercoiling of the chromosome can trigger the expression of genes that make a microbe invasive. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.29.16User Facility

ORNL Computational Resources and Experts Support Cancer Moonshot InitiativeExternal link

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will add its computational know-how to the battle against cancer through several new projects recently announced at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.29.16User Facility

Teasing Out the Microbiome of the Kansas PrairieExternal link

In one of the most in-depth looks to-date at a soil metagenome — all the genetic material recovered from a sample of soil — a PNNL team has reconstructed portions of the genomes of 129 species of microbes, the first steps in identifying the genomes of the estimated 100,000 species in the sample. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.29.16User Facility

Diamonds Help Generate New Record for Static Pressures for StudyExternal link

An international team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has devised a method for achieving static pressures vastly higher than any previously reached. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.28.16User Facility

Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Have Allure for Biofuel and Chemical ProductionExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from several other institutions found that Synechococcus 7003, commonly called a form of blue-green algae, is an attractive target for scientists and engineers trying to create better, less expensive biofuels or develop tools for churning out custom chemicals. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.27.16User Facility

Physicists Show Trilayer Metal Oxide’s True StripesExternal link

A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory describe a process to create a triple-layer metal oxide in a never-before-made single-crystal form; and observed in it an interesting phenomenon called charge striping, which may shed light on the physics behind similar useful electronic properties of metal oxides, such as superconductivity. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.26.16User Facility

Fundamental Fission Modeling Finds a FootholdExternal link

Using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a team led by Aurel Bulgac of the University of Washington is spearheading this effort by developing a novel theoretical approach that extends DFT to superfluid nuclei, which exhibit characteristics similar to other strongly interacting systems of many fermions, or particles with half-integer spin such as superconducting materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.25.16From the Labs

New Nontoxic Process Promises Larger Ultrathin Sheets of 2D NanomaterialsExternal link

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.22.16User Facility

An Accelerated Pipeline to Open Materials ResearchExternal link

ORNL software engineers led the development of a software platform that combines the lab’s state-of-the art imaging technologies with advanced data analytics and high-performance computing to accelerate materials science research, reducing data analysis from months to hours, and creating feedback to fine-tune simulations. Read MoreExternal linkage

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