Science Headlines

09.30.15From the Labs

The Color of SmogExternal link

A new study by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists shows the molecular details of how organic aerosol helps heat up and color the haze over megacities. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.30.15User Facility

Titan Helps Unpuzzle Decades-Old Plutonium PerplexitiesExternal link

Through an allocation by the DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research Leadership Computing Challenge, a team of condensed matter theorists at Rutgers University used nearly 10 million Titan core hours to calculate the electronic and magnetic structure of plutonium. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.29.15From the Labs

Proud Model: Rolling on the RiverExternal link

A team led by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory coupled a newly developed river-routing model with an Earth system model, and the simulated streamflow compared favorably against the observed streamflow from more than 1,600 major river stations worldwide. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.28.15From the Labs

Construction Completed, PPPL is Set to Resume World-Class Fusion Research Later This FallExternal link

After more than six years of planning and construction — including three years of building and 574,000 hours of labor — the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) is ready to play a critical role in the quest to develop fusion energy as a clean, safe and virtually limitless fuel for generating electricity. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.28.15From the Labs

A Different Type of 2D SemiconductorExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have successfully grown atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from solution. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.25.15From the Labs

Citizen Scientists Published for Potential Discovery of New Gravitational LensesExternal link

Space Warps, a citizen-science project led by Phil Marshall, principle investigator for the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, is enabling amateur astronomers to make lasting discoveries. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.25.15From the Labs

ORNL Demonstrates Road to Supercapacitors for Scrap TiresExternal link

Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a technology developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Drexel University. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.25.15User Facility

Organics Energize Solar Cell ResearchExternal link

Scientists from Tulane University are using Mira to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar cells. ALCF staff helped accelerate their research by enhancing the team’s code so simulations run up to 30 percent faster on the supercomputer. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.24.15From the Labs

Muon G-2 Magnet Successfully Cooled Down and Powered UpExternal link

It survived a month-long journey over 3200 miles, and now the delicate and complex electromagnet is well on its way to exploring the unknown. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.24.15User Facility

NSLS-II Scientists Find Flexible Boundary Between Phases of Matter Within Supercritical FluidsExternal link

Physicists at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)—a Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory—led a study to better understand the nature of the boundary between phases and the behavior of supercritical fluids, using high-energy x-rays to examine the atomic structures of supercritical fluids at different temperatures and pressures. Read MoreExternal linkage

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