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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


U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 33 R&D 100 Awards for 2015External link

The R&D 100 awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of Innovation,” are given annually in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year. Read MoreExternal linkage


Supercomputing the Strange Difference Between Matter and AntimatterExternal link

An international team of physicists including theorists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has published the first calculation of direct "CP" symmetry violation—how the behavior of subatomic particles (in this case, the decay of kaons) differs when matter is swapped out for antimatter. Read MoreExternal linkage


ORNL Microscopy Captures Real-Time View of Evolving Fuel Cell CatalystsExternal link

Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies. Read MoreExternal linkage


Q&A: SLAC Theorist Lance Dixon Explains Quantum GravityExternal link

The force of gravity at the subatomic scale does not fit Einstein’s general theory of relativity - gravity on a larger scale. Lance Dixon of Stanford University and the DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Lab explains one approach to developing an applicable theory, called quantum gravity, to combine Einstein’s theory with quantum mechanics. Read MoreExternal linkage


A History of Phage-Host Interactions With Help From CRISPRsExternal link

Using metagenomic datasets produced from the Iron Mountain site in Northern California and customized tools, researchers used bacterial spacer sequences commonly called CRISPRs to link phage and hosts in ecological studies. Read MoreExternal linkage


Quantum Spin Could Create Unstoppable, One-Dimensional Electron WavesExternal link

A pair of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich have proposed the first solution to such subatomic stoppage: a novel way to create a more robust electron wave by binding together the electron's direction of movement and its spin. Read MoreExternal linkage

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