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09.12.16From the Labs

PPPL Researchers Successfully Test New Device that Analyzes the Surfaces of Tokamak Components within a VacuumExternal link

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have successfully tested a new device that will lead to a better understanding of the interactions between ultrahot plasma contained within fusion facilities and the materials inside those facilities. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.12.16User Facility

Two Protein Studies Discover Molecular Secrets to Recycling Carbon and Healing CellsExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory have mapped out two very different types of protein. One helps soil bacteria digest carbon compounds; the other protects cells from the effects of harmful molecules. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.09.16User Facility

Electron Beam Microscope Directly Writes Nanoscale Features in Liquid with Metal InkExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the first to harness a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) to directly write tiny patterns in metallic “ink,” forming features in liquid that are finer than half the width of a human hair. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.08.16User Facility

In Search of a SignalExternal link

A research team from Argonne National Laboratory and McGill University is performing simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, to construct cosmological maps that will help improve the analysis of data from two of the world’s most powerful astronomical instruments, the Dark Energy Survey and the South Pole Telescope. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.07.16User Facility

How Fungi Help Trees Tolerate DroughtExternal link

An international team of researchers found specific adaptations in the C. geophilum transcriptome – the set of its messenger RNA molecules that reflects actual biochemical activity by the fungus – that could help their hosts be more resistant to drought stress, a finding that could be useful in developing more plant feedstocks for bioenergy amidst the changing climate. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.07.16Press Release

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Announces $39.8 Million in First-Round Application Development Awards.pdf file (282KB)

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) today announced its first round of funding with the selection of 15 application development proposals for full funding and seven proposals for seed funding, representing teams from 45 research and academic organizations. Read More »


Award-Winning Students Continue 25-Year Tradition of Pursuing Fusion at General AtomicsExternal link

General Atomics said farewell to ten summer interns who completed the prestigious Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and thanked them for their diligence and ingenuity as they worked on experiments at both GA's Inertial Fusion Technologies program and the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, the nation's largest magnetic fusion energy facility. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.06.16From the Labs

New Perovskite Research Discoveries May Lead to Solar Cell and LED AdvancesExternal link

Lead-halide perovskites have become one of the most promising semiconductors for solar cells due to their low cost, easier processability, and high power conversion efficiencies. Scientists at the Ames Laboratory found that there can be significant impurities or “dopants” permeating the material, which could significantly affect the material’s chemistry, moisture stability, and transport properties - depending on how the material is made. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.02.16User Facility

SLAC and Stanford Team Finds a Tough New Catalyst for Use in Renewable Fuels ProductionExternal link

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a tough new catalyst that carries out a solar-powered reaction 100 times faster than ever before, works better as time goes on and stands up to acid. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.02.16From the Labs

Blowing Bubbles to Catch Carbon DioxideExternal link

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have created a powerful new way to capture carbon dioxide from coal- and gas-fired electricity plants with a bubble-like membrane that harnesses the power of nature to reduce CO2 emissions efficiently. Read MoreExternal linkage

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