Science Headlines

01.21.16User Facility

Explore Galaxies Far, Far Away at Internet SpeedsExternal link

Scientists have released an “expansion pack” for a virtual tour of the universe that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own computer. The latest version of the publicly accessible images of the sky, which can be viewed using an interactive Sky Viewer tool, roughly doubles the size of the searchable universe from the project’s original release in May. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.21.16From the Labs

National Lab Facility Staff and DOE Computer Scientists Collaborate on Projects to Speed Up Experimental Data AnalysisExternal link

In early December, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory hosted the first in a series of week-long “hackathons,” a code brainstorming session attended by nearly 40 computer scientists and software developers from several DOE Office of Science User Facilities, including those at Argonne, Berkeley, Oak Ridge and SLAC national laboratories. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.21.16From the Labs

Microbes Take Their Vitamins – For the Good of ScienceExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have made a "vitamin mimic" — a molecule that looks and acts just like the natural vitamin to bacteria, but can be tracked and measured by scientists in live cells. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.20.16User Facility

A Respiratory Virus Provides Clues to Possible TreatmentsExternal link

Purdue University researchers, working at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source, have revealed the structure and function of an enterovirus - by itself and when bound to an anti-viral drug. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.20.16User Facility

ORNL Researchers Use Neutrons to Gain Insight Into Battery InefficiencyExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are improving the lifetimes of rechargeable batteries that run on lithium, a small atom that can pack tightly into graphite anode materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.20.16From the Labs

Seeing the Big Picture in Photosynthetic Light HarvestingExternal link

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have created the first computational model that simulates the light-harvesting activity of the thousands of antenna proteins that would be interacting in the chloroplast of an actual leaf. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.19.16From the Labs

Dark Energy Survey Releases Early DataExternal link

Catalogs of galaxies and stars derived from the data collected during that Science Verification season (November 2012 to February 2013) have been released to the public. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.19.16From the Labs

Livermore Scientists Find Global Ocean Warming has Doubled in Recent DecadesExternal link

Lawrence Livermore scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, have found that half of the global ocean heat content increase since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.19.16User Facility

Instrument Expands X-Ray Laser’s Capability and Flexibility for Biological ExperimentsExternal link

For the first time in three years, LCLS has added a new instrument to its set of experimental stations. Staff from Stanford and SLAC gathered on Jan. 12 in the X-ray laser’s Far Experimental Hall to celebrate the arrival of the first X-rays in the brand new MFX hutch. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.15.16From the Labs

Creating an Electrical Conduit Using Two InsulatorsExternal link

Created by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Minnesota, a specially designed junction between two insulators surprisingly yields a densely packed sheet of electrons. Read MoreExternal linkage