Science Headlines

05.26.15FROM THE LABS

Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts SuperconductivityExternal link

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories describe atomic-level flyovers that show how impact sites of high-energy ions pin potentially disruptive vortices to keep high-current superconductivity flowing. Read More »

05.26.15FROM THE LABS

Scientists Mix Matter and Anti-Matter to Resolve Decade-Old Proton PuzzleExternal link

According to Jefferson Lab researchers, the differences in the measurements of the proton’s electric form factor, which provides information on how quarks are distributed inside the proton, can be accounted for by the two-photon effect. Read More »

05.26.15FROM THE LABS

Slip Sliding Away: Graphene and Diamonds Prove a Slippery CombinationExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of “superlubricity.” Read More »

05.22.15FROM THE LABS

A Little Drop Will Do It: Tiny Grains of Lithium Can Dramatically Improve the Performance of Fusion PlasmasExternal link

Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered a phenomenon that helps them to improve fusion plasmas, a finding that may quicken the development of fusion energy. Read More »

05.22.15FROM THE LABS

Land Management Practices to Become Important as Biofuels Use GrowsExternal link

The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to a recently published study led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read More »

05.21.15FROM THE LABS

Defects Can “Hulk-Up” MaterialsExternal link

In a study at Berkeley Lab, exposure to alpha-particle radiation has been shown to transform certain thermoelectric materials into far more powerful versions of themselves. Read More »

05.21.15PRESS RELEASE

Energy Secretary Moniz Announces 2014 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award Winners

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced nine exceptional U.S. scientists and engineers as recipients of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for their contributions in research and development that supports the Energy Department’s science, energy and national security missions. Read More »

05.20.15USER FACILITY

Shape-Shifting PlasticExternal link

A new plastic developed by ORNL and Washington State University can transform from its original shape through a series of temporary shapes and returns to its initial form. The shape-shifting process is controlled through changes in temperature. Read More »

05.20.15FROM THE LABS

Clouds' Role in Sunlight StoppingExternal link

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers used long-term observations to show that the sunlight stopping power of each type of typical tropical cloud and how frequently they occur must be accurately simulated in climate models. Read More »

05.19.15USER FACILITY

Brookhaven Lab's Accelerator Test Facility Named a DOE Office of Science User FacilityExternal link

New designation of Brookhaven National Laboratory's ATF coincides with major facility upgrades and expansions to accommodate the growing demand of users from industry and academia. Read More »