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03.18.16User Facility

Replacement for Silicon Devices Looms Big with ORNL DiscoveryExternal link

Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.18.16User Facility

New Carbon Capture Membrane Boasts CO2 HighwaysExternal link

A new, highly permeable carbon capture membrane developed by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could lead to more efficient ways of separating carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust, preventing the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.17.16From the Labs

Dusting for the Fingerprint of Inflation with BICEP3External link

The BICEP3 project and the Keck Array assembly has just begun collecting data, covering a wider spectrum of light and measuring the properties of light left over from the first 380,000 years of history after the big bang. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.17.16From the Labs

‘Disruptive Device’ Brings Xenon-NMR to Fragile MaterialsExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a device that enables NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy, coupled with a powerful molecular sensor, to analyze molecular interactions in viscous solutions and fragile materials such as liquid crystals. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.17.16User Facility

Solving the Mystery of the Tully MonsterExternal link

With the help of Argonne scientists and the immense power of the Advanced Photon Source, a team of Yale University researchers have solved the mystery of the Tully Monster, an oddly configured sea creature with teeth at the end of a narrow, trunk-like extension of its head and eyes that perch on either side of a long rigid bar. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.16.16User Facility

Advanced Energy Storage Material Gets Unprecedented Nanoscale AnalysisExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined advanced in-situ microscopy and theoretical calculations to uncover important clues to the properties of a promising next-generation energy storage material for supercapacitors and batteries. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.16.16User Facility

Compressing Turbulence to Improve Inertial Confinement Fusion ExperimentsExternal link

Findings by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University’s Department of Astrophysical Sciences indicate that fluid turbulence could have a surprisingly positive impact on inertial confinement fusion experiments. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.16.16User Facility

New Microwave Imaging Approach Opens a Nanoscale View on Processes in LiquidsExternal link

U.S. government nanotechnology researchers have demonstrated a new window to view what are now mostly clandestine operations occurring in soggy, inhospitable realms of the nanoworld—technologically and medically important processes that occur at boundaries between liquids and solids, such as in batteries or along cell membranes. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.15.16User Facility

New ORNL Method Could Unleash Solar Power PotentialExternal link

Measurement and data analysis techniques developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could provide new insight into performance-robbing flaws in crystalline structures, ultimately improving the performance of solar cells. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.15.16User Facility

Microbes May Not Be So Adaptable to Climate ChangeExternal link

Microbes in soil — organisms that exert enormous influence over our planet's carbon cycle — may not be as adaptable to climate change as most scientists have presumed, according to a study done at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage