Science Headlines

08.04.16User Facility

ORNL Optimizes Formula For Cadmium-Tellurium Solar CellsExternal link

Solar cells based on cadmium and tellurium could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of some sleuthing by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.03.16From the Labs

Physicist Trio Amplifies SLAC Research on Mysterious Forms of MatterExternal link

SLAC scientists develop methods to study neutrinos from star explosions and search for unknown particles and forces with possible ties to dark matter. Read MoreExternal linkage


Susan Hogle: Coming Full Circle, From Nuclear Waste to Isotope ProductionExternal link

Susan Hogle has spent the last several years working to improve the production of radioisotopes, particularly californium-252. But not long ago, the native of Napanee, Canada, was working on the opposite task—researching how to dispose of nuclear material. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.03.16User Facility

Scientists Model the "Flicker" of Gluons in Subatomic SmashupsExternal link

Scientists exploring the dynamic behavior of particles emerging from subatomic smashups at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)—a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility for nuclear physics research at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory—are increasingly interested in the role of gluons. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.02.16From the Labs

PPPL Researchers Combine Quantum Mechanics and Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity to Clear Up Puzzles in Plasma PhysicsExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a theory of plasma waves that can infer these properties in greater detail than in standard approaches. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.02.16User Facility

ORNL-led Study Analyzes Electric Grid Vulnerabilities in Extreme Weather AreasExternal link

Climate and energy scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to pinpoint which electrical service areas will be most vulnerable as populations grow and temperatures rise. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.02.16From the Labs

Fermilab Bids a Fond Farewell to MINOSExternal link

After more than a decade of running, on June 29, the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search experiment and its second iteration, MINOS+, concluded their runs. MINOS was the first of its kind at Fermilab, a high-power experiment that shot a beam of neutrinos through two detectors spaced hundreds of miles apart. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.01.16User Facility

SLAC X-ray Studies Help NASA Develop Printable Electronics for Mars MissionExternal link

With help at SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, scientists create plasma-printed sensors to monitor astronaut health on long space trips. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.01.16From the Labs

A New Leaf: Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into FuelExternal link

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into a usable energy source by using sunlight. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.01.16User Facility

Study Finds Molecular Switch That Triggers Bacterial PathogenicityExternal link

Using an array of high-powered X-ray imaging techniques, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) showed that histone-like proteins that bind to DNA are related to the physical twisting of the genetic strand, and that the supercoiling of the chromosome can trigger the expression of genes that make a microbe invasive. Read MoreExternal linkage