Science Headlines

02.24.16User Facility

New Way to Reduce Plant Lignin Could Lead to Cheaper BiofuelsExternal link

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Joint BioEnergy Institute have shown for the first time that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.24.16User Facility

Making Military Vehicle Armor Stronger and Safer with NeutronsExternal link

Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Materials Science and Technology Division, and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, are studying welded armor and testing a new weld wire using neutron diffraction at the HB-2B beam line of the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.23.16User Facility

PPPL Researchers Advance Understanding of Plasma Turbulence that Drains Heat from Fusion ReactorsExternal link

A team of researchers - using the spherical tokamak at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the computers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center - has shown that a steep density gradient can reduce the strength of electron turbulence so that less heat escapes from the plasma, making the fusion reactor more efficient. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.23.16From the Labs

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth in Switchgrass CropsExternal link

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are exploring how grasses, and switchgrass in particular, can enrich the nation's biofuel supply, which is currently dominated by corn, a crop relatively easy to convert to biofuel but also in demand for food, livestock feed and industrial products. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.23.16User Facility

Updated Workflows for New LHCExternal link

Berkeley Lab scientists contribute to new software that helps physics maximize next-generation supercomputing architectures. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.22.16From the Labs

Developing the Digital Safeguard That Protects the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade at PPPLExternal link

To safeguard the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade - the most powerful spherical tokamak in the world - engineers have designed, built, tested and installed a state-of-the-art system consisting of hardware, software and a network of fiber-optic cables that all work together checking critical variables during each NSTX-U shot at a rate of 1,200 times every 200 microseconds. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.22.16User Facility

New Iron Oxides Point to an Oxygen Source Inside the EarthExternal link

Using three synchrotron x-ray light sources, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS), an Office of Science user facility at Argonne, scientists have discovered two new iron oxides. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.19.16User Facility

Putting the Squeeze on Porous MaterialsExternal link

Compression of crystals of synthetic, porous materials by researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS), an Office of Science user facility, has revealed new insights into how these materials with a range of applications behave under pressure, which could allow scientists to fine tune their properties for industrial, medical and fuel-storage use. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.19.16Press Release

President Obama Honors Extraordinary Early-Career ScientistsExternal link

President Obama today named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.18.16From the Labs

Biofuel Researchers Employ Titan to Probe ‘Lignin Shield’External link

Recent advancements in biofuel research, including research conducted at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC), have rekindled the dream of economically viable ethanol. Read MoreExternal linkage