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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

07.29.16User Facility

ORNL Computational Resources and Experts Support Cancer Moonshot InitiativeExternal link

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will add its computational know-how to the battle against cancer through several new projects recently announced at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.29.16User Facility

Teasing Out the Microbiome of the Kansas PrairieExternal link

In one of the most in-depth looks to-date at a soil metagenome — all the genetic material recovered from a sample of soil — a PNNL team has reconstructed portions of the genomes of 129 species of microbes, the first steps in identifying the genomes of the estimated 100,000 species in the sample. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.29.16User Facility

Diamonds Help Generate New Record for Static Pressures for StudyExternal link

An international team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory has devised a method for achieving static pressures vastly higher than any previously reached. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.28.16User Facility

Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Have Allure for Biofuel and Chemical ProductionExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from several other institutions found that Synechococcus 7003, commonly called a form of blue-green algae, is an attractive target for scientists and engineers trying to create better, less expensive biofuels or develop tools for churning out custom chemicals. Read MoreExternal linkage