Science Headlines

08.11.15From the Labs

Critical Materials Institute Rare-Earth Recycling Invention Licensed to U.S Rare EarthsExternal link

A new technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute that aids in the recycling, recovery and extraction of rare earth minerals has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.10.15From the Labs

New ORNL Hybrid Microscope Offers Unparalleled CapabilitiesExternal link

A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface.
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08.10.15User Facility

Warning Area in Arctic Airspace to Aid Research and ExplorationExternal link

Scientists at the Atmospheric Measurement Climate Research Facility are working with personnel from the Federal Aviation Administration in the stewardship of a protected area of airspace, in order to gather data on clouds and atmospheric constituents and track the movement of retreating sea ice. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.10.15From the Labs

Copper Clusters Capture and Convert Carbon Dioxide to Make FuelExternal link

A copper tetramer catalyst created by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory may help capture and convert carbon dioxide in a way that ultimately saves energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.07.15User Facility

ALCF Selects Projects for Theta Early Science ProgramExternal link

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, has selected six projects for its Theta Early Science Program (ESP), a collaborative effort designed to help prepare scientific applications for the architecture and scale of the new supercomputer. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.07.15From the Labs

Fermilab Experiment Sees Neutrinos Change Over 500 MilesExternal link

Scientists on the NOvA experiment saw their first evidence of oscillating neutrinos, confirming that the extraordinary detector built for the project not only functions as planned but is also making great progress toward its goal of a major leap in our understanding of these ghostly particles. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.06.15From the Labs

Protective Shells May Boost Silicon Lithium-Ion BatteriesExternal link

Researchers at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory are working to develop lithium-ion batteries containing silicon-based materials. Scientists are interested in silicon because it can store roughly 10 times more lithium than the graphite in today’s batteries, leading to more energy stored. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.06.15User Facility

Keeping Algae from Stressing OutExternal link

Scientists at the DOE Joint Genome Institute are stressing algae - by starving them of nitrogen or sulfur - to study their genome for the factors that regulate lipid production, a possible step towards large-scale biofuel production. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.06.15From the Labs

IceCube Sees Highest-Energy Neutrino Ever FoundExternal link

IceCube scientists reported the observation of an even higher-energy neutrino event, one that offers scientists the best hope yet that they will be able to use ultra-high-energy neutrinos to find the source of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.05.15From the Labs

Berkeley Lab Spinoff Company Makes Fast, Accurate Nanoscale SensorExternal link

Optokey’s “biochemical nose” can be used in food safety, medical diagnosis, chemical analysis, and a wide array of other fields. Read MoreExternal linkage