Science Headlines

02.17.16User Facility

Software Optimized on Mira Advances Design of Mini-Proteins for Medicines and MaterialsExternal link

University of Washington (UW) researchers are using one of the nation's most powerful supercomputers, the 10-petaflop/s Mira at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), to improve their software for designing protein structures to likewise virtually design and test mini-proteins called peptides. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.16.16User Facility

Physicists Zoom in on Gluons' Contribution to Proton SpinExternal link

By analyzing the highest-energy proton collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle collider at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, nuclear physicists have gotten a glimpse of how a multitude of gluons that individually carry very little of the protons’ overall momentum contribute to the protons’ spin. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.16.16From the Labs

A New Spin on Quantum Computing: Scientists Train Electrons with MicrowavesExternal link

An international research team, which included scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrated how to dramatically increase the coupling of microwaves in a specially designed superconducting cavity to a fundamental electron property called spin—which, like a coin, can be flipped. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.16.16From the Labs

Daya Bay Discovers a MismatchExternal link

Daya Bay scientists provided the most precise measurement ever of the neutrino spectrum—that is, the number of neutrinos produced at different energies—at nuclear reactors. The experiment also precisely measured the flux, the total number of neutrinos emitted. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.12.16User Facility

Graphene Leans on Glass to Advance ElectronicsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University (SBU), and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute have developed a simple and powerful method for creating resilient, customized, and high-performing graphene: layering it on top of common glass. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.12.16From the Labs

‘Lasers Rewired’: Scientists Find a New Way to Make Nanowire LasersExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have found a simple new way to produce nanoscale wires that can serve as tiny, tunable lasers. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.11.16From the Labs

SLAC X-ray Laser Turns Crystal Imperfections into Better Images of Important BiomoleculesExternal link

A new study of imperfect crystals at SLAC’s LCLS X-ray laser has shown that the imperfections can be exploited to obtain much higher-resolution images than with conventional methods. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.11.16From the Labs

Scientists Take Nanoparticle SnapshotsExternal link

An international team of researchers led by X-ray scientist Christoph Bostedt of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory and Tais Gorkhover of DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used two special lasers to observe the dynamics of a small sample of xenon as it was heated to a plasma. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.11.16User Facility

AWARE Project Launched to Gain New Insights on Climate of AntarcticaExternal link

Late last year, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, working with a group led by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, embarked on a new project that will lead to a better understanding of how much of the sun’s light and the atmosphere’s heat radiation reach the Antarctic surface—variables that affect temperature patterns and ice melt throughout the region. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.09.16User Facility

MAGIC Continues to Inspire InsightsExternal link

Researchers from multiple institutions are using the data obtain through MAGIC – the sea voyages in 2012 and 2013 that took continuous measurements of clouds and precipitation, aerosols, and atmospheric radiation from radiosondes launched by weather balloons every 6 hours over 200 days at sea – and improving our understanding of marine clouds. Read MoreExternal linkage