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07.22.15USER FACILITY

Simulations Lead to Design of Near-Frictionless MaterialExternal link

Argonne scientists used Mira to identify and improve a new mechanism for eliminating friction, which fed into the development of a hybrid material that exhibited superlubricity at the macroscale for the first time. Read More »

07.22.15USER FACILITY

Cleaning Up Bunker Oil with White Rot FungiExternal link

Researchers at the DOE Joint Genome Institute evaluate how fungi better known for breaking down plant biomass do in a bioremediation application. Read More »

07.21.15USER FACILITY

New Technique to Synthesize Nanostructured NanowiresExternal link

A new approach to self-assemble and tailor complex structures at the nanoscale, developed by an international collaboration led by the University of Cambridge and IBM, using the facilities at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials, opens opportunities to tailor properties and functionalities of materials for a wide range of semiconductor device applications. Read More »

07.20.15FROM THE LABS

Perovskite Solar Technology Shows Quick Energy ReturnsExternal link

A joint study by Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University found that perovskite-based solar technology has the quickest energy payback time of all current solar technologies. Read More »

07.20.15FROM THE LABS

Scientists Hijack Light-Loving Bacteria to Make High-Value ProductsExternal link

Scientists at PNNL and the Colorado School of Mines have directed a common bacterium to produce more of a valuable fatty acid, lauric acid, than it typically does. Read More »

07.17.15USER FACILITY

Unearthing Cornerstones in Root MicrobiomesExternal link

Scientists from the University of North Carolina, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and DOE’s Joint Genome Institute are developing a better understanding of the soil microbes that important for plant growth, and of how they interact through a variety of signals, including regulatory chemicals called phytohormones. Read More »

07.16.15FROM THE LABS

Closer Look at Microorganism Provides Insight on Carbon CyclingExternal link

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee found that microorganisms called archaea living in marine sediments use completely novel enzymes to break down organic matter into carbon dioxide. Read More »

07.15.15FROM THE LABS

Air Pollution Amplified Extreme Weather, Floods in ChinaExternal link

Following the trail of the 2013 Sichuan flood in southwest China, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their collaborators found that heavy human-caused air pollution over the Sichuan Basin just upwind contributed to the catastrophic flood. Read More »

07.14.15FROM THE LABS

Gut Microbes Enable Coffee Pest to Withstand Extremely Toxic Concentrations of CaffeineExternal link

Research by Berkeley Lab and the U.S. Department of Agriculture could lead to new ways to fight beetle that devastates coffee crops worldwide. Read More »

07.14.15FROM THE LABS

Blazing Trails at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)External link

New video gives an inside look at how scientists are using the CFN’s state-of-the-art facilities to explore phenomena hidden on the nanoscale. Read More »