Science Headlines

11.30.16From the Labs

'Tennessine' Acknowledges State Institutions' Roles in Element's DiscoveryExternal link

The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.29.16From the Labs

Ultrafast Imaging Reveals Existence of 'Polarons'External link

A team led by physicist Yimei Zhu at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has produced definitive evidence that the movement of electrons has a direct effect on atomic arrangements, driving deformations in a material's 3D crystalline lattice in ways that can drastically alter the flow of current. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.29.16From the Labs

Research Planned for Unique Spinning Nuclei Nets PrizeExternal link

Elena Long, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of New Hampshire, has been awarded the 2016 Jefferson Science Associates Postdoctoral Research Prize of $10,000 for her plans to build and test a new kind of target that will allow scientists to explore the physics of spinning nuclei. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.28.16From the Labs

Genes and Early Environment Sculpt the Gut MicrobiomeExternal link

Findings by a team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) represent an attempt to untangle the forces that shape the gut microbiome, which plays an important role in keeping us healthy. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.23.16User Facility

Scientists Trace ‘Poisoning’ in Chemical Reactions to the Atomic ScaleExternal link

Researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. This disruption to reactions is known as deactivation or poisoning. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.23.16From the Labs

PPPL and Princeton Researchers Propose an Explanation for the Mysterious Onset of a Universal ProcessExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University have proposed a groundbreaking solution to a mystery that has puzzled physicists for decades. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.23.16From the Labs

Ames Laboratory Scientists Create New Compound, First Intermetallic Double Salt With PlatinumExternal link

Materials researchers Anja-Verena Mudring and Volodymyr Smetana were the first to create and accurately characterize the compound. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.22.16User Facility

NSLS-II User Profiles: Sana Rani & Alicia BroderickExternal link

Sana Rani and Alicia Broderick are Ph.D. students in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Delaware. During an experiment conducted at NSLS-II's Coherent Soft X-Ray 2 (CSX-2) beamline earlier this year, they studied the compound zinc oxide. NSLS-II is a User Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.22.16From the Labs

New Tabletop Technique Probes Outermost Electrons of Atoms Deep Inside SolidsExternal link

Scientists at the Stanford PULSE Institute have invented a new way to probe the valence electrons of atoms deep inside a crystalline solid, using laser light to excite, steer, and bounce the valence electrons off other atoms, giving clues to the material’s atomic structure and function. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.21.16From the Labs

A New Understanding of Metastability Clears Path for Next-Generation MaterialsExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have published a new study that, for the first time, explicitly quantifies the thermodynamic scale of metastability for almost 30,000 known materials. Read MoreExternal linkage