Science Headlines

10.29.15From the Labs

New ORNL Catalyst Features Unsurpassed SelectivityExternal link

Catalyst developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and highlighted in a paper published in Nature Communications features unprecedented selectivity and a conversion rate nearly twice that of conventional catalysts. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.29.15From the Labs

Scientists Call for National Effort to Understand and Harness Earth’s Microbes for Health, Energy, Agriculture, and EnvironmentExternal link

To understand and harness the capabilities of Earth’s microbial ecosystems, nearly fifty scientists from Department of Energy national laboratories, universities, and research institutions have proposed a national effort called the Unified Microbiome Initiative. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.28.15From the Labs

Keys to Access: Argonne-INCREASE Partnership Opens Doors to CollaborationExternal link

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory is working to connect minority serving institutions with the facilities, tools and expertise at the lab by partnering with the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Education and Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE). Read MoreExternal linkage

10.28.15From the Labs

Unraveling the Complex, Intertwined Electron Phases in a SuperconductorExternal link

A team led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cornell University has characterized a key arrangement of electrons in a high-temperature superconductor, a material that can conduct electricity with almost no energy loss without being ultra-chilled. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.26.15From the Labs

Seeking Better BiofuelsExternal link

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a bustling hub of 150 scientists and staff, are working with the basics of plant biology to make fuels with molecules that have never been fuels before. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.23.15Article

Departments of Agriculture, Energy Partner to Award $4.9 Million for Bioenergy ResearchExternal link

The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s initiative to broaden and diversify America’s energy portfolio and increase the development of new clean energy technologies and enhance rural economies. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.23.15From the Labs

California 2100: More Frequent and More Severe Droughts and Floods LikelyExternal link

A study published in Nature Communications suggests that the weather patterns known as El Nino and La Nina could lead to at least a doubling of extreme droughts and floods in California later this century. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.23.15From the Labs

Exciting Breakthrough in 2D LasersExternal link

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) embedded a monolayer of tungsten disulfide into a special microdisk resonator to achieve bright excitonic lasing at visible light wavelengths. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.22.15From the Labs

Studies Reveal a Unified Approach to Combating Several Bacterial DiseasesExternal link

Researchers at the University of Texas, the University of Connecticut, and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory have discovered structural similarities among bacteria of various types that create the possibility of using similar approaches to fight the infections they cause. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.22.15User Facility

‘Molecular Accordion’ Drives Thermoelectric Behavior in Promising MaterialExternal link

A team of scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explored the fundamental physics of the world’s best thermoelectric material—tin selenide—using neutron scattering and computer simulations. Read MoreExternal linkage