Science Headlines

09.21.15From the Labs

DESI, an Ambitious Probe of Dark Energy, Achieves its Next Major MilestoneExternal link

The Department of Energy has announced its approval of Critical Decision 2 for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, authorizing the project’s scientific scope, schedule, and funding profile. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.21.15From the Labs

The Rise of X-Ray Beam ChemistryExternal link

A team of physicists and geochemists at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that instead of just passively observing surface reactions of minerals, they can use X-rays to create the conditions by which reactions happen while simultaneously observing them. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.18.15From the Labs

Sizing Up CyclonesExternal link

With a new formula developed by a team of researchers led by PNNL, scientists can now double the accuracy of forecasting the rate at which tropical cyclones intensify. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.18.15From the Labs

Nano-Trapped Molecules are Potential Path to Quantum DevicesExternal link

A team composed of Ali Passian of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Marouane Salhi and George Siopsis of the University of Tennessee describes conceptually how physicists may be able to exploit a molecule’s energy to advance a number of fields. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.17.15From the Labs

First Users Usher in Science at the National Synchrotron Light Source IIExternal link

The first scientific and industrial researchers ran their experiments this summer, and the fall scientific slate is filling up at the new synchrotron. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.17.15User Facility

Costly CrumblingExternal link

Scientists are using the Mira supercomputer at Argonne to simulate how silica bonds break, which may lead to the development of both safer and more environmentally-friendly mining techniques, and tough new configurations for dental implants, electronics and construction equipment. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.16.15User Facility

Good Is Not Enough: Improving Measurements of Atmospheric ParticlesExternal link

A research team led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed an approach that links the scattering coefficient, a measure of how much tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere scatter sunlight, with other particle properties. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.15.15User Facility

Scientists Use Lasers to Simulate Shock Effects of Meteorite Impact on SilicaExternal link

Scientists used high-power laser beams at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simulate the shock effects of a meteorite impact in silica, one of the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.14.15From the Labs

Team Announces Breakthrough Observation of Mott Transition in a SuperconductorExternal link

An international team of researchers, including the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, announced today in Science the observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.14.15User Facility

Nocturnal Storm Chasers Collect “Fantastic” Data Set to Improve ForecastsExternal link

Through this past summer’s PECAN (Plains Elevated Convection at Night) campaign, a large collaboration of scientists spent their nights gathering data about unpredictable storms on the Great Plains, hoping to improve weather forecasts, keep people safer and allow everyone to get a better night’s sleep. Read MoreExternal linkage

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