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On the Way to Multiband Solar CellsExternal link

Researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division are working to understand and develop a modified solar cell structure that would capture a wider range of available energies across the solar spectrum. Read MoreExternal linkage


Microbes Map Path Toward Renewable Energy FutureExternal link

In the quest for renewable fuels, scientists are taking lessons from a humble bacterium that fills our oceans and covers moist surfaces the world over. When blue-green algae captures light to make food using photosynthesis, scientists have found that it simultaneously uses the energy from that captured light to produce hydrogen. Read MoreExternal linkage


Atoms to EnginesExternal link

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, FCA US LLC, and the foundry giant, Nemak of Mexico, are combining their strengths to create lightweight powertrain materials that will help the auto industry speed past the technological roadblocks to its target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Read MoreExternal linkage


PPPL Physicists Find Clue to Formation of Magnetic Fields Around Stars and GalaxiesExternal link

Physicists Jonathan Squire and Amitava Bhattacharjee at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found a clue to the answer in the collective behavior of small magnetic disturbances. Read MoreExternal linkage


CinderBio Harnesses Extreme Microbes for Greener IndustryExternal link

Basic biology research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has led to the formation of Cinder Biological, or CinderBio, a startup company producing a new class of enzymes made from microbes that thrive in hot volcanic waters. Read MoreExternal linkage


Titan Takes on EarthquakesExternal link

A team led by Thomas Jordan of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), headquartered at the University of Southern California (USC), is using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop physics-based earthquake simulations to better understand earthquake systems, including the potential seismic hazards from known faults and the impact of strong ground motions on urban areas. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.10.15User Facility

ESnet and NERSC Blaze 400G Production Network PathExternal link

The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network. Read MoreExternal linkage


Visualizing Single Cell Growth DynamicsExternal link

As part of the Mesoscale to Molecules In-situ Bioimaging project at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research, researchers from PNNL and EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, constructed a microfluidic device consisting of separate channels for growing individual hyphae—the long, branching, filamentous units making up fungi. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.10.15From the Labs

New Electron Microscopy Method Sculpts 3-D Structures at Atomic LevelExternal link

Electron microscopy researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a unique way to build 3-D structures with finely controlled shapes as small as one to two billionths of a meter. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.09.15From the Labs

Pumping Water for Irrigation Likely to Increase Drought Vulnerability in Certain Regions, PNNL Shows Via Modeling ExpertiseExternal link

Regions that depend primarily on irrigation from surface water will be more vulnerable to drought as the impacts of irrigation on water supply are most significant during times with low water flow, according to climate modeling research from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage