Science Headlines

12.04.12Announcement

Enrico Fermi Award Nominations

The Office of Science is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Enrico Fermi Award. Read More »

11.29.12FROM THE LABS

X-ray Laser Helps Fight Sleeping SicknessExternal link

An international group of scientists working at the Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has mapped a weak spot in the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness, pinpointing a promising new target for treating a disease that kills tens of thousands of people each year.

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11.28.12FROM THE LABS

DOE researchers advance scientific computing with record-setting simulationsExternal link

Breaking new ground for scientific computing, two teams of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists have for the first time exceeded a sustained performance level of 10 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second) on the Sequoia supercomputer at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

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11.27.12FROM THE LABS

ORNL recipe for oxide interface perfection opens path to novel materialsExternal link

By tweaking the formula for growing oxide thin films, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory achieved virtual perfection at the interface of two insulator materials. Read More »

11.26.12FROM THE LABS

Fermilab's first physics slam a smash hitExternal link

Five scientists spent a Friday night on stage competing to see who could best convey the fun of particle physics. Read More »

11.20.12FROM THE LABS

How to make a Neutrino BeamExternal link

Neutrinos are elusive particles that are difficult to study, yet they may help explain some of the biggest mysteries of our universe. Using accelerators to make neutrino beams, scientists are unveiling the neutrinos’ secrets. Read More »

11.14.12FROM THE LABS

Study Provides Recipe for 'Supercharging' Atoms with X-ray LaserExternal link

Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a “supercharged,” strongly positive state at energies previously thought too low. Read More »

11.05.12FROM THE LABS

You pick the winner in the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series’ first Physics Slam on Nov. 16External link

On Nov. 16, five of Fermilab’s best and brightest will duke it out in the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series’ first ever Physics Slam. It’s similar to a poetry slam – each of the five physicists will get 12 minutes to explain a complex scientific concept to the audience in the most clear and entertaining way possible. Read More »

10.31.12FROM THE LABS

ORNL Debuts Titan SupercomputerExternal link

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new era of scientific supercomputing with Titan, a system capable of churning through more than 20,000 trillion calculations each second—or 20 petaflops. Read More »

10.25.12FROM THE LABS

Measuring Table-Top Accelerators’ State-of-the-Art BeamsExternal link

Studies by Berkeley Lab scientists of electron beam quality in laser plasma accelerators include novel tests for slice-energy spread.
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