Science Headlines

10.09.15From the Labs

Laser Spectroscopy of Ultrathin Semiconductor Reveals Rise of ‘Trion’ QuasiparticlesExternal link

Insights by Oak Ridge scientists into the dynamics of these exotic-sounding particles may spur real-life applications such as improved materials for solar energy and quantum computing. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.09.15From the Labs

SLAC Experiment Finds Key to Natural Detoxifier’s ReactivityExternal link

Researchers working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered that a mere 9-trillionths-of-a-meter reduction in the length of a chemical bond dramatically boosts the reactivity of a family of molecules that helps keep humans and many other organisms healthy. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.09.15From the Labs

Mapping the Protein UniverseExternal link

A collaboration of scientists from five national laboratories – led by Argonne – are building a computer program to provide researchers with an extensive library of proteins in order to better understand how they interact; ultimately being able to pull in basic data about DNA sequences and turning them into a complete set of good predictions about proteins and their potential functions. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.08.15From the Labs

Neutrons Help Understand Enzymes That Could Produce Improvements in Biomass ProcessingExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutron crystallography to understand enzymes and learn how to bioengineer those enzymes for large-scale improvements in the efficiency of biomass processing. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.08.15From the Labs

Way Cheaper Catalyst May Lower Fuel Costs for Hydrogen-Powered CarsExternal link

Sandia National Laboratories researchers seeking to make hydrogen a less expensive fuel for cars have upgraded a catalyst nearly as cheap as dirt — molybdenum disulfide, “molly” for short — to stand in for platinum, a rare element with the moonlike price of $1,500 a gram. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.08.15From the Labs

Newly Discovered ‘Design Rule’ Brings Nature-Inspired Nanostructures One Step CloserExternal link

Computer sims and microscopy research at Berkeley Lab yield first atomic-resolution structure of a peptoid nanosheet. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.07.15From the Labs

Brookhaven Lab's Links to 2015 Nobel Prize in PhysicsExternal link

Brookhaven scientists contributed to both Nobel-recognized experiments demonstrating that neutrinos change flavors, part of the Lab's legacy of groundbreaking neutrino research. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.07.15From the Labs

Not Shaken, Not Stirred: New Molecular Modeling Techniques for Catalysis in Unmixed SystemsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed molecular modeling simulations and new theoretical formulations to help understand and optimize catalytic reactions that take place in chemical environments where the reactant “ingredients” for catalysis are not well mixed. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.07.15From the Labs

DOE Creates New Center for Computational Materials at ArgonneExternal link

The revolution of computational materials design is in the making, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has taken a firm step toward achieving it by creating the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) at DOE's Argonne National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.06.15From the Labs

New Argonne Centers Connect Business with Energy Storage and Nanotechnology ResearchExternal link

Argonne National Laboratory has created two new collaborative centers that provide an innovative pathway for business and industry to access Argonne's unparalleled scientific resources to address the nation's energy and national security needs. Read MoreExternal linkage