Science Headlines

11.04.15From the Labs

Energy-Efficient Reaction Drives ORNL Biofuel Conversion TechnologyExternal link

A new study from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explains the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.04.15User Facility

ALCF Helps Tackle the Large Hadron Collider’s Big Data ChallengeExternal link

Argonne physicists are using Mira to perform simulations of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments with a leadership-class supercomputer for the first time, shedding light on a path forward for interpreting future LHC data. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.03.15From the Labs

Cold Electronics Help Scientists Spot Elusive 'Ghost' ParticlesExternal link

Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory have been developing specialized cold electronics, instruments that operate while immersed in liquid argon, a cryogenic liquid that boils at a biting -186 degrees Celsius or -303 degrees Fahrenheit. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.03.15User Facility

Calcium-48’s ‘Neutron Skin’ Thinner Than Previously ThoughtExternal link

An international team led by Gaute Hagen of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used America’s most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to compute the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of 20 protons and 28 neutrons. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.03.15User Facility

‘Sidecars’ Pave the Way for Concurrent Analytics of Large-Scale SimulationsExternal link

A new software tool developed through a multi-disciplinary collaboration at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) allows researchers doing large-scale simulations at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and other supercomputing facilities to do data analytics and visualizations of their simulations while the simulations are running. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.02.15User Facility

Chemical Complexity Promises Improved Structural Alloys for Next-Gen Nuclear EnergyExternal link

Energy from radiation can create imperfections in alloys, so researchers in an Energy Frontier Research Center led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are investigating ways to design structural materials that develop fewer, smaller flaws under irradiation. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.02.15From the Labs

A Neutrino in a Haystack: Brookhaven's Contributions to the MicroBooNE Neutrino ExperimentExternal link

To uncover the secrets of neutrinos, scientists build massive detectors to help them spot these elusive particles. The latest, dubbed MicroBooNE, recently spotted its first accelerator-born neutrino event candidates at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

11.02.15From the Labs

ORNL Tires-To-Carbon Technology Licensed to RJ Lee GroupExternal link

RJ Lee Group has signed an agreement to license an invention developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that converts waste rubber into a valuable energy storage material. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.30.15From the Labs

LHC Luminosity Upgrade Project Moving to Next PhaseExternal link

This week more than 230 scientists and engineers from around the world met at CERN* to discuss the High-Luminosity LHC – a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that will increase the accelerator's discovery potential through 2025. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.30.15User Facility

Researchers Model Birth of Universe in One of the Largest Cosmological Simulations Ever RunExternal link

Researchers are sifting through an avalanche of data produced by one of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage