Science Headlines

09.28.15From the Labs

Construction Completed, PPPL is Set to Resume World-Class Fusion Research Later This FallExternal link

After more than six years of planning and construction — including three years of building and 574,000 hours of labor — the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) is ready to play a critical role in the quest to develop fusion energy as a clean, safe and virtually limitless fuel for generating electricity. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.28.15From the Labs

A Different Type of 2D SemiconductorExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have successfully grown atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from solution. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.25.15From the Labs

Citizen Scientists Published for Potential Discovery of New Gravitational LensesExternal link

Space Warps, a citizen-science project led by Phil Marshall, principle investigator for the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, is enabling amateur astronomers to make lasting discoveries. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.25.15From the Labs

ORNL Demonstrates Road to Supercapacitors for Scrap TiresExternal link

Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a technology developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Drexel University. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.25.15User Facility

Organics Energize Solar Cell ResearchExternal link

Scientists from Tulane University are using Mira to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar cells. ALCF staff helped accelerate their research by enhancing the team’s code so simulations run up to 30 percent faster on the supercomputer. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.24.15From the Labs

Muon G-2 Magnet Successfully Cooled Down and Powered UpExternal link

It survived a month-long journey over 3200 miles, and now the delicate and complex electromagnet is well on its way to exploring the unknown. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.24.15User Facility

NSLS-II Scientists Find Flexible Boundary Between Phases of Matter Within Supercritical FluidsExternal link

Physicists at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)—a Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory—led a study to better understand the nature of the boundary between phases and the behavior of supercritical fluids, using high-energy x-rays to examine the atomic structures of supercritical fluids at different temperatures and pressures. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.23.15From the Labs

Argonne Microbial Ecologist Jack Gilbert Named One of Popular Science’s "Brilliant 10"External link

Jack Gilbert, a microbial ecologist and group leader in Argonne National Laboratory's Biosciences division, has been named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10" for his environmental and biomedical-focused research as part of the magazine's 14th annual awards list. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.23.15From the Labs

Dirty, Crusty Meals Fit for (Long-Dormant) MicrobesExternal link

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Genome Institute have revealed that even dusty, harsh desert environments contain a variety of microbes, which, when awoken, consume a virtual smorgasbord of metabolites; each type of microbe consuming a small range of metabolites, thereby avoiding pure competition and likely increasing species diversity. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.23.15From the Labs

Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Co-Lead DOE’s New HPC for Manufacturing ProgramExternal link

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LLNL and LBNL) to lead a new US Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to fund and foster public-private R&D projects that enhance US competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. Read MoreExternal linkage