Science Headlines

05.28.15From the Labs

Spiraling Laser Pulses Could Change the Nature of GrapheneExternal link

A new study at SLAC predicts that researchers could use spiraling pulses of laser light to change the nature of graphene, turning it from a metal into an insulator and giving it other peculiar properties that might be used to encode information. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.28.15From the Labs

Berkeley Lab Scientist Invents New Technique to Understand Cloud BehaviorExternal link

With two off-the-shelf digital cameras situated about 1 kilometer apart facing Miami’s Biscayne Bay, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.27.15Press Release

Nomination Deadlines for the Fermi and Lawrence Awards Extended Until June 30, 2015

The Office of Science is accepting nominations for the 2015 Enrico Fermi and E.O. Lawrence Awards through June 30, 2015. Read More »

05.27.15From the Labs

On-Demand X-Rays at Synchrotron Light SourcesExternal link

Scientists who use synchrotron light sources are welcoming an era of “on-demand” X-rays, in which they have access to the light beams they want thanks to a technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read MoreExternal linkage

05.27.15From the Labs

Engineering Phase Changes in Nanoparticle ArraysExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have just taken a big step toward the goal of engineering dynamic nanomaterials whose structure and associated properties can be switched on demand. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.26.15From the Labs

Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts SuperconductivityExternal link

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories describe atomic-level flyovers that show how impact sites of high-energy ions pin potentially disruptive vortices to keep high-current superconductivity flowing. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.26.15From the Labs

Scientists Mix Matter and Anti-Matter to Resolve Decade-Old Proton PuzzleExternal link

According to Jefferson Lab researchers, the differences in the measurements of the proton’s electric form factor, which provides information on how quarks are distributed inside the proton, can be accounted for by the two-photon effect. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.26.15From the Labs

Slip Sliding Away: Graphene and Diamonds Prove a Slippery CombinationExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of “superlubricity.” Read MoreExternal linkage

05.22.15From the Labs

A Little Drop Will Do It: Tiny Grains of Lithium Can Dramatically Improve the Performance of Fusion PlasmasExternal link

Scientists from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have discovered a phenomenon that helps them to improve fusion plasmas, a finding that may quicken the development of fusion energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.22.15From the Labs

Land Management Practices to Become Important as Biofuels Use GrowsExternal link

The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to a recently published study led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage