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10.18.16User Facility

Building a Room Clean Enough to Make Sensors to Find Light From the Birth of the UniverseExternal link

Work is underway at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory on a new "clean room." The new lab will be specially suited for building parts for ultra-sensitive detectors — such as those to carry out improved X-ray research, or for the South Pole Telescope to search for light from the early days of the universe. Read MoreExternal linkage


‘Super Yeast’ Has the Power to Improve Economics of BiofuelsExternal link

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a commonly used industrial yeast strain, converts plant sugars to biofuel. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.18.16From the Labs

Ames Laboratory to Receive $3 Million to Develop Instrument to Study Plant Cell WallsExternal link

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bio-energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.14.16User Facility

Scientists Find Static "Stripes" of Electrical Charge in Copper-Oxide SuperconductorExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have demonstrated that static, as opposed to fluctuating, charge stripes coexist with superconductivity in a cuprate when lanthanum and barium are added in certain amounts. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.14.16User Facility

Crystal Clear Imaging: Infrared Brings to Light Nanoscale Molecular ArrangementExternal link

A team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has demonstrated infrared imaging of an organic semiconductor known for its electronics capabilities, revealing key nanoscale details about the nature of its crystal shapes and orientations, and defects that also affect its performance. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.12.16From the Labs

Planetarium Show Brings ‘Phantom’ Matter to LifeExternal link

Berkeley Lab collaborated with other national labs, universities, and international research institutions on the production of a new planetarium show, “Phantom of the Universe,” designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.12.16User Facility

Nano-Spike Catalyst Convert Carbon Dioxide Directly into EthanolExternal link

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.11.16User Facility

SUE Lends a Hand: Field Museum Scientists Remove T. rex’s Arm for Argonne StudyExternal link

Two Field Museum scientists are leaving their labs and going face-to-face with SUE, the biggest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered, armed only with a wrench. And they’re going to take her arm off. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.11.16From the Labs

Still No 'Sterile' Neutrinos, But the Search Goes OnExternal link

Reports of the non-existence of the so-called “sterile” neutrino are premature, say scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory—even as they release results from two experiments that further limit the places this elusive particle may be hiding. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.11.16From the Labs

New Equipment Allows Ames Laboratory and ISU Researchers to Simulate Commercial Materials ProcessingExternal link

Researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have a new tool to help understand and fine-tune the processing of materials in a variety of commercial techniques. Read MoreExternal linkage