Science Headlines

10.15.15User Facility

Nanoelectronics Researchers Employ Titan for an Electrifying Simulation SpeedupExternal link

Researchers at ETH Zurich are using America’s fastest supercomputer to make huge gains in understanding the smallest electronic devices. The team, led by Mathieu Luisier, focuses on further developing the front line of electronics research—simulating and better understanding nanoscale components such as transistors or battery electrodes whose active regions can be on the order of 1 billionth of a meter, or about as long as your fingernails grow in one second. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.15.15User Facility

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry Featured in Special Issue of Advanced MaterialsExternal link

October 14, 2015 issue highlights several different areas of innovation and promise at Berkeley Lab’s user facility. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.14.15From the Labs

Are Data Security Breaches Becoming Larger and More Frequent?External link

Researchers at Berkeley National Lab and the University of New Mexico have found that digital information may be no more at risk than it was a decade ago. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.14.15From the Labs

One Direction: Researchers Grow Nanocircuitry with Semiconducting Graphene NanoribbonsExternal link

In a development that could revolutionize electronic ciruitry, a research team from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has confirmed a new way to control the growth paths of graphene nanoribbons on the surface of a germainum crystal. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.13.15From the Labs

Field Widens for Environments, Microbes That Produce Toxic Form of MercuryExternal link

Thawing permafrost and contaminated sediment in marine coastal areas pose some of the greatest risks for the production of highly toxic methylmercury, according to researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

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

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