Science Headlines

03.02.16From the Labs

The World's Newest Atom-Smasher Achieves its 'First Turns'External link

One of the world's top particle accelerators has reached a milestone, achieving its "first turns" — circulating beams of particles for the first time — and opening a new window into the universe, a view that will give physicists access to a record rate of particle collisions in a tiny volume in space. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.01.16User Facility

New Form of Electron-Beam Imaging Can See Elements that are ‘Invisible’ to Common MethodsExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new imaging technique, tested on samples of nanoscale gold and carbon, that greatly improves images of light elements using fewer electrons. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.01.16User Facility

Tracking Clouds Down UnderExternal link

Researchers from ARM (the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility) are installing a suite of instruments on Macquarie Island to gather data on clouds and aerosols. The experiment will help to increase scientists’ understanding of the physical processes through which clouds and aerosols are interacting in order to represent these processes more accurately in climate models. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.26.16User Facility

Non-Coding RNA: Antibiotic Tricks a SwitchExternal link

Industry researchers using the beamline at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source user facility have uncovered an antibiotic lead that shuts off pathogen growth by targeting a molecular switch in a regulatory RNA structure. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.25.16From the Labs

Synchronized Leaf Aging in the Amazon Responsible for Seasonal Increases in PhotosynthesisExternal link

High-tech photography in the Amazon reveals that young leaves grow in at the same times as older ones perish, in strong contrast to temperate forests in North America or Europe, resulting in seasonal increases in photosynthesis that must be taken into account to build more accurate climate models. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.25.16User Facility

Chromium Study at APS Creates a Map of Cell’s Chemical ElementsExternal link

Researchers from The University of Sydney treated cells with chromium (III) before using an intense synchrotron x-ray beam at the Advanced Photon Source to identify, classify, and map chromium spots throughout the cell. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.24.16User Facility

New Way to Reduce Plant Lignin Could Lead to Cheaper BiofuelsExternal link

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Joint BioEnergy Institute have shown for the first time that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.24.16User Facility

Making Military Vehicle Armor Stronger and Safer with NeutronsExternal link

Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Materials Science and Technology Division, and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, are studying welded armor and testing a new weld wire using neutron diffraction at the HB-2B beam line of the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.23.16User Facility

PPPL Researchers Advance Understanding of Plasma Turbulence that Drains Heat from Fusion ReactorsExternal link

A team of researchers - using the spherical tokamak at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the computers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center - has shown that a steep density gradient can reduce the strength of electron turbulence so that less heat escapes from the plasma, making the fusion reactor more efficient. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.23.16From the Labs

A New Recipe for Biofuel: Genetic Diversity Can Lead to More Productive Growth in Switchgrass CropsExternal link

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are exploring how grasses, and switchgrass in particular, can enrich the nation's biofuel supply, which is currently dominated by corn, a crop relatively easy to convert to biofuel but also in demand for food, livestock feed and industrial products. Read MoreExternal linkage

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