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03.17.16User Facility

Solving the Mystery of the Tully MonsterExternal link

With the help of Argonne scientists and the immense power of the Advanced Photon Source, a team of Yale University researchers have solved the mystery of the Tully Monster, an oddly configured sea creature with teeth at the end of a narrow, trunk-like extension of its head and eyes that perch on either side of a long rigid bar. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.16.16User Facility

Advanced Energy Storage Material Gets Unprecedented Nanoscale AnalysisExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have combined advanced in-situ microscopy and theoretical calculations to uncover important clues to the properties of a promising next-generation energy storage material for supercapacitors and batteries. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.16.16User Facility

Compressing Turbulence to Improve Inertial Confinement Fusion ExperimentsExternal link

Findings by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University’s Department of Astrophysical Sciences indicate that fluid turbulence could have a surprisingly positive impact on inertial confinement fusion experiments. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.16.16User Facility

New Microwave Imaging Approach Opens a Nanoscale View on Processes in LiquidsExternal link

U.S. government nanotechnology researchers have demonstrated a new window to view what are now mostly clandestine operations occurring in soggy, inhospitable realms of the nanoworld—technologically and medically important processes that occur at boundaries between liquids and solids, such as in batteries or along cell membranes. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.15.16User Facility

New ORNL Method Could Unleash Solar Power PotentialExternal link

Measurement and data analysis techniques developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could provide new insight into performance-robbing flaws in crystalline structures, ultimately improving the performance of solar cells. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.15.16User Facility

Microbes May Not Be So Adaptable to Climate ChangeExternal link

Microbes in soil — organisms that exert enormous influence over our planet's carbon cycle — may not be as adaptable to climate change as most scientists have presumed, according to a study done at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.15.16User Facility

Brookhaven Lab Facilities Team Up to Offer Beamline for Cutting-Edge ScienceExternal link

The Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy (CSX-2) beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source II, which hosted its first users in February, was built in partnership with the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.14.16From the Labs

Hunting For Big Bang Neutrinos That Could Provide Fresh Insight on the Origin of the UniverseExternal link

Researchers at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are readying a facility to detect Big Bang neutrinos by capturing them on a postage stamp-sized sheet of graphene holding a 1/100th of a milligram of tritium. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.14.16User Facility

New Fuel Cell Design Powered by Graphene-Wrapped NanocrystalsExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new materials recipe for a battery-like hydrogen fuel cell—which surrounds hydrogen-absorbing magnesium nanocrystals with atomically thin graphene sheets—to push its performance forward in key areas. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.11.16From the Labs

Chromium Breaks the Toughest of Bonds, with the Right SupportExternal link

At the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, scientists showed what it takes to make long-overlooked chromium help form ammonia; this work is a critical step in controlling a reaction that could store electrons from intermittent wind and solar stations in use-any-time fuels. Read MoreExternal linkage