Science Headlines

10.05.16User Facility

Brookhaven Lab to Play Major Role in Two DOE Exascale Computing Application ProjectsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory will play major roles in two of the 15 fully funded application development proposals recently selected by the DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) in its first-round funding of $39.8 million. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.04.16User Facility

Water Vapor Sets Some Oxides AflutterExternal link

A research team led by Yang Shao-Horn, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT, used a transmission electron microscope at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory, to discover a new phenomenon that could affect materials in batteries and water-splitting devices. Read MoreExternal linkage

10.03.16User Facility

Transformational X-ray Project Takes a Step ForwardExternal link

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed the need for a unique source of X-ray light that would produce beams up to 1,000 times brighter than are now possible at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Advanced Light Source (ALS), enabling new explorations of chemical reactions, battery performance, biological processes and exotic materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.29.16User Facility

Physicists Quench Their Thirst for Modeling SuperfluidsExternal link

A multi-institution team lead by researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is using Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer Titan to compare and corroborate experimental findings on the effects of extreme conditions on various materials’ properties and interactions. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.29.16From the Labs

Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II Wins Project Management Institute 2016 Project of the Year AwardExternal link

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) project at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has been awarded the Project Management Institute's (PMI) prestigious Project of the Year Award. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.27.16From the Labs

Construction of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Moves ForwardExternal link

LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another approval milestone and is on schedule to begin its deep-underground hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, in 2020. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.27.16User Facility

Crystalline Fault Lines Provide Pathway for Solar Cell CurrentExternal link

A team of scientists studying solar cells made from cadmium telluride, a promising alternative to silicon, has discovered that microscopic "fault lines" within and between crystals of the material act as conductive pathways that ease the flow of electric current. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.26.16User Facility

Berkeley Lab Collaboration Enhances Optical Chip Design ProcessExternal link

A unique collaboration between a U.S. telecommunications equipment provider and a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory has helped dramatically improve design cycle times for future high-speed optical networking components. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.26.16From the Labs

GreenWood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel YieldExternal link

GreenWood, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, plans to commercialize the technology to select and breed better varieties of poplar with less lignin content, which simplifies the conversion process and ultimately lowers the overall costs of biofuel production. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.26.16User Facility

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal SlicesExternal link

The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Germany observed, for the first time, a unique behavior in which electrons rotate around one surface, then through the bulk of the material to its opposite surface and back. Read MoreExternal linkage