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Hurricane OmarSeptember 2012Science Highlights

Fresh Water Feeds Hurricanes’ Fury

Understanding factors influencing a cyclone’s path and intensity improves our ability to forecast and mitigate impacts. Read More »

Oxygen vacancy maps reveal that the overall composition and the degree of oxygen order varies drastically between films of the same cation composition but grown on different substrates.August 2012Science Highlights

Seeing the Voids in Fuel Cell Materials at the Atomic Scale

New microscopy method opens the door to understanding atomic-scale variations in chemistry and improved materials performance in solid oxide fuel cells. Read More »

Diamond anvil showing dents (arrowed) after being used to squeeze this new superhard material.August 2012Science Highlights

New Superhard Form of Carbon Dents Diamond

Squeezing creates new class of material built from clusters of carbon atoms. Read More »

X-ray computer tomography (CT) image showing solid carbonate (calcite, green) grown in a network of glass beads (blue).July 2012Science Highlights

Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide—as a Solid

Nanoscale features in rocks enable more carbon dioxide to be trapped as a solid carbonate material underground. Read More »

Flexible solar module.July 2012Science Highlights

Cutting the Costs of Solar Power with Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Solar Cells

High-efficiency compound semiconductor solar cells can now be printed on flexible, plastics. Read More »

Whole-cell hybridization fluorescent image of bacteria from an anaerobic bioreactor identified by probes specific for deltaproteobacteria (green) or genus Sporomusa (red).July 2012Science Highlights

Mystery of Mercury Methlyation Unlocked

Researchers reveal that microorganisms are responsible for transforming mercury into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury, in streams. Read More »

High magnification microscopy images of silica bubbles.June 2012Science Highlights

Directed Evolution: Semiconductors Emulating Biology

Enzymes originating from marine sponges were intentionally altered to create a new enzyme that can make semiconductors in artificial cells. Read More »

Sheets of zeolite catalysts form an open pore structure like a “house-of-cards”June 2012Science Highlights

Simple Synthesis of Pore Highways Inside of Catalysts

House-of-Cards structure leads to improved zeolite catalyst. Read More »

Scanning electron micrograph of the first sequenced archea Methanococcus jannaschii.June 2012Science Highlights

Microbes Working Together to Produce Methane

Understanding how two microbes work together to produce the greenhouse gas methane. Read More »

Lintner, B. R., M. Biasutti, N. S. Diffenbaugh, J.-E. Lee, M. J. Niznik, and K. L. Findell (2012)June 2012Science Highlights

Increase in Very Wet and Very Dry Months in the Tropics Linked to Global Warming

Impacts of anthropogenic warming on tropical land region rainfall. Read More »