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Ecologist Dan Nelson hauling in a gill net as part of the fish population survey of the Clinch River Study. 06.28.17Article

Ecological Roots

How the Department of Energy’s national laboratories helped found the study of ecology. Read More »

An optical laser (green) excites the iron-containing active site of the protein cytochrome c, and then an X-ray laser (white) probes the iron a few femtoseconds to picoseconds later. 06.26.17User Facility

How a Single Chemical Bond Balances Cells Between Life and DeathExternal link

With SLAC’s X-ray laser and synchrotron, scientists measured exactly how much energy goes into keeping this crucial bond from triggering a death spiral. Read MoreExternal linkage

This diagram shows the timeline of the universe, from its beginnings in the Big Bang to today. 06.21.17Article

Our Expanding Universe: Delving into Dark Energy

Space is expanding ever more rapidly and scientists are researching dark energy to understand why. Read More »

Funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, scientists are devising ways to blunt reactive oxygen atoms’ impact on producing biofuels.06.19.17Article

Oxygen: The Jekyll and Hyde of Biofuels

Scientists are devising ways to protect plants, biofuels and, ultimately, the atmosphere itself from damage caused by an element that sustains life on earth. Read More »

Alex Kholodov (University of Alaska, Fairbanks) uses an electric auger to prepare holes for water wells at NGEE Arctic Sites in Barrow, Alaska.06.13.17Article

Defrosting the World’s Freezer: Thawing Permafrost

To enhance Earth system models, researchers are examining how and why permafrost thaws and melts. Read More »

Argonne chemists Dugan Hayes, Lin Chen, and Ryan Hadt have identified a rapid electronic process that could aid the water-splitting reaction in cobalt-containing catalysts. 06.05.17User Facility

Chemical “Dance” of Cobalt Catalysis Could Pave Way to Solar FuelsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Harvard University have been able to see for the first time an especially important chemical step in the process of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen – the basic reaction at the heart of creating entirely renewable fuels from solar energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

Berkeley Lab's Heavy Flavor Tracker team included (from left) Mario Cepeda, Kenneth Wilson, Leo Greiner, Howard Wieman, Thomas Johnson and Giacomo Contin. 05.30.17User Facility

Heavy Particles Get Caught Up in the FlowExternal link

First results from new precision particle detector designed to reveal detailed properties of subatomic "soup" that mimics the early universe. Read MoreExternal linkage

Neutron scattering is a valuable technique for studying cell membranes, but signals from the cell’s other components such as proteins, RNA, DNA and carbohydrates can get in the way. 05.24.17User Facility

Neutrons Provide the First Nanoscale Look at a Living Cell MembraneExternal link

A research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed the first-ever direct nanoscale examination of a living cell membrane. Read MoreExternal linkage

Hans Christen directs nanoscale material science research at the Center for Nanophase Material Sciences in east Tennessee. 05.16.17Profile

Meet the Director: Hans Christen

For Hans Christen, director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences user facility, science is his way of life. Read More »

A new ferroelectric material developed at Berkeley Lab could lead to wireless communications in extreme environments, such as space. 05.11.17From the Labs

Scientists Help Thin-Film Ferroelectrics Go ExtremeExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers create polarization gradient, boost temperature span of ubiquitous material. Read MoreExternal linkage

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