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The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment was one of the biggest efforts to directly detect dark matter. It was located a mile deep in a former gold mine to minimize radioactive “noise.”10.26.16Article

The Search for Dark Matter

From deep underground to outer space, researchers supported by the DOE’s Office of Science are working to understand this mysterious type of matter. Read More »

Scanning the pristine skies above the Amazon rainforest revealed that small aerosol particles that form naturally in the upper atmosphere are carried to the lower atmosphere by rapid downdrafts associated with rainfall. 10.25.16User Facility

Amazon Study Reveals that Rainstorms Transport Atmospheric Particles Essential for Cloud FormationExternal link

Tracking atmospheric particles in a pristine environment will help scientists understand the impact of industrial aerosols on climate. Read MoreExternal linkage

Ken Williams (left) and Jill Banfield at the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area site near Rifle, Colorado, where research by her team has doubled the number of known bacterial groups. 10.24.16User Facility

New Bacteria Groups, and Stunning Diversity, Discovered UndergroundExternal link

Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley research also provides new clues about the roles of subsurface microbes in globally important cycles. Read MoreExternal linkage

GLBRC research scientist Steve Karlen with an orchid in the Botany Greenhouse on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. 10.17.16Article

With Designer Lignin, Biofuels Researchers Reproduced Evolutionary PathExternal link

New Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center-led study shows that poplar trees and many other plants from all over the phylogenetic tree have actually evolved to naturally produce zip-lignin. Read MoreExternal linkage

Argonne physicist Mahalingam Balasubramanian loads an in situ lithium-ion battery into the low-energy resolution inelastic X-ray (LERIX) system at the Advanced Photon Source. 10.12.16Article

Peering Into Batteries: X-Rays Reveal Lithium-Ion’s Mysteries

Researchers are using the Office of Science’s advanced light sources to study batteries in real-time. Read More »

A simulation shows the path for the collision of a krypton ion (blue) with a defected graphene sheet and subsequent formation of a carbon vacancy (red). 10.11.16User Facility

Simulations Show How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into AssetsExternal link

Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings. Read MoreExternal linkage

This graphic illustrates how the ABEL Trap can corral individual particles of tobacco mosaic virus. The graphic on the left shows the trajectories of 13 particles that are similar to the trajectories the particles would have followed if they had not been trapped. 10.05.16Article

After the Nobel Prize, What Do You Do for an Encore?

How Nobel recipient W.E. Moerner and his team built the ABEL Trap and discovered the behavior of single, unfettered molecules. Read More »

The 2017 National Science Bowl logo.10.03.16Announcement

Registration Now Open for Energy Department’s National Science Bowl®

High school and middle school teams nationwide can now sign up to compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious and largest academic science competitions. Read More »

It’s the candy dish problem, but rather than picking the desired flavors, scientists must pick impurities from complex mixes. 09.22.16Article

Take the Best, Leave the Rest

Fundamental researchers offer new ways to sort molecules for clean energy and more. Read More »

These atom-scale computer simulations of tetrapods show how they sense compression (left) and tension along one axis (right), both of which are crucial to detecting nanoscale crack formation. 09.20.16User Facility

Nanoscale Tetrapods Could Provide Early Warning of a Material’s FailureExternal link

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing a new way to detect microscopic fractures in materials in the field. Read MoreExternal linkage

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