Science Headlines

07.20.18From the Labs

Putting Bacteria to WorkExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago are finding new computational ways to describe bacterial cognition, a concept that emerged in the 1940s. These methods enable scientists to quantitatively measure how bacteria collect information, store that information and use it to interact with their environments. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.20.18From the Labs

Daniel Bowring Receives $2.5 Million from DOE to Search for Axions with Quantum SensorsExternal link

Fermilab scientist Daniel Bowring has been selected by the Department of Energy for a 2018 Early Career Research Award to build a detector to find the hypothesized axion, a subatomic particle whose discovery could explain - at least in part - the nature of dark matter. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.19.18User Facility

Neutrons Analyze Advanced High-Strength Steels to Improve Vehicle Safety and EfficiencyExternal link

Researchers from the United States Steel Corporation recently used neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to better understand the properties of hydroformed advanced high-strength steel and how it responds to residual stress introduced during manufacturing. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.19.18User Facility

The Relationship Between Charge Density Waves and Superconductivity? It’s Complicated.External link

Physicists have long tried to understand the relationship between a periodic pattern of conduction electrons called a charge density wave, and another quantum order, superconductivity, or zero electrical resistance, in the same material.For the first time, physicists at Ames Laboratory and their international collaborators were able to explore that relationship in the superconducting and CDW material niobium diselenide (NbSe2), through experiments using swift electron bombardment. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.18.18User Facility

Titan Helps Scientists Fine-tune Laser Interactions to Advance Cancer TreatmentsExternal link

A team led by Michael Bussmann, group leader of the Computational Radiation Physics group at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) German research laboratory, recently studied ion acceleration driven by high-intensity lasers using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Read MoreExternal linkage

07.18.18From the Labs

No More Zigzags: Scientists Uncover Mechanism That Stabilizes Fusion PlasmasExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have recently produced complex simulations of the process that may show the physics behind this mechanism, which is called “magnetic flux pumping.” Unraveling the process could advance the development of fusion energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.18.18User Facility

Oleo Sponge Successful in Real-World Conditions Off California CoastExternal link

The Oleo Sponge, a patent-pending technology to clean oil spills invented at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has lived up to its promise in an experiment conducted off the coast of Southern California in April. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.17.18User Facility

New Approaches to Chemical and Electrical Energy ConversionsExternal link

For the second time, the U.S. Department of Energy renewed funding for a center designed to explore fundamental scientific principles that underpin technologies such as solar energy and fuel cells. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.17.18From the Labs

Structural AnalysisExternal link

Berkeley researcher calculates molecules’ electronic structures, hoping to hasten development of new materials, designer drugs and other applications. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.17.18Announcement

Department of Energy Announces $95 Million in Small Business Research and Development GrantsExternal link

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will award 95 grants totaling $95 million to 80 small businesses in 26 states. Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development. Read MoreExternal linkage

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