Science Headlines

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

07.16.18User Facility

The Quest for Better AcceleratorsExternal link

The ability to perfectly control the process of laying thin films of material onto the surface of an inexpensive metal may be all it takes to produce more efficient and cheaper particle accelerators for a wide range of applications. Valente-Feliciano, an accelerator physicist at Jefferson Lab, has been awarded a DOE Early Career Award to pursue her research into building better accelerators. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.13.18User Facility

Theorists Publish Highest-Precision Prediction of Muon Magnetic AnomalyExternal link

Theoretical physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators have just released the most precise prediction of how subatomic particles called muons—heavy cousins of electrons—“wobble” off their path in a powerful magnetic field. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.13.18From the Labs

Beams Off, Hardhats OnExternal link

This year’s annual accelerator shutdown at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is maintenance-driven: to finish the second half of an upgrade to the linear accelerator, change out a target, add components to improve beamline diagnostics, modify vacuum systems and replace and repair magnets. Read MoreExternal linkage

07.13.18User Facility

Slippery When DryExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have been working for years to replace oil with solid lubricants such as graphene, which is a cheaper and more efficient substitute, one that lasts significantly longer. Read MoreExternal linkage

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