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01.18.19From the Labs

Clarice Phelps: Dedicated Service to Science and CommunityExternal link

Chemist Clarice Phelps believes in community service and STEM outreach - “That’s where your future scientists and your new ideas are going to come from” - and makes time to serve her community in addition to her work as Project Manager of ORNL’s nickel-63 and selenium-75 industrial use isotope programs. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.18.19User Facility

Brookhaven's CFN Celebrates Decade of DiscoveryExternal link

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)—a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at Brookhaven National Laboratory and one of five Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs) built at DOE national laboratories—marked its first “Decade of Discovery” with a day-long celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.18.19User Facility

A Sneak Peek at 19 Science Simulations for the Summit Supercomputer in 2019External link

This month, Summit Early Science Program users are starting to work on some of the world’s toughest science problems on its most powerful supercomputer: the 200-petaflop, IBM AC922 Summit system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). The OLCF is a US Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Read MoreExternal linkage

01.17.19From the Labs

PPPL Inventions Take the Spotlight at Technology ShowcaseExternal link

On December 18th, a day-long Technology Showcase spotlighting the unique research, technical expertise, and inventions that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory offers to collaborators and funders attracted a wide range of potential partners. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.17.19User Facility

When Stars Collide: 3D Computer Simulation Captures Cosmic EventExternal link

The aftermath of the collision of two neutron stars has been fully captured in a 3D computer model for the first time, thanks to research by University of Alberta astrophysicist Rodrigo Fernández and an international team. The achievement, which used supercomputing resources at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, has led to a better understanding of the cosmic collision, showing how heavy elements like lead and gold are created and accounting for a phenomenon missing in other models. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.17.19From the Labs

Fiery Sighting: A New Physics of Eruptions That Damage Fusion ExperimentsExternal link

Sudden bursts of heat that can damage the inner walls of tokamak fusion experiments are a hurdle that operators of the facilities must overcome. Such bursts, called “edge localized modes (ELMs),” occur in doughnut-shaped tokamak devices that house the hot, charged plasma that is used to replicate on Earth the power that drives the sun and other stars. Now researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have directly observed a possible and previously unknown process that can trigger damaging ELMs. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.16.19From the Labs

Found: A Precise Method for Determining How Waves and Particles Affect Fusion ReactionsExternal link

Like surfers catching ocean waves, particles within the hot, electrically charged state of matter known as plasma can ride waves that oscillate through the plasma during experiments to investigate the production of fusion energy. Now a team of physicists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has devised a faster method to determine how much this interaction between particles and waves contributes to the efficiency loss in tokamaks. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.16.19From the Labs

Intestinal Bacteria from Healthy Infants Prevent Food AllergyExternal link

Researchers from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Naples Federico II in Italy found that when gut microbes from healthy human infants were transplanted into germ-free mice, the animals were protected from an allergic reaction when exposed to cow’s milk. Read MoreExternal linkage

01.15.19User Facility

Meet Catherine Trewhella: Mapping Terrestrial Analogs for Martian SamplesExternal link

Catherine Trewhella, a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and current intern at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, is taking a microscopic look at rocks at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a DOE Office of Science user facility. Her research will help prepare scientists for analyzing samples brought back from outer space, specifically Mars.
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01.15.19User Facility

Researching Cleaner, More Efficient Bioenergy Production Using NeutronsExternal link

Frederik Ossler, an associate professor at Lund University, Sweden, and Charles Finney from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are studying approaches to cleaner energy conversion of biomass. Using neutron scattering at ORNL, Ossler and Finney are investigating how biomasses degrade as they are exposed to extreme temperatures. Insights from their experiments could also point to possible applications for the byproducts of bioenergy production.
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