Science Headlines

02.13.17From the Labs

Next-Gen Dark Matter Detector in a Race to Finish LineExternal link

The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, which will be built nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, S.D., is considered one of the best bets yet to determine whether theorized dark matter particles known as WIMPs (weakly interacting massive particles) actually exist. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.13.17From the Labs

New Study of Ferroelectrics Offers Roadmap to Multivalued Logic for Neuromorphic ComputingExternal link

A team of researchers from Argonne, the Lille University of Science and Technology and the University of Picardie Jules Verne have laid out a theoretical map to use ferroelectric material to process information using multivalued logic – a leap beyond the simple ones and zeroes that make up our current computing systems that could let us process information much more efficiently. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.10.17User Facility

Scientists Estimate Solar Nebula's LifetimeExternal link

Scientists from MIT, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro have estimated the lifetime of the solar nebula — a key stage during which much of the solar system evolution took shape – after analyzing angrites, which are some of the oldest and most pristine of planetary rocks. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.09.17From the Labs

Chemicals Hitch a Ride onto New Protein for Better CompoundsExternal link

Chemists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a powerful new method of selectively linking chemicals to proteins, a major advance in the manipulation of biomolecules that could transform the way drugs are developed, proteins are probed, and molecules are tracked and imaged. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.07.17User Facility

Machine Learning Accurately Predicts Metallic DefectsExternal link

For the first time, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have built and trained machine learning algorithms to predict defect behavior in certain intermetallic compounds with high accuracy. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.06.17User Facility

Bianca Haberl: Finding the Joys of Science Under PressureExternal link

Haberl, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, focuses on compressing and transforming silicon and related elements into new materials and studying the transformed structures with neutron scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.06.17User Facility

Exploring the Matter that Filled the Early UniverseExternal link

Quark Matter 2017 conference brings together nuclear physicists seeking to understand the force that binds the building blocks of visible matter. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.03.17User Facility

Scientists Determine Precise 3-D Location and Identity of All 23,000 Atoms in a NanoparticleExternal link

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) at the Molecular Foundry used one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes to map the precise location and chemical type of 23,000 atoms in an extremely small particle made of iron and platinum.
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02.03.17User Facility

SLAC Study Helps Explain Why Uranium Persists in Groundwater at Former Mining SitesExternal link

A recent study led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory helps describe how the contaminant cycles through the environment at former uranium mining sites and why it can be difficult to remove. Read MoreExternal linkage

02.03.17User Facility

The Shape of Melting in Two DimensionsExternal link

University of Michigan researchers carried out a series of hard particle simulations on the Titan supercomputer to study how particle shape affects the physics of melting in two-dimensional systems. Read MoreExternal linkage

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