Science Headlines

12.21.16User Facility

Neutron Diffraction Probes Forms of Carbon Dioxide in Extreme EnvironmentsExternal link

Through a Deep Carbon Observatory collaboration, Adam Makhluf of the University of California, Los Angeles’s Earth, Space and Planetary Science Department and Chris Tulk of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical and Engineering Materials Division are using neutrons to study the fundamental role carbon dioxide plays in Earth’s carbon cycle, especially in the composition of carbon reservoirs in the deep earth and the evolution of the carbon cycle over time. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.21.16From the Labs

Ames Laboratory Develops Solvent-, Catalyst-Free Way to Produce Alkali Metal HydridesExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have found a way to create alkali metal hydrides without the use of solvents or catalysts. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.20.16User Facility

New Leaf Study Sheds Light on ‘Shady’ PastExternal link

A new study led by a research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) highlights a literally shady practice in plant science that has in some cases underestimated plants’ rate of growth and photosynthesis, among other traits. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.20.16User Facility

Scientists Bear Witness to Birth of an Ice CloudExternal link

Scientists have witnessed the birth of atmospheric ice clouds, creating ice cloud crystals in the laboratory and then taking images of the process through a microscope, essentially documenting the very first steps of cloud formation. Read MoreExternal linkage


Jerry Tuskan: Bringing Technological Advances to BioscienceExternal link

It’s been 10 years since the Department of Energy first established a BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and researcher Gerald “Jerry” Tuskan has used that time and the lab’s and center’s resources and tools to make good on his college dreams of using genomics to study and improve plant species. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.19.16From the Labs

Warming Could Slow Upslope Migration of TreesExternal link

Research conducted by scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), UC Merced, the U.S. Geological Survey, UC Berkeley, and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows some subalpine trees may have trouble gaining a foothold above the tree line. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.16.16From the Labs

Scientists Boost Catalytic Activity for Key Chemical Reaction in Fuel CellsExternal link

A multi-institution team of scientists used the transmission electron microscope at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials to characterize new platinum-based catalysts - catalysts designed with the least amount of platinum and the most stable operation over time – to improve fuel cell efficiency. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.16.16From the Labs

Scientists develop a path toward improved high-energy acceleratorsExternal link

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), in collaboration with researchers in South Korea and Germany, have developed a theoretical framework for improving the stability and intensity of particle accelerator beams. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.15.16User Facility

Scientists Measure Pulse of CO2 Emissions During Spring Thaw in the ArcticExternal link

Findings by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in collaboration with a team of other scientists taking measurements both in the field and in the lab mean the Arctic may be even less of a carbon sink than previously thought. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.15.16User Facility

Water: Finding the Normal Within the WeirdExternal link

A team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have measured properties of water at deeply supercooled temperatures – below freezing but still a liquid – for the first time. Read MoreExternal linkage