Science Headlines

12.13.16User Facility

Scientists Decipher How Local Weather Can Change Global Climate PatternsExternal link

Using the MPAS global variable-resolution atmospheric model, PNNL researchers efficiently simulated how local Asian convection affects the southern hemisphere jet stream thousands of miles away via upscale effects, an important part of understanding weather and climate. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.12.16From the Labs

Dark Energy Survey Discovers Potential New Dwarf PlanetExternal link

Dark Energy Survey (DES) scientists recently reported the discovery of a potential dwarf planet located 92 times farther from the sun than the Earth is, more than twice as distant as Pluto. The new dwarf planet was discovered using the Dark Energy Camera, a scientific instrument built at Fermilab to probe the mystery of dark energy. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.12.16Science Highlight

New Limits in the Search for Sterile Neutrinos

New searches for sterile neutrinos, hypothetical particles that do not directly “talk to” any particles in the Standard Model, significantly narrow the remaining regions where these particles may be hiding. Read More »

12.12.16User Facility

Neutrons Identify Key Ingredients of the Quantum Spin Liquid RecipeExternal link

Neutron scattering studies of a rare earth metal oxide have identified fundamental pieces to the quantum spin liquid puzzle, revealing a better understanding of how and why the magnetic moments within these materials exhibit exotic behaviors such as failing to freeze into an ordered arrangement even near absolute zero temperatures. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.09.16User Facility

Jefferson Lab–NVIDIA Collaboration Uses Titan to Boost Subatomic Particle ResearchExternal link

Jefferson Lab researchers and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility teams are using the Titan supercomputer to gain unprecedented insight into subatomic particle interactions after refining computer codes for quantum chromodynamic applications to run more efficiently and effectively, achieving speedups ranging from seven-to-tenfold. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.09.16From the Labs

Magnetic Reconnection Research Sheds Light on Explosive Phenomena in Astrophysics and Fusion ExperimentsExternal link

Physicists Masaaki Yamada of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Ellen Zweibel of the University of Wisconsin-Madison have provided a major perspective on four key problems in magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.08.16User Facility

Machine Learning Enables Predictive Modeling of 2-D MaterialsExternal link

Researchers at the Center for Nanoscale Materials and the Advanced Photon Source, both U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facilities at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, announced the use of machine learning tools to accurately predict the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of nanomaterials. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.08.16User Facility

Scientists Track Chemical and Structural Evolution of Catalytic Nanoparticles in 3DExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory used a high-resolution electron microscope to study nanoscale details of catalytic particles made of nickel and cobalt—inexpensive alternatives to the costly platinum used in most fuel cells. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.06.16User Facility

Q&A with CFN User Don DiMarzioExternal link

Don DiMarzio is an engineering fellow at Northrop Grumman and a senior scientist within the company’s advanced research, development, design, and demonstration group NG Next, where he studies nanomaterials and radio-frequency metamaterials. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.05.16From the Labs

New Study of Water-Saving Plants Advances Efforts to Develop Drought-Resistant CropsExternal link

As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in semi-arid climates. Read MoreExternal linkage