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03.28.18User Facility

Understanding for Automated Cancer Report ClassificationExternal link

To help cancer registries keep up with reports of cancer incidence, a research team at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is experimenting with artificial neural networks—computing systems that resemble the neural networks in the human brain. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.28.18From the Labs

DOE Under Secretary Paul Dabbar Visits Ames LaboratoryExternal link

The tours and meetings highlighted the breadth and depth of Ames Laboratory’s specialization in materials science and engineering, including high-purity metals preparation, advanced powder synthesis, condensed matter physics, quantum materials, exascale computational development, catalysis, and chemical sciences research. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.27.18User Facility

Sewage Sludge Leads to Biofuels BreakthroughExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tons per year. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.26.18User Facility

Argonne’s X-rays Used to Identify New Mode of Drinking in MosquitosExternal link

A multi-institutional team traveled to the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne and found that the two pumps allow for a secondary ‘burst mode’ of feeding. This, potentially, gives an insect with two pumps more options and allows for multi-modal feeding. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.26.18From the Labs

Despite Devastation, They—and Their Science—Go OnExternal link

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, five students from the University of Puerto Rico continued their research at a national laboratory 1,600 miles to the north—thanks to Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs, mentors, and a scholarship fund created in honor of a late Brookhaven biologist. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.23.18User Facility

Plants Really Do Feed Their FriendsExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have discovered that as plants develop they craft their root microbiome, favoring microbes that consume very specific metabolites. Their study could help scientists identify ways to enhance the soil microbiome for improved carbon storage and plant productivity. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.23.18From the Labs

Halos Look Good on Angels, but Could Damage Fusion Energy DevicesExternal link

Halo currents — electrical currents that flow from the hot, charged plasma that fuels fusion reactions and strike the walls of fusion facilities — could damage the walls of fusion devices like ITER, the international experiment under construction in France to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.23.18User Facility

Advanced Photon Source Commissions “Velociprobe” for Faster, Higher-Resolution X-ray MicroscopyExternal link

To address challenges and opportunities from Argonne’s Upgrade of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), the laboratory commissioned the “Velociprobe,” a new scanning tool to explore the limits of fast, high-resolution X-ray microscopy. The instrument, which will be used at the APS before the Upgrade is completed, was built under the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.22.18User Facility

Out of Thin AirExternal link

A team of scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have produced a new design for a beyond-lithium-ion battery cell that operates by running on air (hence, referred to as “lithium-air”) over many charge and discharge cycles. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.22.18User Facility

COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-ray Microscopy Platform Now OperationalExternal link

A next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the properties of materials at the nanoscale. Read MoreExternal linkage

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