Science Headlines

04.07.17User Facility

Scientists Watch a Molecule Protect Itself from Radiation DamageExternal link

To increase their understanding of excited state proton transfers in DNA and other molecules, scientists at the LCLS at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory looked at the bonds between atoms neighboring nitrogen and confirmed that optical light breaks the nitrogen-hydrogen bonds. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.07.17From the Labs

Scientists at PPPL Further Understanding of a Process that Causes Heat Loss in Fusion DevicesExternal link

Secondary electron emission - or SEE - cools the edge of plasma in tokamaks and dampens its overall performance; physicists working with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory recently advanced their understanding on how SEE is affected by different wall materials and structures. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.06.17From the Labs

Skyrmions Created with a Special SpiralExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to control the creation of special textured surfaces in magnetically ordered materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.06.17User Facility

Computer Simulations of DIII-D Experiments Shed Light on Mysterious Plasma FlowsExternal link

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and General Atomics have simulated a mysterious self-organized flow of the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.06.17User Facility

X-Ray Study Reveals Long-Sought Insights Into Potential Drug TargetExternal link

X-ray studies done in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have produced surprising insights into the workings of a hormone receptor associated with blood pressure regulation. Researchers believe it could be a target for new medicines related to cardiovascular conditions, neuropathic pain and tissue growth. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.05.17Profile

Suzanne Parete-Koon: Fostering Curiosity Through Science, VolunteerismExternal link

Suzanne Parete-Koon is a user support specialist for one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers—the Cray XK7 Titan, located at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.05.17From the Labs

New Measurements Suggest ‘Antineutrino Anomaly’ Fueled by Modeling ErrorExternal link

Results from a new scientific study may shed light on a mismatch between predictions and recent measurements of ghostly particles streaming from nuclear reactors—the so-called “reactor antineutrino anomaly,” which has puzzled physicists since 2011. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.04.17User Facility

Could This Enzyme Help Turn Biofuel Waste into Something Useful?External link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have resolved the protein structure of the enzyme LigM, which is utilized by the soil bacterium Sphingomonas to metabolize aryl compounds derived from lignin, the stiff, organic material that gives plants their structure. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.04.17User Facility

Built From the Bottom Up, Nanoribbons Pave the Way to ‘On–Off’ States for GrapheneExternal link

A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure of single-atom-thick carbon atoms linked into hexagons, may address a shortcoming that has prevented the material from achieving its full potential in electronic applications. Read MoreExternal linkage

04.03.17From the Labs

New Device Produces Hydrogen Peroxide for Water PurificationExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have created a small device for hydrogen peroxide production that could be powered by renewable energy sources, like conventional solar panels. Read MoreExternal linkage