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03.04.16From the Labs

DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention DisclosureExternal link

Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State University), and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) – are making progress on a shared mission to develop technologies that will bring advanced biofuels to the marketplace, reporting today the disclosure of their 500th invention. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.04.16User Facility

Intense X-Rays Expose Tiny Flaws in 3-D Printed Titanium That Can Lead to Breakage Over TimeExternal link

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University used the synchrotron X-rays at the Advanced Photon Source to image porosity, or the presence of pores, in a 3-D printed titanium alloy, Ti-6Al-4V. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.04.16From the Labs

Cloudy Problems: Today's Clouds Might Not Be the Same as Pre-Industrial OnesExternal link

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are improving the models used to calculate the properties of clouds and the airborne particles known as “aerosols” that impact the way clouds form and change. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.03.16User Facility

(Rain)Cloud Computing: Researchers Work to Improve How We Predict Climate ChangeExternal link

At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory, two scientists ran the highest-resolution climate forecast ever done for North America to project what the climate will look like 100 years from now. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.03.16User Facility

New Material Increases the Lifetime of Solar-Powered ElectronsExternal link

By carefully combining two oxide materials on the atomic scale, scientists created a designer interface that separates electrons and holes; this research matters because those electrons could go on to drive reactions that yield hydrogen fuel, essentially converting intermittent solar power into durable fuels. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.03.16User Facility

Pushing BoundariesExternal link

At EMSL, studies of critical reactions at interfaces between solids and liquids provide insights into systems spanning all four of EMSL’s Science Themes – Atmospheric Aerosol Systems, Biosystem Dynamics and Design, Energy Materials and Processes, and Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.02.16User Facility

ORNL Researchers Stack the Odds for Novel Optoelectronic 2D MaterialsExternal link

A team of researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the vibrations between two layers of nanometer-thin semiconducting materials to decipher their stacking patterns in a new approach to designing the next generation of energy-efficient transistors and solar cells. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.02.16From the Labs

First Magnet Girder for Prototype Cancer Therapy Accelerator Arrives for TestingExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have begun testing a magnet assembly for a new kind of particle accelerator for cancer therapy. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.02.16From the Labs

The World's Newest Atom-Smasher Achieves its 'First Turns'External link

One of the world's top particle accelerators has reached a milestone, achieving its "first turns" — circulating beams of particles for the first time — and opening a new window into the universe, a view that will give physicists access to a record rate of particle collisions in a tiny volume in space. Read MoreExternal linkage

03.01.16User Facility

New Form of Electron-Beam Imaging Can See Elements that are ‘Invisible’ to Common MethodsExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new imaging technique, tested on samples of nanoscale gold and carbon, that greatly improves images of light elements using fewer electrons. Read MoreExternal linkage