Science Headlines

12.17.15From the Labs

Diamonds May Be the Key to Future NMR/MRI TechnologiesExternal link

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have demonstrated that diamonds may hold the key to the future for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.17.15From the Labs

ORNL Technique Could Set New Course for Extracting Uranium from SeawaterExternal link

An ultra-high-resolution technique used for the first time to study polymer fibers that trap uranium in seawater may cause researchers to rethink the best methods to harvest this potential fuel for nuclear reactors. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.15.15User Facility

NSLS-II User Profiles: Ryan Tappero and Jason UnrineExternal link

Ryan Tappero, the lead scientist at the X-Ray Fluorescence Microprobe (XFM) beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and Jason Unrine, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences studied the ecotoxicity of nanomaterials that are used in commercial products at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe beamline. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.15.15From the Labs

A Collaboration Bears Fruit as W7-X Celebrates First Research PlasmaExternal link

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and other U.S. institutions joined colleagues from around the world at the celebration for the first plasma of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.15.15From the Labs

Now Available: Seeds from the Tree of LifeExternal link

PNNL’s public release of more than 35,000 files with detailed information about important microbes can help scientists study the entire "tree of life." Read MoreExternal linkage

12.14.15User Facility

Weyl Fermions Discovered After 85 YearsExternal link

An international team led by Princeton University scientists has discovered an elusive massless particle first theorized 85 years ago: the Weyl fermion. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.14.15User Facility

Data to Solve Mysteries in the CloudsExternal link

Four years after field research at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility’s Southern Great Plains site in central Oklahoma ended, data is yielding the secrets of storms. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.14.15From the Labs

The Artificial Materials That Came in From the ColdExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a freeze-casting technique that enables them to design and create strong, tough and lightweight materials comparable to bones, teeth, shells and wood. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.11.15User Facility

Covering All Bases: Probing the Spectrum of Land-Atmosphere InteractionsExternal link

Mile-long fiber optic cables will soon stretch across a site on the Southern Great Plains to provide fine-resolution data that will help improve climate models, weather forecasts, and water resources management. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.11.15From the Labs

The Catalyst's ChoiceExternal link

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discovered that on large palladium particles, the abundance of active hydrogen atoms promotes the formation of methane from carbon dioxide, but on the smaller particles, less hydrogen is available and the reaction produces carbon monoxide. Read MoreExternal linkage