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National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves 'First Light'

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The National Synchrotron Light Source II detects its first photons, beginning a new phase of the facility’s operations. Scientific experiments at NSLS-II are expected to begin before the end of the year.

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UT Austin to Lead $58 Million Effort to Study Potential New Energy Source

A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico that hold enormous potential to increase the world’s energy supply.

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Brookhaven Lab Launches Computational Science Initiative

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Building on its capabilities in computational science and data management, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory is embarking upon a major new Computational Science Initiative (CSI). This program will leverage computational science expertise and investments across multiple programs at the Laboratory-including the flagship facilities that attract thousands of scientific users each year-further establishing Brookhaven as a leader in tackling the "big data" challenges at the frontiers of scientific discovery.

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Super Stable Garnet Ceramics May Be Ideal for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

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Scientists have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.

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A Global Natural Gas Boom Alone Won't Slow Climate Change

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A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to a study appearing today in Nature.

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New ORNL Electric Vehicle Technology Packs More Punch in Smaller Package

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Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient.

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Beyond LEDs: Brighter, New Energy -Saving Flat Panel Lights Based on Carbon Nanotubes

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Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes with very low power consumption of around 0.1 Watt for every hour’s operation--about a hundred times lower than that of an LED.

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Nuclear Reactor Expert Discusses Ways to Prevent Fukushima-Like Damage with Scientists in Japan

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Alireza Haghighat, a professor with the Nuclear Engineering Program at Virginia Tech, discussed research related to the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex with scientists in Japan.

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Skidmore College's Solar Array Completed, Generating Power

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On a day that looked as if the sun might take time off, Skidmore College and community leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of Skidmore's solar array. The sun came out when the ribbon was cut.

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