A Cleansing Rain Falls; A Soil-Filled Mist Arises

Scientists have found that rain triggers the release of a mist of particles from wet soils into the air, a finding with consequences for how scientists model our planet's climate and future. The evidence comes in the form of tiny glassy spheres, less than one-hundredth the width of a human hair, discovered in the Great Plains.

Math Helps Scientists Capture Molecules in Motion

Using data from the world's most powerful X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, an international team of scientists has made a crucial advance in analyzing ultrafast motions of molecules. They developed a computational method that increases the accuracy of this analysis 300 times - to one femtosecond, which is a millionth of a billionth of a second.

Seeing Atoms and Molecules in Action with an Electron 'Eye'

A unique rapid-fire electron source--originally built as a prototype for driving next-generation X-ray lasers--will help scientists at Berkeley Lab study ultrafast chemical processes and changes in materials at the atomic scale.

ORNL Researchers Discover New State of Water Molecule

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states.

Bakery Switches to Propane Vans

A switch to propane from diesel by a major Midwest bakery fleet showed promising results, including a significant displacement of petroleum, a drop in greenhouse gases and a fuel cost savings of 7 cents per mile, according to a study recently completed by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Cleaning Up Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and Lifespan

Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with a gentle-sounding way of making electrodes. Called ion soft-landing, the high-precision technique resulted in electrodes that could store a third more energy and had twice the lifespan compared to those prepared by a conventional method, the researchers report today in Nature Communications.

Advances in Extracting Uranium From Seawater Announced in Special Issue

The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium--enough to meet global energy needs for the next 10,000 years if only we could capture the element from seawater to fuel nuclear power plants. Major advances in this area have been published.

What Screens Are Made Of: New Twists (and Bends) in LCD Research

A research team has directly measured a spiral molecular arrangement formed by liquid crystals that could help unravel its mysteries and possibly improve the performance of electronic displays.

Unexpected Discovery Leads to a Better Battery

An unexpected discovery has led to a zinc-manganese oxide rechargeable battery that's as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density.

SLAC Partners with Palo Alto Firm to Make Klystrons Much More Efficient

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are working with a major manufacturer to make klystrons - big vacuum tubes that generate microwaves for accelerating particles - much more energy efficient.

Cyber Defense Competition 2016

Please join us for our inaugural Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition where teams of college students compete to design and defend a mock utility system (power plant) from attack.

Ames Laboratory Scientist Inducted Into National Academy of Inventors

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. today at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

DOE Expands Program to JUMP-Start New Building Technologies

Four Department of Energy national laboratories are joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory to expand an online crowdsourcing community for building technologies called JUMP, which bridges the gap between cutting-edge ideas and the marketplace.

Powerful Mass Spectrometer Opens New Vistas for Scientists

Scientists now have access to a powerful new resource - a new 21 Tesla Ultra-High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer - to help them address pressing science challenges related to the environment, biology and energy.

ORNL Hosts Southeast Bioenergy Meeting, Study Tour

Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Major Upgrade Will Boost Power of World's Brightest X-ray Laser

Construction begins today on a major upgrade to a unique X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The project will add a second X-ray laser beam that's 10,000 times brighter, on average, than the first one and fires 8,000 times faster, up to a million pulses per second.

Charles Black Named Director of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Charles (Chuck) Black, group leader for Electronic Nanomaterials at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility located at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named CFN Director, effective March 25, 2016.

NMSU Undergrad Tackles 3D Particle Scattering Animations After Receiving JSA Research Assistantship

Waverly Gorman didn't always want to study physics. She began her college career as a mechanical engineering major. Then she took a class on quantum mechanics, and she was hooked. Now, the 21-year-old New Mexico State University junior is the latest recipient of the Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) Minority/Female Undergraduate Research Assistantship (MFURA) at Jefferson Lab.

ORNL Seeking U.S. Manufacturers to License Low-Cost Carbon Fiber Process

Researchers have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50 percent and the energy used in its production by more than 60 percent.

Don't Touch: How Scientists Study the Reactions Inside Stars

Nuclear scientists at Texas A&M University devised a method that allows scientists to determine key reaction rates at stellar energies using conventional nuclear reactions.

Metal Ions First Sneak in, Then Bust Through

For the first time, scientists obtained an atomic view of two key processes in batteries as they are charged; this study offers new insights about the underlying principles involved in energy storage.

Artificial Moth Eyes Enhance Silicon Solar Cells

Mimicking the texture found on the surfaces of the eyes of moths, scientists have produced nanotextured designs across silicon-based solar cells. The texturing significantly enhanced the light-harvesting and, hence, overall performance of the solar cells.

Silver Ants Stay Cool in the Saharan Heat

Silver ants can maintain stable body temperatures even while traversing the searing sands of the Sahara desert. Scientists have discovered how the ants regulate their body temperature. The ants' mechanism could be used in technologies to cool buildings and vehicles.

Janus-Like Nanoparticle Membranes

Nanoparticles are known to self-assemble at the air-water interface into large 2D sheets. Researchers discovered that an organic coating on the nanoparticles differs slightly between the two sides of the membrane.

Using Nanotubes to Create Single Photons for Quantum Communication

Researchers demonstrated a new material, made from tiny carbon tubes, that emits the desired single photons (of interest for data encryption) at room temperature.

Problem Turned Into Performance for Solar Cells

Researchers designed solar cells with large crystals of perovskite and a specially tailored material sandwiched between the grains, and the result is a more efficient solar cell.

New Microwave Synthesis Technique Produces More-Affordable Hydrogen

Scientists create a molybdenum-based material that could be a low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water to make hydrogen fuel.

Rare Meets Common: Reacting Protactinium with Ubiquitous Water Explains an Elemental Oddity

Scientists demonstrated that a positively charged protactinium dioxide ion may not exist in aqueous solution like other highly charged actinides, such as uranium and plutonium.

Soft and Small Imaging Breakthrough

Using the Molecular Foundry's imaging capabilities, scientists developed a technique, called "CLAIRE," that allows the incredible resolution of electron microscopy to be used for non-invasive imaging of biomolecules and other soft matter.

Monday April 25, 2016, 05:05 PM

Giving Back to National Science Bowl

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