Newly Discovered Material Property May Lead to High Temp Superconductivity

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity.

Scientists Harness CO2 to Consolidate Biofuel Production Process

JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process.

World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Completes Search

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its search for the missing matter of the universe. Today LUX scientific collaborators, which includes Berkeley Lab, presented the results from the detector's final 20-month run.

Modern Off-Grid Lighting Could Create 2 Million New Jobs in Developing World

Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting--such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns--to solar-LED systems. While this trend has tremendous environmental benefits, a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that it spurs economic development as well, to the tune of 2 million potential new jobs.

Comparing Fungal Secretions to Uncover Carbon Compound Degradation Pathways

Fungal secretomes, those collections of all molecules secreted by a cell, contain enzymes that could help cost-effectively convert plant mass into sustainable transportation fuels. In a July 19, 2016 study in Plos ONE, a comparative analysis of four fungal secretomes revealed more about the variety of pathways employed to break down carbon compounds.

Scientists Create New Thin Material That Mimics Cell Membranes

Materials scientists have created a new material that performs like a cell membrane found in nature. Such a material has long been sought for applications as varied as water purification and drug delivery. The material can assemble itself into a sheet thinner but stabler than a soap bubble, the researchers report July 12 in Nature Communications.

New ORNL Tool Probes for Genes Linked to Toxic Methylmercury

Environmental scientists can more efficiently detect genes required to convert mercury in the environment into more toxic methylmercury with molecular probes developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Scientists Determine Structure of Enzyme Linked with Key Cell-Signaling Protein

Scientists have captured atomic level snapshots showing how one key enzyme modifies a protein involved in turning genes on or off inside cells. Understanding this process helps explain how complex organisms can arise from a finite number of genes. The research also identifies links between defects in this particular enzyme and certain cancers, potentially pointing to new drug targets.

Dark Energy Measured with Record-Breaking Map of 1.2 Million Galaxies

A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers, including those from Berkeley Lab, have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The team constructed this map to make one of the most precise measurements yet of the dark energy currently driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe.

Modeling Predicts Which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops

To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory are using computational modeling to predict which counties could see increases in soil organic carbon from cultivation of crops for biofuels. The results are contributing to DOE's third Billion-Ton report expected later this year.

SLAC, Stanford Scientists Work with Startup to Get Tabletop Laser Through the 'Valley of Death'

Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have collaborated with a local startup company to turn a novel tabletop laser - one that produces extreme ultraviolet light at unprecedented energies and pulse rates for studies of complex materials - into a commercial product.

"Dream Team" Chosen to Study Basic Science of Nuclear Waste

PNNL's "Dream Team" has been selected to lead one of four new Energy Frontier Research Centers to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to support the Department of Energy's cleanup mission.

Terry Brog, PPPL's New Deputy Director for Operations, Has Focus on Excellence

Terry Brog is the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's new deputy director for operations. Brog has decades of experience in senior leadership, most recently as manager of the Strategic Projects Division within the Facilities and Operations division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.

Entrepreneur Application Opens for New $4.4 Million Energy Incubator at Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory's new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs, called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), opens the application period for its first cohort.

Research Begins at SLAC's Newest X-ray Laser Experimental Station

A new X-ray laser experimental station at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory recently welcomed its first research group, scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Siemann Graduate Fellowships Help Advance Accelerator Research

Four graduate students working on innovative accelerator technologies at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have been awarded Robert H. Siemann Graduate Fellowships in Physics. Established in memory of long-time SLAC accelerator physicist and Stanford faculty member Robert Siemann, the fellowship provides funding to outstanding graduate students doing accelerator research at the lab.

Jefferson Lab Director Awarded Glazebrook Medal

The director of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and president of Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, Hugh E. Montgomery, has just been awarded the prestigious Glazebrook Medal by the Institute of Physics. The Glazebrook medal is one of four Gold medals awarded annually by the Institute of Physics, a society based in the United Kingdom with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000 who work to advance physics education, research and application.

PNNL's Richard Moss to Help Guide New Phase of US National Climate Assessment

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened a new chapter of the National Climate Assessment by announcing the appointment of new members to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Chairing this 15-member committee will be Richard Moss, a senior scientist with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

U.S. Department of Energy Commits More Than $1.7 Million to Help Commercialize Promising Argonne-Associated Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday, June 21, announced that it is committing more than $1.7 million in funding to help Argonne National Laboratory and research partners move multiple promising energy technologies to the marketplace. News of the Argonne awards was part of a larger announcement by DOE that, through the first round of funding from its Technology Commercialization Fund , it will award nearly $16 million to support 54 projects at 12 national labs involving dozens of research partners.

PNNL to Lead Regional Smart Manufacturing Center

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been named to lead the Northwest Regional Manufacturing Center as part of the national Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

A Watery Roadblock in the Pathway to Biofuels

Removing oxygen atoms is vital to turning biomass into biofuels. Scientists discovered how water interferes with two oxygen-removal paths by creating a highly stable intermediate that costs energy to move along the reaction path

Engineering E. Coli for Biofuel, Bioproduct Production

Researchers developed an alternative fatty acid synthase (FAS) system in which enzymes from other organisms work with the native FAS in <i>E. coli</i> to improve the microbe's capacity for chemical production.

Loosen Up Cell Walls and Get the Sugars Out

Plant cell walls resist deconstruction. Pretreatment can loosen the structural integrity of cell walls, reducing their recalcitrance. This study offers insights into how pretreatment induces such cell wall modifications in different types of biomass.

Closing the Loop: Ionic Liquids From Biomass Waste Could Pretreat Plants Destined for Biofuels

Ionic liquids (ILs) prepare plant matter to be broken into its component sugars, which can be used in creating biofuels. However, the availability and high cost of petroleum-derived ILs pose challenges. Synthesizing new ILs directly from biomass "wastes" could help.

Elevated Carbon Dioxide Suppresses Dominant Plant Species in a Mixed-Grass Prairie

Led by researchers from Wyoming, a team found that elevated carbon dioxide levels suppress the dominant plant species in a northern U.S. Great Plains mixed-grass prairie, creating a less diverse community.

Characterization of Poplar Budbreak Gene Enhances Understanding of Spring Regrowth

The gene identified and characterized in this study will enhance the understanding of how woody perennial plants begin their growth cycle, enabling development of new approaches to population management.

New Methods for Investigating Wood Formation

Poplar trees and other woody plants are desirable starting points for producing transportation fuels. The challenge is that the wood-forming materials resist chemical breakdown. Scientists developed two new methods to understand the recalcitrance of woody material.

A One-Pot Recipe for Making Jet Fuel

Isolating an <i>E. coli</i> mutant that tolerates a liquid salt used to break apart plant biomass into sugary polymers could streamline the biofuels production process.

Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production From Bio-Oils

Scientists discovered that removing the oxygen and water from biomass feedstock forms an impurity that decelerates and significantly disrupts the process.

Stimulate Bacteria to Stop Chromium in Groundwater

Scientists at Miami University and DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory found that adding a specific nutrient stimulates the bacteria to transform nearby iron that, in turn, reduces the chromium to a much less mobile material.

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