Tasty Fat: X-Rays Finding the Blueprint of Why Fat Is Yummy

Over three years, a University of Guelph team has brought increasingly complex samples of edible fat to the APS for research. They are using the data from the APS USAXS facility to characterize the nanoscale structure of different kinds of edible fats and applying the data to a model that predicts the effect of processes like heating and mixing on fat structure. If food manufacturers understand the unique structures of different fat compositions, they can better mimic the desirable tastes and textures of unhealthy fats with healthier alternatives, potentially impacting diseases closely tied to diet.

Cuing Environmental Responses in Fungi

Sensory perception lies at the heart of adaptation to changing conditions, and helps fungi to improve growth and recycle organic waste, and to know when and how to infect a plant or animal host. New results from a comparative fungal genome analysis conducted by a DOE JGI-led team shed light on the evolution of sensory perception in fungi.

Scientists Create "Magnetic Charge Ice"

A team of scientists working at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and led by Northern Illinois University physicist and Argonne materials scientist Zhili Xiao has created a new material, called "rewritable magnetic charge ice," that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies.

Revealing the Nature of Magnetic Interactions in Manganese Oxide

A mathematical approach for studying local magnetic interactions has helped scientists understand the magnetic properties of a material with long-range magnetic order.

A Rallying Call for Microbiome Science National Data Management

Massive amounts of data require infrastructure to manage and store the information in a manner than can be easily accessed for use. In a paper published May 16, 2016 in Trends in Microbiology, DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers call for the formation of a National Microbiome Data Center to efficiently manage the datasets accumulated globally.

Caught on Camera: First Movies of Droplets Getting Blown Up by X-ray Laser

Researchers have made the first microscopic movies of liquids getting vaporized by the world's brightest X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The new data could lead to better and novel experiments at X-ray lasers, whose extremely bright, fast flashes of light take atomic-level snapshots of some of nature's speediest processes.

5 Ways Scientists Can Make Soil Less Dirty

A primer on 5 remediation methods scientists can use to pull contaminants out of soil and groundwater.

Neutrons Probe Structure of Enzyme Critical to Development of Next-Generation HIV Drugs

A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron analysis to better understand a protein implicated in the replication of HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS. The enzyme, known as HIV-1 protease, is a key drug target for HIV and AIDS therapies. The multi-institutional team used neutron crystallography to uncover detailed interactions of hydrogen bonds at the enzyme's active site, revealing a pH-induced proton 'hopping' mechanism that guides its activity.

Temporary Oilfield Workers Are Major Factor in Increased Water Use in N. Dakota Bakken Region

Increased water use in the rapidly growing oil industry in North Dakota's Bakken oil shale region, or play, is surprisingly due not only to oil well development but also to people, according to a recent study. Increased oil development in that region has attracted thousands of oilfield employees.

ORNL Demonstrates Large-Scale Technique to Produce Quantum Dots

ORNL demonstrates a method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications.

Argonne-Developed Technology for Achieving Superlubricity Wins 2016 Techconnect National Innovation Award

A Graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity that was developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has won a 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award. TechConnect is a global innovation prospecting company, delivering the most promising technologies to the world's leading corporate, investment and government clients. Principal investigator and Argonne nanoscientist Ani Sumant accepted the award on May 22 at the TechConnect-National Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. The technology received the award because it placed in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee.

Physicist Egemen Kolemen awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program

Physicist Egemen Kolemen, who has dual appointments at both Princeton University and PPPL, has been awarded funding from the DOE's Early Career Research Program. The grant, covering five years and totaling almost $850,000, will support research on how to monitor and control instabilities within fusion machines known as tokamaks.

New Argonne National Lab Program to Provide Entrepreneurs with Unparalleled Opportunity to Launch Clean Energy and Science-Based Ventures

To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI).

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Opening Chattanooga Office

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will open an office at EPB headquarters in Chattanooga's Innovation District that will link local companies to the national laboratory's resources and expertise.

ORNL Exclusively Licenses Carbon Fiber Processing Inventions to RMX Technologies

RMX Technologies of Knoxville, Tenn., and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that dramatically reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber.

New Microbiome Center to Combine UChicago, Marine Biological Laboratory and Argonne Expertise

The University of Chicago, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new partnership called The Microbiome Center that will combine the three institutions' efforts to understand the identity and function of microbes across environments.

Award Enables Research for More Efficient Accelerators

Jefferson Lab Staff Scientist Grigory Eremeev has just been awarded a five-year grant through DOE's Early Career Research Program to double the efficiency of some of the most efficient particle accelerators being used for research.

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates New Research Facility at Ames Laboratory

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz emphasized the role of materials research in clean energy innovation Friday May 6 at the dedication of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory Sensitive Instrument Facility.

Three PNNL Scientists Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Three scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been selected to receive 2016 Early Career Research Program research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.

X-Ray Scientist Haidan Wen Wins DOE Early Career Award

X-ray physicist Haidan Wen of Argonne National Laboratory received a DOE Early Career Award, a prestigious research grant for $2.5 million over five years.

Catalyze It! Special Issue Highlights Drive for Discoveries at National Labs

At the national labs, scientists have clarified the principles underlying basic catalysis science and resolved issues for biofuels, emission control, fuel cells, and more; a special issue of ACS Catalysis features the work from 10 labs, including PNNL

Platinum, Puddles, and Water's True Nature

Scientists made a "stop action movie" of tiny ice crystals melting and eventually wetting a platinum surface using a nanoscale technique they devised; the physics of wetting is crucial to making coatings for fibers or surfaces.

Small and Powerful: Pushing the Boundaries of Nano-Magnets

Researchers built extremely small, thermally stable magnetic particles with magnetic properties comparable to some rare earth magnets, the strongest permanent magnets ever created. These tiny magnets are as small as 5 nanometers, a million times smaller than an ant.

Hollow and Filled with Potential

Catalytic nanocages, which are tiny, open structures with reactive surfaces that could boost key chemical processes, are notoriously difficult to synthesize. Scientists recently succeeded in a new approach.

New Insight on a Familiar Glow

Invaluable as markers for monitoring photosynthesis and other energy-related processes in living cells, green fluorescent proteins are vital in high-resolution imaging studies. Scientists found that when water is added to the protein's chromophore, the fluorescence is more stable.

Capturing Molecular Motion with Relativistic Electrons

Scientists aligned nitrogen molecules with a laser pulse; they obtained atomic-resolution images of the subsequent motion of the molecules using femtosecond electron pulses.

Changing Colors for Built-in Sunblock

Too much sunlight can harm plants; with an eye to learning from nature's success, scientists found that an orange-colored protein that protects cyanobacteria from overexposure to sunlight shifts to a reddish color that helps dissipate excess energy as heat.

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.

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