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A Cooperative Way to Make Ammonia

A better understanding of how bacteria fix nitrogen gas into nitrogen-carrying ammonia could lead to energy savings in industrial processes. Researchers are studying the bacterial enzyme that does this, a complicated enzyme called nitrogenase. In...
4-Oct-2016 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Powered for Life: Self-Charging Tag Tracks Fish as Long as They Swim


A self-powered fish-tracking tag uses a flexible strip containing piezoelectric materials to emit tiny beeps that are recorded by underwater microphones. The device is designed for longer-living fish such as sturgeon, eels and lamprey.
26-Sep-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Plutonium Keeps Its Electrons Close to Home


Extremely complex plutonium has ties to energy and security. Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Lab and Washington State University found that plutonium's behavior, in plutonium tetrafluoride, can be attributed to atoms hoarding electrons
15-Sep-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

PNNL Scientist Joins the Hunt for Signs of Ancient Life on Mars


A PNNL expert on rock chemistry and microbial life is part of a team investigating whether there has ever been life on Mars. Sherry Cady’s expertise ferreting out signs of ancient life on early Earth will help scientists decide which rock samples...
31-Aug-2016 11:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Johannes Lercher Received Inaugural Lectureship From Australian Catalysis Society


Johannes Lercher, Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis, was chosen for the first David Trim and Noel Cant Lectureship sponsored by the Catalysis Society of Australia.
31-Aug-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Super Cement's Secret


Mayenite is one smart cement -- it can be turned from an insulator to a transparent conductor and back. It is also suitable for use as semiconductors in flat panel displays. The secret behind mayenite's magic is a tiny change in its chemical...
29-Aug-2016 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Sugar Hitches a Ride on Organic Sea Spray


Hitching a ride on fatty molecules, a "sticky" strategy shields sugary molecules from their soluble nature, and may explain the discrepancies between models and actual measurements of sea spray aerosol composition.
23-Aug-2016 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Transformations: Basic Catalysis Enabling Zero-Carbon-Footprint Future, Scale-up of Aviation Biofuels, Five Cents about Nickel Catalysts


The August 2016 issue of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis' Transformations highlights in catalysis.
22-Aug-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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