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Released: 30-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Parker Spiral Created in the Laboratory for the First Time Ever
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The Sun is a spinning ball of plasma that generates its own magnetic field. As the Sun spews out plasma, it generates solar wind that pulls the Sun’s magnetic field along with it, twisting the magnetic field into what is called a Parker spiral. A recent experiment recreated this interaction at a small scale in the laboratory.

Newswise: Using Fiber Optics to Advance Safe and Renewable Energy
Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Using Fiber Optics to Advance Safe and Renewable Energy
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring of Arctic permafrost thaw. Now they have been awarded new grants to develop fiber optics for two novel uses: monitoring offshore wind operations and underground natural gas storage.

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Released: 26-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Renewable energy developments threaten biodiverse areas
University of Queensland

More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe.

Newswise: New Technique Looks for Dark Matter Traces in Dark Places
Released: 26-Mar-2020 2:15 PM EDT
New Technique Looks for Dark Matter Traces in Dark Places
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new study by scientists at Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and the University of Michigan – published online this week in the journal Science – concludes that a possible dark matter-related explanation for a mysterious light signature in space is largely ruled out.

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Released: 26-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Looking Up From the Mountaintop: Q&A with a Telescope Instrument's Lead Observer
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In this Q&A Satya Gontcho A Gontcho, a lead observer for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), shares her experiences at the DESI site near Tucson, Arizona, including evening observing stints to run through detailed checklists and probe how the instrument’s components are working.

Newswise: Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts
Released: 26-Mar-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Loading single platinum atoms on titanium dioxide promotes the conversion of a plant derivative into a potential biofuel.

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Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Fish story: ORNL researchers use 3D printing, sensors to create models for hydropower testing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Environmental scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in recent months teamed with the lab's experts in advanced manufacturing to create model fish that can be used to test hydropower turbine designs for potential impacts on fish species of interest.

Newswise: Scientists Observe Superconductivity in Two Meteorites
Released: 23-Mar-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Scientists Observe Superconductivity in Two Meteorites
University of California San Diego

Researchers from UC San Diego and Brookhaven Laboratory in New York investigated a diverse population of meteorites. Among the 15 pieces of comets and asteroids studied, they found two with superconductive grains.

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Released: 23-Mar-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Island Retreat: Pellets Help Remove Magnetic Island Instabilities
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Tokamaks use magnetic fields to control plasma “Magnetic islands” are unstable structures that form in these magnetic fields. Researchers discovered that firing frozen pellets of deuterium deep into the plasma caused the magnetic islands to shrink.

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