Top 10 Discoveries of 2018

Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory compiles a list of the biggest advances made by the Lab's staff scientists, engineers, and visiting researchers. From uncovering mysteries of the universe to building better batteries, here, in no particular order, are our picks for the top 10 discoveries of 2018.

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $33 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will award 189 grants totaling $33 million to 149 small businesses in 32 states.

DOE to Provide $16 Million for New Research into Atmospheric and Terrestrial Processes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide $16 million for new observational research aimed at improving the accuracy of today's climate and earth system models.

Machine learning award powers Argonne leadership in engine design

When attempting to design engines to be more fuel-efficient and emissions-free, automotive manufacturers have to take into account all the complexity inherent in the combustion process.

ORNL partners with industry to address multiple nuclear technology challenges

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is collaborating with industry on six new projects focused on advancing commercial nuclear energy technologies that offer potential improvements to current nuclear reactors and move new reactor designs closer to deployment.

Lithium earns honors for three physicists working to bring the energy that powers the sun to Earth

Feature describes research of three PPPL physicists who have won the laboratory's 2018 outstanding research awards

DOE approves technical plan and cost estimate to upgrade Argonne facility; Project will create X-rays that illuminate the atomic scale, in 3D

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved the technical scope, cost estimate and plan of work for an upgrade of the Advanced Photon Source, a major storage-ring X-ray source at Argonne.

Costas Soukoulis elected to National Academy of Inventors

Costas Soukoulis, Ames Laboratory senior scientist and Iowa State University Frances M. Craig Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, has been named as a 2018 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.

Biophysicist F. William Studier Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

F. William Studier, a Senior Biophysicist Emeritus at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at Stony Brook University, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is among 148 renowned academic inventors being recognized by NAI for 2018.

Blast to the future

A grant from DOE's Technology Commercialization Fund will help researchers at Argonne and industry partners seek improvements to U.S. manufacturing by making discovery and design of new materials more efficient.

Department of Energy to Provide $24 Million for Computer-Based Materials Design

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide $24 million in new and renewal research awards to advance the development of sophisticated software for computer-based design of novel materials.

Argonne scientists recognized for decades of pioneering leadership in research

Argonne scientists Ali Erdemir and Jack Vaughey were named 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Kurfess, Smith join ORNL to lead advanced manufacturing initiatives

Two leaders in US manufacturing innovation, Thomas Kurfess and Scott Smith, are joining the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support its pioneering research in advanced manufacturing.

Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Four Berkeley Lab scientists - Allen Goldstein, Sung-Hou Kim, Susannah Tringe, and Katherine Yelick - have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

U.S. Department of Energy to Host Nationwide CyberForce Competition(tm) December 1

Students from dozens of colleges/universities will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's CyberForce Competition(tm) this weekend

Seven ORNL researchers named 2019 INCITE award winners

Seven researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been chosen by the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, also known as INCITE, program to lead scientific investigations that require the nation's most powerful computers. The ORNL-based projects span a broad range of the scientific spectrum and represent the potential of high-performance computing in ensuring America's scientific competitiveness and energy security.

DOE Laboratories Win Gordon Bell Prize

Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories were recently awarded the 2018 Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM's) Gordon Bell Prize.

Department of Energy Announces 32 R&D 100 Award Winners

DOE researchers have won 32 of the R&D 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine. The annual awards are given in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous year.

Jefferson Lab Shares 2018 R&D 100 Award for Cancer Treatment Monitoring System

The OARtrac(r) system, built by RadiaDyne and including technologies developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, has been awarded a 2018 R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine.

Four Argonne Technologies Receive 2018 R&D 100 Awards

Four Argonne research projects have earned R&D 100 Awards, long considered the "Oscars" of scientific innovation.

Argonne's Min Si receives early career award from IEEE Computer Society

Argonne's Min Si wins Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in High Performance Computing through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Jefferson Lab Director Appointed to Distinguished Professorship

Stuart Henderson, director of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, has been appointed the Governor's Distinguished CEBAF professor at Old Dominion University. The position is supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is named for the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, which is the main research facility located at Jefferson Lab.

DOE issues call for HPC for Energy Innovation proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative today issued its first joint solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) and the High Performance Computing for Materials Program (HPC4Mtls).

DOE funding advances project to turn captured CO2 into key chemicals

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Southern Research for an award of up to $1.5 million to advance technology for carbon dioxide utilization.

Sierra Reaches Higher Altitudes, Takes Number Two Spot on List of Fastest Supercomputers

Sierra, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's newest supercomputer, rose to second place on the list of the world's fastest computing systems, TOP500 List representatives announced Monday at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis conference (SC18) in Dallas.