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    Today's forecast: How to predict crucial plasma pressure in future fusion facilities

    Today's forecast: How to predict crucial plasma pressure in future fusion facilities

    Feature describes improved model for forecasting the crucial balance of pressure at the edge of a fusion plasma.

    Science Snapshots: messenger proteins, new TB drug, artificial photosynthesis

    Science Snapshots: messenger proteins, new TB drug, artificial photosynthesis

    Science Snapshots: messenger proteins, new TB drug, artificial photosynthesis

    Plastics, Fuels and Chemical Feedstocks From CO2? They're Working on It

    Plastics, Fuels and Chemical Feedstocks From CO2? They're Working on It

    Four SUNCAT scientists describe recent research results related to the quest to capture CO2 from the smokestacks of factories and power plants and use renewable energy to turn it into industrial feedstocks and fuels.

    Getting a look under the hood of topological insulators

    Getting a look under the hood of topological insulators

    Because of topological insulators' unique electronic properties and their potential use in spintronic devices and even conceivably as transistors for quantum computers, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory investigated the dynamics of the conducting surface electrons in these materials.

    New Investigation Cuts Through the Haze Surrounding "Smoke-Free" Tobacco Products

    New Investigation Cuts Through the Haze Surrounding "Smoke-Free" Tobacco Products

    Marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, a new class of tobacco products called heat-not-burn devices is quickly gaining in popularity across the globe. A study by Berkeley Lab's Indoor Environment Group shows that

    Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

    Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

    In a recent study, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created a miniaturized chip-based superconducting circuit that couples quantum waves of magnetic spins called magnons to photons of equivalent energy.

    Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2019

    Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2019

    ORNL story tips: ORNL's project for VA bridges computing prowess, VA health data to speed up suicide risk screenings for U.S. veterans; ORNL reveals ionic liquid additive lubricates better than additives in commercial gear oil; researchers use neutron scattering to probe colorful new material that could improve sensors, vivid displays; unique 3D printing approach adds more strength, toughness in certain materials.

    Study Reveals 'Radical' Wrinkle in Forming Complex Carbon Molecules in Space

    Study Reveals 'Radical' Wrinkle in Forming Complex Carbon Molecules in Space

    A team of scientists has discovered a new possible pathway toward forming carbon structures in space using a specialized chemical exploration technique at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source.

    SMART Algorithm Makes Beamline Data Collection Smarter

    SMART Algorithm Makes Beamline Data Collection Smarter

    Researchers in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications have been working with beamline scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop and test SMART, a mathematical method that enables autonomous experimental decision making without human interaction.

    The Chemistry of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint in Microscopic Detail to Inform Preservation Efforts

    The Chemistry of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint in Microscopic Detail to Inform Preservation Efforts

    To learn more about the chemical processes in oil paints that can damage aging artwork, a team led by researchers at the National Gallery of Art and the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted a range of studies that included 3D X-ray imaging of a paint sample at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source.

    First report of superconductivity in a nickel oxide material

    First report of superconductivity in a nickel oxide material

    Scientists at SLAC and Stanford have made the first nickel oxide material that shows clear signs of superconductivity - the ability to transmit electrical current with no loss. The first in a potential new family of unconventional superconductors, its similarity to the cuprates raises hopes that it can be made to superconduct at relatively high temperatures.

    Smarter Experiments for Faster Materials Discovery

    Smarter Experiments for Faster Materials Discovery

    UPTON, NY - A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory designed, created, and successfully tested a new algorithm to make smarter scientific measurement decisions.

    Enhancing Materials for Hi-Res Patterning to Advance Microelectronics

    Enhancing Materials for Hi-Res Patterning to Advance Microelectronics

    Scientists created organic-inorganic materials for transferring ultrasmall features into silicon with a high aspect ratio.

    Scientists Discover "Electron Equivalents" in Colloidal Systems

    Scientists Discover "Electron Equivalents" in Colloidal Systems

    In new research outlined in a recent issue of Science, scientists tethered smaller particles in colloidal crystals to larger ones using DNA, allowing them to determine how the smaller particles filled in the regions surrounding the larger ones.

    Smelling is Believing

    Smelling is Believing

    PNNL vapor detection technology quickly and accurately identifies explosives, deadly chemicals, and illicit drugs

    PNNL Publishes Distributed Wind Energy Report

    PNNL Publishes Distributed Wind Energy Report

    Wind energy costs at all-time lows, as wind turbines grow larger

    WildFires Could Permanently Alter Alaska's Forest Composition

    WildFires Could Permanently Alter Alaska's Forest Composition

    A team of researchers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory projected that the combination of climate change and increased wildfires will cause the iconic evergreen conifer trees of Alaska to get pushed out in favor of broadleaf deciduous trees, which shed their leaves seasonally.

    Of Leaves and Light

    Of Leaves and Light

    Imagine getting an entire health workup just by having your picture taken--no invasive poking or prodding, not even a pinprick blood test. That's a goal ecologists have for monitoring the health of plants. Their cameras would be high-resolution sensors mounted on drones or satellites, capable of capturing much more than what's visible to the naked eye.

    New Technique Could Streamline Design of Intricate Fusion Device

    New Technique Could Streamline Design of Intricate Fusion Device

    Stellarators, twisty machines that house fusion reactions, rely on complex magnetic coils that are challenging to design and build. Now, a PPPL physicist has developed a mathematical technique to help simplify the design of the coils.

    Measuring the Charge of Electrons in a High-Temp Superconductor

    Measuring the Charge of Electrons in a High-Temp Superconductor

    The measurements could inform the search for new materials that perfectly conduct electricity at relatively higher temperatures.

    A new way to generate solar steam for cleaning water and reducing waste

    A new way to generate solar steam for cleaning water and reducing waste

    At the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, researchers are exploring affordable materials that could absorb the sunlight necessary to evaporate water and recapture it, leaving contaminants behind.

    Amazon Rainforest Absorbing Less Carbon Than Expected

    Amazon Rainforest Absorbing Less Carbon Than Expected

    An international team of scientists, including climate scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found that accounting for phosphorus-deficient soils reduced projected carbon dioxide uptake by an average of 50% in the Amazon, compared to current estimates based on previous climate models that did not take into account phosphorus deficiency.

    Fermilab's newest accelerator delivers first results

    Fermilab's newest accelerator delivers first results

    IOTA is designed to develop technologies to increase the number of particles in a beam without increasing the beam's size and thus the size and cost of the accelerator. IOTA researchers are investigating a novel technique called nonlinear integrable optics. The technique was a winner: Scientists observed that these specialized magnets significantly decreased the instability.

    Brookhaven Completes LSST's Digital Sensor Array

    Brookhaven Completes LSST's Digital Sensor Array

    After 16 years of dedicated planning and engineering, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have completed a 3.2 gigapixel sensor array for the camera that will be used in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a massive telescope that will observe the universe like never before.

    Scientists Report Two Advances in Understanding the Role of 'Charge Stripes' in Superconducting Materials

    Scientists Report Two Advances in Understanding the Role of 'Charge Stripes' in Superconducting Materials

    In independent studies, two research teams report important advances in understanding how charge stripes might interact with superconductivity. Both studies were carried out with X-rays at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.