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    New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops

    New Science Behind Algae-based Flip-flops

    UC San Diego researchers formulated polyurethane foams, made from algae oil, to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops. Their latest result, in a series of recent research publications, offers a complete solution to the plastics problem--at least for polyurethanes.

    Horizon31 startup licenses ORNL global communication system for drones

    Horizon31 startup licenses ORNL global communication system for drones

    Horizon31, LLC, of Knoxville, Tenn., has exclusively licensed a novel communication system that allows users to reliably operate unmanned vehicles such as drones from anywhere in the world using only an internet connection.

    A Closer Look at Water-Splitting's Solar Fuel Potential

    A Closer Look at Water-Splitting's Solar Fuel Potential

    Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have gained important new insight into how the performance of a promising semiconducting thin film can be optimized at the nanoscale for renewable energy technologies such as solar fuels.

    Poison control: Chasing the antidote

    Poison control: Chasing the antidote

    A fast-acting antidote to mitigate the effects of organophosphate poisoning requires a reactivator that can effectively and efficiently cross the blood-brain barrier, bind loosely to the enzyme, chemically snatch the poison and then leave quickly. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using neutron diffraction data towards improving a novel reactivator design.

    Promising new research identifies innovative approach for controlling defects in 3D printing

    Promising new research identifies innovative approach for controlling defects in 3D printing

    Argonne scientists use temperature data to tune -- and fix -- defects in 3D-printed metallic parts.

    Turning carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

    Turning carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

    University reports a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product and low cost.

    Interpreting the Human Genome's Instruction Manual

    Interpreting the Human Genome's Instruction Manual

    Berkeley Lab bioscientists are part of a nationwide research project, called ENCODE, that has generated a detailed atlas of the molecular elements that regulate our genes. This enormous resource will help all human biology research moving forward.

    Ultrafast lasers probe elusive chemistry at the liquid-liquid interface

    Ultrafast lasers probe elusive chemistry at the liquid-liquid interface

    Real-time measurements captured by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory provide missing insight into chemical separations to recover cobalt, a critical raw material used to make batteries and magnets for modern technologies.

    Dark Energy Survey census of the smallest galaxies hones the search for dark matter

    Dark Energy Survey census of the smallest galaxies hones the search for dark matter

    Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have used observations of the smallest known galaxies to better understand dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up 85% of the matter in the universe. The smallest galaxies can contain hundreds to thousands of times more dark matter than normal visible matter, making them ideal laboratories for studying this mysterious substance. By performing a rigorous census of small galaxies surrounding our Milky Way, scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have been able to constrain the fundamental particle physics that governs dark matter.

    Story Tips: Pandemic impact, root studies, neutrons confirm, lab on a crystal and modeling fusion

    Story Tips: Pandemic impact, root studies, neutrons confirm, lab on a crystal and modeling fusion

    ORNL Story Tips: Pandemic impact, root studies, neutrons confirm, lab on a crystal and modeling fusion

    Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions

    Scientists propose a novel method for controlling fusion reactions

    Researchers at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have developed a pulsed method for stabilizing magnetic islands that can cause disruptions in fusion plasmas.

    Cementing the future

    Cementing the future

    Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials are utilizing nano- and micro-scale imaging to better understand the chemical processes behind the formation of cement.

    Fat-Based Molecules are Key to Zika Virus Infection

    Fat-Based Molecules are Key to Zika Virus Infection

    Researchers from PNNL have helped colleagues at OHSU identify lipid molecules required for Zika infection in human cells. The specific lipids involved could also be a clue to why the virus primarily infects brain tissue.

    Another Win for the Standard Model: New Study Defies Decades-Old 'Discrepancy' With High-Precision Measurement

    Another Win for the Standard Model: New Study Defies Decades-Old 'Discrepancy' With High-Precision Measurement

    A new study dives into a decades-old discrepancy from a Standard Model of particle physics pillar known as "lepton flavor universality," and provides strong evidence to resolve it.

    Influx of Electric Vehicles Accelerates Need for Grid Planning

    Influx of Electric Vehicles Accelerates Need for Grid Planning

    A new PNNL report says the western U.S. bulk power system can reliably support projected growth of up to 24 million electric vehicles through 2028, but challenges will arise as EV adoption grows beyond that threshold. This study is the most comprehensive of its kind, integrating multiple variables not evaluated before, such as growth in commercial delivery fleets and long-haul trucks, as well as large-scale and long-term EV charging scenarios and strategies.

    First results of an upgraded experiment highlight the value of lithium for the creation of fusion energy

    First results of an upgraded experiment highlight the value of lithium for the creation of fusion energy

    Initial results of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment-Beta (LTX-β) at PPPL show that the enhancements significantly improve performance of the plasma that will fuel future fusion reactors.

    Hybrid inverter integrates distributed energy resources, supports smart grid function

    Hybrid inverter integrates distributed energy resources, supports smart grid function

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed an intelligent power electronic inverter platform that can connect locally sited energy resources such as solar panels, energy storage and electric vehicles and smoothly interact with the utility power grid.

    Ready to Join the Fight Against COVID-19

    Ready to Join the Fight Against COVID-19

    UPTON, NY--On July 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory opened a new cryo-electron microscopy center, the Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure (LBMS), with an initial focus on COVID-19-related research. This state-of-the-art research center for life sciences imaging offers researchers access to advanced cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM)--funded by NY State--for studying complex proteins, as well as the architecture of cells and tissues.

    ORNL-produced plutonium-238 to help power Perseverance on Mars

    ORNL-produced plutonium-238 to help power Perseverance on Mars

    Mars 2020 will be the first NASA mission that uses ORNL-produced plutonium-238, the first U.S.-produced Pu-238 in three decades. ORNL's Pu-238 will help power Perseverance across the Red Planet's surface.

    Solving materials problems with a quantum computer

    Solving materials problems with a quantum computer

    Scientists at Argonne and the University of Chicago have developed a method paving the way to using quantum computers to simulate realistic molecules and complex materials. They tested the method on a quantum simulator and IBM quantum computer.

    How clean water technologies could get a boost from X-ray synchrotrons

    How clean water technologies could get a boost from X-ray synchrotrons

    In a new perspective, SLAC and University of Paderborn scientists argue that research at synchrotrons could help improve water-purifying materials in ways that might not otherwise be possible.

    Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response

    Computational gene study suggests new pathway for COVID-19 inflammatory response

    A team led by Dan Jacobson of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the Summit supercomputer at ORNL to analyze genes from cells in the lung fluid of nine COVID-19 patients compared with 40 control patients.

    Scientists record rapid carbon loss from warming peatlands

    Scientists record rapid carbon loss from warming peatlands

    Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a direct relationship between climate warming and carbon loss in a peatland ecosystem.

    X-Rays Recount Origin of Oddball Meteorites

    X-Rays Recount Origin of Oddball Meteorites

    X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab played a key role in resolving the origin of rare, odd meteorites that have puzzled scientists since their discovery a half-century ago. Known as type IIE iron meteorites, they appear to have originated from a parent body that had a composition featuring both fully melted and unmelted parts - other meteorite types display only one composition.

    Redesigning lithium-ion battery anodes for better performance

    Redesigning lithium-ion battery anodes for better performance

    In a new study, a team led by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory has made discoveries concerning a potential new, higher-capacity anode material, which would allow lithium-ion batteries to have a higher overall energy capacity.