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    New Nitrogen Assembly Carbon catalyst has potential to transform chemical manufacturing

    New Nitrogen Assembly Carbon catalyst has potential to transform chemical manufacturing

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a metal-free carbon-based catalyst that has the potential to be much less expensive and more efficient for many industrial concerns, including manufacturing of bio- and fossil fuels, electrocatalysis, and fuel cells.

    Natural Radiation Can Interfere with Quantum Computers

    Natural Radiation Can Interfere with Quantum Computers

    Radiation from natural sources in the environment can limit the performance of superconducting quantum bits, known as qubits. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, has implications for the construction and operation of quantum computers.

    Revised code could help improve efficiency of fusion experiments

    Revised code could help improve efficiency of fusion experiments

    Researchers led by PPPL have upgraded a key computer code for calculating forces acting on magnetically confined plasma in fusion energy experiments. The upgrade will help scientists further improve the design of breakfast-cruller-shaped facilities known as stellarators.

    Scientists create protein models to explore toxic methylmercury formation

    Scientists create protein models to explore toxic methylmercury formation

    A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory created a computational model of the proteins responsible for the transformation of mercury to toxic methylmercury, marking a step forward in understanding how the reaction occurs and how mercury cycles through the environment.

    Faster, more efficient energy storage could stem from holistic study of layered materials

    Faster, more efficient energy storage could stem from holistic study of layered materials

    A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a novel, integrated approach to track energy-transporting ions within an ultra-thin material, which could unlock its energy storage potential leading toward faster charging, longer-lasting devices.

    Some of America's Favorite Produce Crops May Need to Get a Move On by 2045

    Some of America's Favorite Produce Crops May Need to Get a Move On by 2045

    New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows that by the years 2045-2049 future temperatures will have more of an effect on when cool-season crops, such as broccoli and lettuce, can be grown than on where, while for warm-season crops (cantaloupe, tomatoes, carrots) the impact will be greater for where they can be grown versus when.

    Filling in the blanks: How supercomputing can aid high-resolution X-ray imaging

    Filling in the blanks: How supercomputing can aid high-resolution X-ray imaging

    Scientists are preparing for the increased brightness and resolution of next-generation light sources with a computing technique that reduces the need for human calculations to reconstruct images.

    Argonne scientists use artificial intelligence in new way to strengthen power grid resiliency

    Argonne scientists use artificial intelligence in new way to strengthen power grid resiliency

    A new artificial neural network model, created by Argonne scientists, handles both static and dynamic features of a power system with a relatively high degree of accuracy.

    2D Electronics Get an Atomic Tuneup

    2D Electronics Get an Atomic Tuneup

    Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated a new technique that could improve the performance of atomically thin semiconductors for next-generation electronics such as optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, and sensors.

    Argonne scientists create water filtration membranes that can clean themselves

    Argonne scientists create water filtration membranes that can clean themselves

    Scientists at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new, low-cost means to address membrane fouling through the application of a light-activated coating that can make the membrane self-cleaning.

    Novel 3D-printed device demonstrates enhanced capture of carbon dioxide emissions

    Novel 3D-printed device demonstrates enhanced capture of carbon dioxide emissions

    The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have designed and additively manufactured a first-of-its-kind aluminum device that enhances the capture of carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuel plants and other industrial processes.

    Toward an Ultrahigh Energy Density Capacitor

    Toward an Ultrahigh Energy Density Capacitor

    Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have demonstrated that a common material can be processed into a top-performing energy storage material. Their discovery could improve the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of personal electronics, wearable technologies, and car audio systems.

    Searching for supernova neutrinos with DUNE

    Searching for supernova neutrinos with DUNE

    The international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment collaboration has published a paper about its capability for performing supernova physics. It details the kind of activity DUNE expects in the detector during a supernova burst, how DUNE will know once a supernova occurs and what physics DUNE will extract from the neutrinos. DUNE's unique strength is its sensitivity to a particular type of neutrino called the electron neutrino, which will provide scientists with supernova data not available from any other experiment.

    Cryo-EM study yields new clues to chicken pox infection

    Cryo-EM study yields new clues to chicken pox infection

    Stanford and SLAC scientists studying the varicella zoster virus found that an antibody that blocks infection doesn't work exactly as they'd thought.

    The historical partnership that revolutionized battery research at Argonne

    The historical partnership that revolutionized battery research at Argonne

    Argonne battery scientist Michael Thackeray highlights the ongoing research into manganese-based lithium-ion batteries, and how his work with Nobel Prize winner John B. Goodenough in the 80s has informed today's studies.

    Low-Cost Home Air Quality Monitors Prove Useful for Wildfire Smoke

    Low-Cost Home Air Quality Monitors Prove Useful for Wildfire Smoke

    Published recently in the journal Sensors, a new study by Berkeley Lab air quality scientists tested four models of low-cost air quality monitors during actual wildfire pollution events and found that their readings of PM2.5 - or particulate matter under 2.5 microns, which has been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular issues - were consistently higher than the reference monitor used by the regulatory agencies; however, since each monitor had a relatively consistent response to the smoke, it is possible to use the readings to estimate true PM2.5 levels. Overall, the researchers concluded that the monitors can provide actionable information.

    New findings could help scientists tame damaging heat bursts in fusion reactors

    New findings could help scientists tame damaging heat bursts in fusion reactors

    Physicists at PPPL discover a new trigger for edge localized modes (ELMs) -- instabilities that can halt fusion reactions and damage the tokamaks that house such reactions.

    AI software enables real-time 3D printing quality assessment

    AI software enables real-time 3D printing quality assessment

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed artificial intelligence software for powder bed 3D printers that assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.

    A Shining Example of Nature Leading the Way

    A Shining Example of Nature Leading the Way

    From oil refining to automobile pollution-control devices to the bulk of pharmaceuticals, platinum-group metals are the go-to choice for facilitating chemical reactions. It's been that way for decades. But a new review article in the August 14 issue of the journal Science, led by first author Morris Bullock of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, provides a road map toward greater use of Earth-abundant metals, which would reduce cost and environmental impact.

    UChicago scientists discover way to make quantum states last 10,000 times longer

    UChicago scientists discover way to make quantum states last 10,000 times longer

    Scientists discovered a simple modification that allows quantum systems to stay operational 10,000 times longer than previous systems.

    SLAC scientists invent low-cost emergency ventilator and share the design for free

    SLAC scientists invent low-cost emergency ventilator and share the design for free

    Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented an emergency ventilator that could help save the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

    Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device

    Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device

    Researchers discover a technique for widening the windows of plasma current to enhance suppression of edge localized modes (ELMs) that can damage tokamak facilities.

    A team of international physicists join forces in hunt for sterile neutrinos

    A team of international physicists join forces in hunt for sterile neutrinos

    The MINOS+ and Daya Bay neutrino experiments combine results to produce most stringent test yet for the existence of sterile neutrinos.

    Explosive nuclear astrophysics

    Explosive nuclear astrophysics

    An international team has made a key discovery related to "presolar grains" found in some meteorites. This discovery has shed light on stellar explosions and the origin of chemical elements. It has also provided a new method for astronomical research.

    Aug. 2020 Science Snapshots

    Aug. 2020 Science Snapshots

    *Subtropical weather phenomenon likely to bring greater rainfall - and drought - by 2100 *A Q&A with scientist Bin Wang on how Berkeley Lab is helping cities prepare for a major shift in our transportation and grid sectors *Berkeley Lab founder, cyclotron inventor, and Nobel laureate Ernest Lawrence, honored with a Memorial Highway in his home state.