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    Study Offers New Theoretical Approach to Describing Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions

    Study Offers New Theoretical Approach to Describing Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions

    Two physicists at Argonne offered a way to mathematically describe a particular physics phenomenon called a phase transition in a system out of equilibrium. Such phenomena are central in physics, and understanding how they occur has been a long-held and vexing goal; their behavior and related effects are key to unlocking possibilities for new electronics and other next-generation technologies.

    Berkeley Lab Scientists Discover New Atomically Layered, Thin Magnet

    Berkeley Lab Scientists Discover New Atomically Layered, Thin Magnet

    Berkeley Lab scientists have found an unexpected magnetic property in a 2-D material. The new atomically thin, flat magnet could have major implications for a wide range of applications, such as nanoscale memory, spintronic devices, and magnetic sensors.

    Stabilizing Molecule Could Pave Way for Lithium-Air Fuel Cell

    Stabilizing Molecule Could Pave Way for Lithium-Air Fuel Cell

    Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs.

    Scientists Identify Chemical Causes of Battery "Capacity Fade"

    Scientists Identify Chemical Causes of Battery "Capacity Fade"

    Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory identified one of the major culprits in capacity fade of high-energy lithium-ion batteries.

    Modeling Reveals How Policy Affects the Adoption of Solar Energy Photovoltaics in California

    Modeling Reveals How Policy Affects the Adoption of Solar Energy Photovoltaics in California

    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, inspired by efforts to promote green energy, are exploring the factors driving commercial customers in Southern California, both large and small, to purchase and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. As the group reports this week in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, they built a model for commercial solar PV adoption to quantify the impact of government incentives and solar PV costs.

    Machine Learning Dramatically Streamlines Search for More Efficient Chemical Reactions

    Machine Learning Dramatically Streamlines Search for More Efficient Chemical Reactions

    A catalytic reaction may follow thousands of possible paths, and it can take years to identify which one it actually takes so scientists can tweak it and make it more efficient. Now researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have taken a big step toward cutting through this thicket of possibilities.

    Freezing Lithium Batteries May Make Them Safer and Bendable

    Freezing Lithium Batteries May Make Them Safer and Bendable

    Columbia Engineering Professor Yuan Yang has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of the solid electrolyte for lithium batteries that are used in portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-level energy storage. The study is published online April 24 in Nano Letters.

    New Study Reveals the Mystery Behind the Formation of Hollowed Nanoparticles During Metal Oxidation

    New Study Reveals the Mystery Behind the Formation of Hollowed Nanoparticles During Metal Oxidation

    In a newly published <i>Science</i> paper, Argonne and Temple University researchers reveal new knowledge about the behavior of metal nanoparticles when they undergo oxidation, by integrating X-ray imaging and computer modeling and simulation. This knowledge adds to our understanding of fundamental processes like oxidation and corrosion.

    Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology

    Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology

    With help from a supernova-hunting pipeline based at NERSC, astronomers captured multiple images of a gravitationally lensed Type 1a supernova. This is currently the only one, but if astronomers can find more they may be able to measure Universal expansion within four percent accuracy. Luckily, Berkeley Lab researchers do have a method for finding more.

    Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles

    Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles

    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phones and laptops.

    Changing the Game

    Changing the Game

    High performance computing researcher Shuaiwen Leon Song asked if hardware called 3D stacked memory could do something it was never designed to do--help render 3D graphics.

    A Scientific Advance for Cool Clothing: Temperature-Wise, That Is

    A Scientific Advance for Cool Clothing: Temperature-Wise, That Is

    Stanford University researchers, with the aid of the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer at UC San Diego, have engineered a low-cost plastic material that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer, reducing the need for energy-consuming air conditioning.

    Adjusting Solar Panel Angles a Few Times a Year Makes Them More Efficient

    Adjusting Solar Panel Angles a Few Times a Year Makes Them More Efficient

    With Earth Day approaching, new research from Binghamton University-State of New York could help U.S. residents save more energy, regardless of location, if they adjust the angles of solar panels four to five times a year.

    A Real CAM-Do Attitude

    A Real CAM-Do Attitude

    A multi-institutional team used resources at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility to catalog how desert plants photosynthetic processes vary. The study could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops for food and fuel.

    Predictive Power

    Predictive Power

    The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors carried out the largest time-dependent simulation of a nuclear reactor ever to support Tennessee Valley Authority and Westinghouse Electric Company during the startup of Watts Bar Unit 2, the first new US nuclear reactor in 20 years. The simulation was carried out primarily on OLCF resources.

    Advantage: Water

    Advantage: Water

    When water comes in for a landing on the common catalyst titanium oxide, it splits into hydroxyls just under half the time. Water's oxygen and hydrogen atoms shift back and forth between existing as water or hydroxyls, and water has the slightest advantage, like the score in a highly competitive tennis game.

    Self-Assembling Polymers Provide Thin Nanowire Template

    Self-Assembling Polymers Provide Thin Nanowire Template

    In a recent study, a team of researchers from Argonne, the University of Chicago and MIT has developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires, using a process that could enable mass manufacturing with standard types of equipment.

    Did You Catch That? Robot's Speed of Light Communication Could Protect You From Danger

    Did You Catch That? Robot's Speed of Light Communication Could Protect You From Danger

    If you were monitoring a security camera and saw someone set down a backpack and walk away, you might pay special attention - especially if you had been alerted to watch that particular person. According to Cornell University researchers, this might be a job robots could do better than humans, by communicating at the speed of light and sharing images.

    From Moo - to Goo

    From Moo - to Goo

    Scientists have developed a new system to convert methane into a deep green, energy-rich, gelatin-like substance that can be used as the basis for biofuels and other bioproducts, specialty chemicals - and even feed for cows that create the gas in the first place.

    Researchers Gain Insight Into Protein Critical to Zika Virus Reproduction

    Researchers Gain Insight Into Protein Critical to Zika Virus Reproduction

    Berkeley Lab researchers collaborated with colleagues from the University of Indiana and Texas A&M University to solve the atomic structure of a Zika virus protein that is key to viral reproduction. The X-ray studies were conducted at the Advanced Light Source in the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology.

    Americans Use More Clean Energy in 2016

    Americans Use More Clean Energy in 2016

    Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Overall, energy consumption was nearly flat.

    Scientists Watch a Molecule Protect Itself From Radiation Damage

    Scientists Watch a Molecule Protect Itself From Radiation Damage

    When DNA is hit with ultraviolet light, it can lose excess energy from radiation by ejecting the core of a hydrogen atom -- a single proton -- to keep other chemical bonds in the system from breaking. To gain insight into this process, researchers used X-ray laser pulses from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to investigate how energy from light transforms a relatively simple molecule, 2-thiopyridone.

    Coming to a Lab Bench Near You: Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

    Coming to a Lab Bench Near You: Femtosecond X-Ray Spectroscopy

    Berkeley Lab researchers have, for the first time, captured the ephemeral electron movements in a transient state of a chemical reaction using ultrafast, tabletop X-ray spectroscopy. The researchers used femtosecond pulses of X-ray light to catch the unraveling of a ring molecule that is important in biochemical and optoelectronic processes.

    Discovered: Novel Group of Giant Viruses

    Discovered: Novel Group of Giant Viruses

    Viruses outnumber the microbes on Earth. A handful of giant viruses have been discovered in the past two decades. In Science, DOE Joint Genome Institute scientists report discovering a novel group of giant viruses that they believe significantly increases our understanding of viral evolution. 

    Scientists at PPPL Further Understanding of a Process That Causes Heat Loss in Fusion Devices

    Scientists at PPPL Further Understanding of a Process That Causes Heat Loss in Fusion Devices

    In the past year, scientists at PPPL have made important advances in the study of secondary electron emissions.