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    The Future of Coastal Flooding

    The Future of Coastal Flooding

    Better storm surge prediction capabilities could help reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.

    Estimating Global Energy Use for Water-Related Processes

    Estimating Global Energy Use for Water-Related Processes

    Scientists find that water-related energy consumption is increasing across the globe, with pronounced differences across regions and sectors.

    Small Nanoparticles Have Surprisingly Big Effects on Polymer Nanocomposites

    Small Nanoparticles Have Surprisingly Big Effects on Polymer Nanocomposites

    When a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory tried to verify that shrinking the nanoparticle size would adversely affect the mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites, they got a big surprise.

    Argonne Invents Reusable Sponge That Soaks Up Oil, Could Revolutionize Oil Spill and Diesel Cleanup

    Argonne Invents Reusable Sponge That Soaks Up Oil, Could Revolutionize Oil Spill and Diesel Cleanup

    Scientists at Argonne have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge, that not only easily adsorbs spilled oil from water, but is also reusable and can pull dispersed oil from the entire water column--not just the surface.

    Study Examines Tungsten in Extreme Environments to Improve Fusion Materials

    Study Examines Tungsten in Extreme Environments to Improve Fusion Materials

    Chad Parish of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is senior author of a study that explored degradation of tungsten under reactor-relevant conditions. Learning how energetic atomic bombardment affects tungsten microscopically helps engineers improve nuclear materials.

    New Materials Could Turn Water Into the Fuel of the Future

    New Materials Could Turn Water Into the Fuel of the Future

    Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Caltech have--in just two years--nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They did so by developing a process that promises to speed the discovery of commercially viable generation of solar fuels that could replace coal, oil, and other fossil fuels.

    Imaging the Inner Workings of a Sodium-Metal Sulfide Battery for First Time

    Imaging the Inner Workings of a Sodium-Metal Sulfide Battery for First Time

    Scientists discover that the iron sulfide battery material undergoes significant changes in its microstructure and chemical composition as sodium ions enter and leave the material during the first discharge/charge cycle, leading to an initial loss in battery capacity.

    New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

    New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

    Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at Berkeley Lab.

    Water-Repellent Nanotextures Found to Have Excellent Anti-Fogging Abilities

    Water-Repellent Nanotextures Found to Have Excellent Anti-Fogging Abilities

    Nanotextures inspired by cone-shaped structures found on the surface of cicada wings could inform new designs for materials prone to fogging, such as car and aircraft windshields.

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2017

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2017

    Rapid prototyping aids small manufacturer; accelerated method could separate CO2 from flue gases; EBM technique controls microstructure, locates properties in 3-D printed parts; open-source, user-friendly software monitors, controls energy use; drones to aid electric utilities to enhance safety, system reliability; ORNL cyberspace conf.

    Scientists Discover Magnetic "Persuasion" in Neighboring Metals

    Scientists Discover Magnetic "Persuasion" in Neighboring Metals

    Summary (1-3 sentences): Certain materials can be swayed by their neighbors to become magnetic, according to a new Argonne study.

    Corrective 'Eyeglasses' Now Available For X-Ray Research Facilities

    Corrective 'Eyeglasses' Now Available For X-Ray Research Facilities

    A research collaboration designed and built special spectacles, or corrective phase plates, for use at light sources that use high-intensity X-rays to probe matter in fine detail. Nature Communications published the details of the method, developed in part by researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

    Tweaking Electrolyte Makes Better Lithium-Metal Batteries

    Tweaking Electrolyte Makes Better Lithium-Metal Batteries

    New research shows adding a pinch of chemical additive to a lithium-metal battery's electrolyte helps make rechargeable batteries that are stable, charge quickly, and go longer in between charges.

    Researchers Coax Particles to Form Vortices Using Magnetic Fields

    Researchers Coax Particles to Form Vortices Using Magnetic Fields

    Researchers at Argonne created tiny swirling vortices out of magnetic particles, providing insight into the behavior that governs such systems -- which opens up new opportunities for materials and devices with new properties.

    The Heat Is On

    The Heat Is On

    NASA is developing a new family of flexible heat-shield systems with a woven carbon-fiber base material, and is using X-rays at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source to test the designs.

    New Droplet-on-Tape Method Assists Biochemical Research at X-Ray Lasers

    New Droplet-on-Tape Method Assists Biochemical Research at X-Ray Lasers

    scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and other institutes designed a new assembly-line system that rapidly replaces exposed biological samples by moving droplets along a miniature conveyor belt, timed to coincide with the arrival of the X-ray pulses. The droplet-on-tape system now allows the team to study the biochemical reactions in real-time from microseconds to seconds, revealing the stages of these complex reactions.

    The Brown Rot Two-Step

    The Brown Rot Two-Step

    Understanding how brown rot fungi degrade wood could lead to new tools for more efficient biofuel production.

    Protein Structure Solved From Smallest Crystals Yet

    Protein Structure Solved From Smallest Crystals Yet

    An international team of scientists used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to determine the structure of an insect virus's crystalline protein "cocoon."

    Researchers Catch Extreme Waves with Higher-Resolution Modeling

    Researchers Catch Extreme Waves with Higher-Resolution Modeling

    A new Berkeley Lab study shows that high-resolution models captured hurricanes and big waves that low-resolution ones missed. Better extreme wave forecasts are important for coastal cities, the military, the shipping industry, and surfers.

    Microbiomes More in Flux in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Microbiomes More in Flux in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to a study published in Nature Microbiology. The results help physicians understand the disease more fully and potentially offer new ways to track the disease and monitor patients.

    Kepler, Don't Give Up on the Hunt for Exomoons

    Kepler, Don't Give Up on the Hunt for Exomoons

    LLNL researchers have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible for a planetary collision to form a moon large enough for Kepler to detect. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Megan Bruk Syal and Amy Barr of the Planetary Science Institute conducted a series of around 30 simulations to explore how various factors affect moon creation.

    Scientists Estimate Solar Nebula's Lifetime

    Scientists Estimate Solar Nebula's Lifetime

    A collaborative study involving Brookhaven, MIT, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro suggests the gas cloud from which our solar system formed lasted about 4 million years.

    New Study of Ferroelectrics Offers Roadmap to Multivalued Logic for Neuromorphic Computing

    New Study of Ferroelectrics Offers Roadmap to Multivalued Logic for Neuromorphic Computing

    Research published Wednesday in Nature Scientific Reports lays out a theoretical map to use ferroelectric material to process information using multivalued logic - a leap beyond the simple ones and zeroes that make up our current computing systems that could let us process information much more efficiently.

    Pure as the Driven X-Ray

    Pure as the Driven X-Ray

    Seeding x-ray free electron lasers with customized electron beams produces incredibly stable laser pulses that could enable new scientific discoveries.

    Keep 'Em Separated

    Keep 'Em Separated

    Researchers found that the metal-organic framework NU-1000 allows separation of toxic furanics from sugars, which is necessary for efficient ethanol production.