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    SLAC, Stanford Team Finds a Tough New Catalyst for Use in Renewable Fuels Production

    SLAC, Stanford Team Finds a Tough New Catalyst for Use in Renewable Fuels Production

    Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a tough new catalyst that carries out a solar-powered reaction 100 times faster than ever before, works better as time goes on and stands up to acid.

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2016

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2016

    1) Metals that bind. 2) Cleaner coatings. 3) Testing future reactors. 4) Modeling radiation damage.

    SLAC's High-speed 'Electron Camera' Films Atomic Nuclei in Vibrating Molecules

    SLAC's High-speed 'Electron Camera' Films Atomic Nuclei in Vibrating Molecules

    An ultrafast "electron camera" at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has made the first direct snapshots of atomic nuclei in molecules that are vibrating within millionths of a billionth of a second after being hit by a laser pulse. The method, called ultrafast electron diffraction (UED), could help scientists better understand the role of nuclear motions in light-driven processes that naturally occur on extremely fast timescales.

    Study Finds Potential New Biomarker for Cancer Patient Prognosis

    Study Finds Potential New Biomarker for Cancer Patient Prognosis

    Berkeley Lab researchers linked the overexpression of 14 genes related to cell division to cancer patients' prognosis and response to specific treatments. The findings could be used to develop a biomarker that doctors and patients use to make better informed decisions in clinical settings.

    Researchers Peel Back Another Layer of Chemistry with 'Tender' X-rays

    Researchers Peel Back Another Layer of Chemistry with 'Tender' X-rays

    Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit developed at Berkeley Lab.

    Argonne Theorists Solve a Long-Standing Fundamental Problem

    Argonne Theorists Solve a Long-Standing Fundamental Problem

    Trying to understand a system of atoms is like herding gnats - the individual atoms are never at rest and are constantly moving and interacting. When it comes to trying to model the properties and behavior of these kinds of systems, scientists use two fundamentally different pictures of reality, one of which is called "statistical" and the other "dynamical." The two approaches have at times been at odds, but scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory announced a way to reconcile the two pictures.

    A Virtual Flight Through a Catalyst Particle Finds Evidence of Poisoning

    A Virtual Flight Through a Catalyst Particle Finds Evidence of Poisoning

    Merging two powerful 3-D X-ray techniques, a team of researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Utrecht University in the Netherlands revealed new details of a process known as metal poisoning that clogs the pores of catalyst particles used in gasoline production, causing them to lose effectiveness.

    Super Cement's Secret

    Super Cement's Secret

    Mayenite is one smart cement -- it can be turned from an insulator to a transparent conductor and back. It is also suitable for use as semiconductors in flat panel displays. The secret behind mayenite's magic is a tiny change in its chemical composition. In new work in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show how components called electron anions help to transform crystalline mayenite, also called C12A7, into semiconducting glass.

    Poof! The Weird Case of the X-Ray That Came Out Blank

    Poof! The Weird Case of the X-Ray That Came Out Blank

    Imagine getting a medical X-ray that comes out blank - as if your bones had vanished. That's what happened when scientists cranked up the intensity of the world's first X-ray laser, at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to get a better look at a sample they were studying: The X-rays seemed to go right through it as if it were not there.

    Five Brookhaven Lab Projects Selected as R&D 100 Award Finalists

    Five Brookhaven Lab Projects Selected as R&D 100 Award Finalists

    Five projects from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have been selected as finalists for the 2016 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.

    Streamlining Accelerated Computing for Industry

    Streamlining Accelerated Computing for Industry

    In an effort to modernize CFD, a group of Imperial College researchers has developed new open-source software called PyFR, a Python-based application that combines highly accurate numerical methods with a highly flexible, portable, and scalable code implementation that makes efficient use of accelerators. Industry adoption of the code could allow companies to better exploit petascale computing to understand long-standing fluid flow problems, unsteady turbulence in particular.

    X-Ray Research on Short-Lived Isotope Provides New Possibilities for Cancer Treatment

    X-Ray Research on Short-Lived Isotope Provides New Possibilities for Cancer Treatment

    A recent paper published in Nature Communications reveals insights about the element actinium that could support new classes of anticancer drugs. The experiment was conducted by the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

    How to Keep the Superhot Plasma Inside Tokamaks From Chirping

    How to Keep the Superhot Plasma Inside Tokamaks From Chirping

    Physicists have learned which conditions within fusion plasma make the occurrence of chirping modes more likely.

    A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

    A New Way to Display the 3-D Structure of Molecules

    Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers have developed nanoscale display cases that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples.

    Scientists Uncover the Origin of High-Temperature Superconductivity in Copper-Oxide Compound

    Scientists Uncover the Origin of High-Temperature Superconductivity in Copper-Oxide Compound

    Brookhaven physicist Ivan Bozovic and his team have an explanation for why certain materials can conduct electricity without resistance at temperatures well above those required by conventional superconductors.

    Unveiled: Earth's Viral Diversity

    Unveiled: Earth's Viral Diversity

    Plumbing the Earth's microbial diversity requires learning more about poorly-studied relationships between microbes and the viruses that infect them, impacting how they regulate global cycles. Using the world's largest collection of assembled metagenomic datasets, DOE JGI researchers uncovered over 125,000 partial and complete viral genomes.

    Annual Wind Power Market Report Confirms Technology Advancements, Improved Project Performance, and Low Wind Energy Prices

    Annual Wind Power Market Report Confirms Technology Advancements, Improved Project Performance, and Low Wind Energy Prices

    Wind energy pricing remains attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Berkeley Lab. Prices offered by newly built wind projects are averaging around 2 cents/kWh, driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.

    Local Wind Powering More U.S. Companies

    Local Wind Powering More U.S. Companies

    .American companies are increasingly making their own power - and sales - with wind turbines located near the factories and buildings that consume the power they make, concludes PNNL's 2015 Distributed Wind Market Report.

    Critical Materials Institute, Oddello Industries Pursue Recovery of Rare-Earth Magnets From Used Hard Drives

    Critical Materials Institute, Oddello Industries Pursue Recovery of Rare-Earth Magnets From Used Hard Drives

    A process for large-scale recovery of rare earth magnets from used computer hard drives will undergo industrial testing under a new agreement between Oddello Industries LLC and ORNL, as part of the Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute.

    Big PanDA Tackles Big Data for Physics and Other Future Extreme Scale Scientific Applications

    Big PanDA Tackles Big Data for Physics and Other Future Extreme Scale Scientific Applications

    A team of physicists just received $2.1 million in funding for 2016-2017 from DOE's Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program to enhance a "workload management system" for handling the ever-increasing data demands of two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider and expanding its use as a general workload management service for a Department of Energy supercomputer.

    Expanding the Stable of Workhorse Yeasts

    Expanding the Stable of Workhorse Yeasts

    So far industry has only harnessed a fraction of the yeast diversity available for biotechnological applications, including biofuel production. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers aims to help boost the use of a wider range of yeasts.

    New Material Discovery Allows Study of Elusive Weyl Fermion

    New Material Discovery Allows Study of Elusive Weyl Fermion

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a new type of Weyl semimetal, a material that opens the way for further study of Weyl fermions, a type of massless elementary particle hypothesized by high-energy particle theory and potentially useful for creating high-speed electronic circuits and quantum computers.

    New Residential Water Heater Concept Promises High Efficiency, Lower Cost

    New Residential Water Heater Concept Promises High Efficiency, Lower Cost

    Scientists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Florida has developed a novel method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems for water heating in residential buildings.

    SLAC, Stanford Gadget Grabs More Solar Energy to Disinfect Water Faster

    SLAC, Stanford Gadget Grabs More Solar Energy to Disinfect Water Faster

    Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have created a nanostructured device, about half the size of a postage stamp, that disinfects water much faster than the UV method by also making use of the visible part of the solar spectrum, which contains 50 percent of the sun's energy.

    Fermi Researchers Explore New Ways of Searching for Dark Matter

    Fermi Researchers Explore New Ways of Searching for Dark Matter

    Researchers working with more than six years of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have used novel approaches to search for cosmic signals that could reveal what mysterious dark matter is made of. The scientists looked for hypothetical axion particles, studied the gamma-ray emissions from a large satellite galaxy of our Milky Way and analyzed the faint glow of gamma rays that covers the entire sky.