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    You'll Never Be-Leaf What Makes Up This Battery

    Scientists at the University of Maryland have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery's negative terminal, or anode, according to a paper published yesterday in the journal ACS Applied Materials Interfaces.

    Scientists Discover Protein's Starring Role in Genome Stability, and Possibly Cancer Prevention

    Scientists Discover Protein's Starring Role in Genome Stability, and Possibly Cancer Prevention

    A protein called XPG plays a previously unknown and critical role helping to maintain genome stability in human cells. It may also help prevent breast, ovarian, and other cancers associated with defective BRCA genes.

    Seagrass Genome Sequence Lends Insights to Salt Tolerance

    Seagrass Genome Sequence Lends Insights to Salt Tolerance

    Coastal seagrass ecosystems cover some 200,000 square kilometers and account for an estimated 15 percent of carbon fixed in global ocean. In Nature, a team including DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers describes the first marine angiosperm genome: the eelgrass Zostera marina.

    Simplifying Solar Cells with a New Mix of Materials

    Simplifying Solar Cells with a New Mix of Materials

    An international research team has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design. Arrays of solar cells are used in solar panels to convert sunlight to electricity. The special blend of materials eliminates the need for a process known as doping that steers the device's properties by introducing foreign atoms to its electrical contacts.

    Imaged 'Jets' Reveal Cerium's Post-Shock Inner Strength

    Imaged 'Jets' Reveal Cerium's Post-Shock Inner Strength

    "Jets" formed after shock waves passed through cerium metal provided the yield stress of cerium in its post-shock state, indicating the stress that would cause it to become permanently deformed.

    Uncovering Hidden Microbial Lineages from Hot Springs

    Uncovering Hidden Microbial Lineages from Hot Springs

    Published January 27, 2016 in Nature Communications, a team led by researchers at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility, utilized the largest collection of metagenomic datasets to uncover a completely novel bacterial phylum - "Kryptonia."

    Ames Laboratory DNP-NMR Spectrometer Offers Higher Speed, More Precision

    Ames Laboratory DNP-NMR Spectrometer Offers Higher Speed, More Precision

    In just a little over a year of operation, the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory's dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer has successfully characterized materials at the atomic scale level with more speed and precision than ever possible before.

    Microbes Take Their Vitamins - for the Good of Science

    Microbes Take Their Vitamins - for the Good of Science

    Scientists have made a "vitamin mimic" - a molecule that looks and acts just like a natural vitamin to bacteria - that offers a new window into the inner workings of living microbes.

    Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

    Assessing the Impact of Human-Induced Climate Change

    Researchers at Berkeley Lab and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research develop and apply new method to determine whether specific climate impacts can be traced to human-caused emissions.

    New Theory of Secondary Inflation Expands Options for Avoiding an Excess of Dark Matter

    New Theory of Secondary Inflation Expands Options for Avoiding an Excess of Dark Matter

    A new theory from physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Stony Brook University, which will publish online on January 18 in Physical Review Letters, suggests a shorter secondary inflationary period that could account for the amount of dark matter estimated to exist throughout the cosmos.

    BESC Study Seeks Nature's Best Biocatalysts for Biofuel Production

    BESC Study Seeks Nature's Best Biocatalysts for Biofuel Production

    Researchers are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. A new comparative study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory-based center finds the natural abilities of unconventional bacteria could help boost the efficiency of cellulosic biofuel production.

    Annihilating Nanoscale Defects

    Annihilating Nanoscale Defects

    Researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne may have found a way for the semiconductor industry to hit miniaturization targets on time and without defects.

    Superoxide Gives Lithium-Air Batteries a Jolt

    Superoxide Gives Lithium-Air Batteries a Jolt

    In a recent experiment, Argonne battery scientists Jun Lu, Larry Curtiss and Khalil Amine, along with American and Korean collaborators, were able to produce stable crystallized lithium superoxide (LiO2) instead of lithium peroxide during battery discharging. Unlike lithium peroxide, lithium superoxide can easily dissociate into lithium and oxygen, leading to high efficiency and good cycle life.

    PPPL Engineers Complete the Design of Wendelstein 7-X Scraper Unit

    PPPL Engineers Complete the Design of Wendelstein 7-X Scraper Unit

    Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have finished designing a novel component for the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator, which recently opened at the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) in Griefswald, Germany.

    A Simple Way to Make Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes That Protect Themselves

    A Simple Way to Make Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes That Protect Themselves

    Scientists at three Department of Energy national laboratories have discovered how to keep a promising new type of lithium ion battery cathode from developing a crusty coating that degrades its performance. The solution: Use a simple manufacturing technique to form the cathode material into tiny, layered particles that store a lot of energy while protecting themselves from damage.

    Unique Two-Level Cathode Structure Improves Battery Performance

    Unique Two-Level Cathode Structure Improves Battery Performance

    A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory say they've found a way to make a battery cathode with a hierarchical structure where the reactive material is abundant yet protected--key points for high capacity and long battery life.

    Technique Matters: A Different Way to Make a Cathode May Mean Better Batteries

    Technique Matters: A Different Way to Make a Cathode May Mean Better Batteries

    Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide, or NMC, is one of the most promising chemistries for better lithium batteries, especially for electric vehicle applications, but scientists have been struggling to get higher capacity out of them. Now researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that using a different method to make the material can offer substantial improvements.

    How Seashells Get Their Strength

    How Seashells Get Their Strength

    Seashells and lobster claws are hard to break, but chalk is soft enough to draw on sidewalks. Though all three are made of calcium carbonate crystals, the hard materials include clumps of soft biological matter that make them much stronger. A study today in Nature Communications reveals how soft clumps get into crystals and endow them with remarkable strength.

    A Nanoscale Look at Why a New Alloy Is Amazingly Tough

    A Nanoscale Look at Why a New Alloy Is Amazingly Tough

    A team of researchers led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has identified several mechanisms that make a new, cold-loving material one of the toughest metallic alloys ever.

    Renewable Energy for State Renewable Portfolio Standards Yielded Sizable Benefits and Other Impacts in 2013

    Renewable Energy for State Renewable Portfolio Standards Yielded Sizable Benefits and Other Impacts in 2013

    A new study estimates that billions in dollars in benefits come from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013. RPS policies require utilities or other electricity providers to meet a minimum portion of their load with eligible forms of renewable electricity.

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

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

    Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center at ORNL offers world of opportunities; New ORNL material offers clear advantages for consumer products and more; Hospital occupancy data helping ORNL study population distribution; Laser beams, plasmonic sensors able to detect trace biochemical compounds; ORNL devises new tool to map vegetation, wildlife habitat; ORNL software connects dots of disparate data; ORNL breaks mold with steel like none other

    PPPL Physicists Simulate Innovative Method for Starting Up Tokamaks Without Using a Solenoid

    PPPL Physicists Simulate Innovative Method for Starting Up Tokamaks Without Using a Solenoid

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have produced self-consistent computer simulations that capture the evolution of an electric current inside fusion plasma without using a central electromagnet, or solenoid.

    Q&A: Biologist Describes Milestone toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

    Q&A: Biologist Describes Milestone toward a Universal Flu Vaccine

    Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and the Crucell Vaccine Institute have now designed a protein fragment called mini-HA that stimulates the production of antibodies against a variety of influenza viruses. A key part of the work took place at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a DOE Office of Science User Facility at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where the scientists used a technique called X-ray crystallography to look at the atomic structure of the mini-HA at each stage of its development.

    Beam-Beam Compensation Scheme Doubles Proton-Proton Collision Rates at RHIC

    Beam-Beam Compensation Scheme Doubles Proton-Proton Collision Rates at RHIC

    Accelerator physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have successfully implemented an innovative scheme for increasing proton collision rates at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). More proton collisions at this DOE Office of Science User Facility produce more data for scientists to sift through to answer important nuclear physics questions, including the search for the source of proton spin.

    Ames Laboratory Scientist's Calculation Featured on Cover of Physical Review Letters

    Ames Laboratory Scientist's Calculation Featured on Cover of Physical Review Letters

    Research performed by U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory Associate Scientist Durga Paudyal was recently featured on the cover of the November 13, 2015, issue of Physical Review Letters.