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    Gust or Bust: Blustery Winds Important for Modeling Tropical Rainfall

    Gust or Bust: Blustery Winds Important for Modeling Tropical Rainfall

    Researchers find gusty winds increase surface evaporation that drives summer rainstorms in the Tropical West Pacific.

    Why Toxic Methylmercury Production Increased in a Great Lakes Estuary

    Why Toxic Methylmercury Production Increased in a Great Lakes Estuary

    Research offers evidence that microbes and organic matter raise toxin levels, potentially helping improve mercury monitoring.

    New AI approach bridges the 'slim-data gap' that can stymie deep learning approaches

    New AI approach bridges the 'slim-data gap' that can stymie deep learning approaches

    Scientists have developed a deep neural network that sidesteps a problem that has bedeviled efforts to apply artificial intelligence to tackle complex chemistry - a shortage of precisely labeled chemical data.

    Supplying High-Quality Cancer-Imaging Isotopes

    Supplying High-Quality Cancer-Imaging Isotopes

    New method produces high-purity zirconium-89, a diagnostic radionuclide used to image cancerous tumors.

    Steady as She Goes

    Steady as She Goes

    Scientists tame damaging edge instabilities in steady-state conditions required in a fusion reactor.

    Breakthrough Shines Light on Disease-Fighting Protein

    Breakthrough Shines Light on Disease-Fighting Protein

    A combination of X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy assisted in a collaborative effort to obtain the highest-resolution structure of the fungal protein Hsp104, which may serve to hinder the formation of certain degenerative diseases.

    Laser 'Drill' Sets a New World Record in Laser-Driven Electron Acceleration

    Laser 'Drill' Sets a New World Record in Laser-Driven Electron Acceleration

    Combining a first laser pulse to heat up and "drill" through a plasma, and another to accelerate electrons to incredibly high energies in just tens of centimeters, scientists have nearly doubled the previous record for laser-driven particle acceleration at Berkeley Lab's BELLA Center.

    Silicon and a State of Shock

    Silicon and a State of Shock

    A novel experimental geometry at the Linac Coherent Light Source reveals, for the first time, how silicon responds to shocks similar to those in a planet's core.

    New research identifies causes for defects in 3D printing and paves way for better results

    New research identifies causes for defects in 3D printing and paves way for better results

    New research, led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has identified how and when tiny gas pockets in manufactured products, which lead to cracks and other failures, form. The team has also developed a methodology to predict their formation - information that could dramatically improve the 3D printing process.

    Do Alpha Particle Condensates Exist in Oxygen Nuclei?

    Do Alpha Particle Condensates Exist in Oxygen Nuclei?

    Yes. Such condensates, analogous to those in carbon-12, in heavier nuclei could change how we describe certain elements.

    Not All Ions in Tokamaks Go with the Flow

    Not All Ions in Tokamaks Go with the Flow

    Spectroscopic measurements reveal that main ions flow much faster than impurities at the edge of fusion-relevant plasmas.

    Researchers watch molecules in a light-triggered catalyst ring 'like an ensemble of bells'

    Researchers watch molecules in a light-triggered catalyst ring 'like an ensemble of bells'

    An international team has used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get an incredibly detailed look at what happens to the structure of a model photocatalyst when it absorbs light.

    Measuring the Impossible: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Hydrogen and Helium

    Measuring the Impossible: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Hydrogen and Helium

    The two most abundant elements in the universe, hydrogen and helium, were previously thought to be impossible to measure by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

    New Model Sheds Light on Key Physics of Magnetic Islands that Can Halt Fusion Reactions

    New Model Sheds Light on Key Physics of Magnetic Islands that Can Halt Fusion Reactions

    Surprisingly, a magnetic island does not necessarily perturb the plasma current in a dangerous way and destroy fusion performance.

    Correlated Nucleons May Solve 35-Year-Old Mystery

    Correlated Nucleons May Solve 35-Year-Old Mystery

    A careful re-analysis of data taken at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has revealed a possible link between correlated protons and neutrons in the nucleus and a 35-year-old mystery. The data have led to the extraction of a universal function that describes the EMC Effect, the once-shocking discovery that quarks inside nuclei have lower average momenta than predicted, and supports an explanation for the effect. The study has been published in the journal Nature.

    Early "Fossils" Formed by Tectonics, not Life

    Early "Fossils" Formed by Tectonics, not Life

    The 3.7-billion-year-old structures were considered the first evidence for life on the planet; new evidence suggests differently.

    High-Energy X-Ray Bursts from Low-Energy Plasma

    High-Energy X-Ray Bursts from Low-Energy Plasma

    Scientists discover why solar flares produce X-rays; a few electrons avoid collisions and accelerate to produce a microsecond burst.

    Taking Diamond Qubits for a Spin

    Taking Diamond Qubits for a Spin

    Scientists use implanted silicon ions and electricity to increase the spin time of quantum bits, moving closer to the tech needed for quantum networks.

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 18, 2019

    Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 18, 2019

    ORNL neutrons investigate novel carbon capture crystals; gleaning valuable Twitter data to quickly map power outages; ORNL's lightweight, heat-shielding graphite foam test yields positive results in fusion reactors; open source software scales up analysis of motor designs to run on supercomputers

    Confirming a little-understood source of the process behind northern lights and the formation of stars

    Confirming a little-understood source of the process behind northern lights and the formation of stars

    Feature describes the first fully kinetic model of plasma particles showing that fast reconnection can indeed occur in partially ionized plasma.

    New Molecular Blueprint Advances Our Understanding of Photosynthesis

    New Molecular Blueprint Advances Our Understanding of Photosynthesis

    Researchers at Berkeley Lab have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into cellular energy. The finding will allow scientists to explore for the first time how the complex functions and could have implications for the production of a variety of bioproducts, including plastic alternatives and biofuels.

    Newly Discovered Design Rules Lead to Better Fuel Cell Catalyst

    Newly Discovered Design Rules Lead to Better Fuel Cell Catalyst

    Optimized oxides made from common metals use less energy and show the potential of new design approach.

    Too Close for Comfort: Nanoparticles Need Some Space to Transfer Energy

    Too Close for Comfort: Nanoparticles Need Some Space to Transfer Energy

    Particle crowding interferes with moving energy efficiently along promising molecular chains.

    Atomic Snapshots of Photosynthesis

    Atomic Snapshots of Photosynthesis

    Scientists catch details with atomic resolution, potentially helping design systems to use sunlight and water to produce fuels.

    Newly isolated human gut bacterium reveals possible connection to depression

    Newly isolated human gut bacterium reveals possible connection to depression

    Researchers have established a correlation between depression and a group of neurotransmitter-producing bacteria found in the human gut.