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DOE SCIENCE NEWS BY TOPIC: Energy Sciences
DOE research touches virtually every aspect of energy resources, production, conversion, efficiency, and waste mitigation. A central goal is to find ways to minimize the use of fossil fuels and maximize the use and efficiency of renewable energy sources such as water; the sun; wind; ocean waves, tides, and thermal energy; the earth’s heat; and biomass resources for biofuels (www.eere.energy.gov). DOE also seeks to generate, transmit, and use electricity and other energy sources much more efficiently and with higher capacity; explore the use of hydrogen in fuel and energy applications; develop clean coal technologies; optimize nuclear energy plants, and harness fusion as a completely new, economically and environmentally attractive energy source. (http://science.energy.gov/fes/ )

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Materials scientists play atomic 'Jenga' and make a surprising discovery

Materials scientists play atomic 'Jenga' and make a surprising discovery

Researchers got a surprise when they built a highly ordered lattice by layering thin films containing lanthanum, strontium, oxygen and iron. Although each layer had an intrinsically nonpolar (symmetric) distribution of electrical charges, the lattice had an asymmetric distribution of charges. The charge asymmetry creates an extra 'switch' that brings functionalities to materials when 'flipped' by external stimuli. The material defects induced polar behavior and can provide a new mechanism for manipulating electricity and magnetism in energy and information technologies.

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Neutron science workshops seek to define field's grand challenges

Scientists are hoping to push the limits of neutron science and associated analytical techniques in order to address challenges.

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Neutron science workshops seek to define field's grand challenges

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Lab News Releases
27-Aug-2014
Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

26-Aug-2014
Scientists craft atomically seamless, thinnest-possible semiconductor junctions
University of Washington

26-Aug-2014
Composition of Earth's mantle revisited
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

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