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Supercomputers aid in understanding the basic building blocks of nature
A team of scientists collaborating under the leadership of Paul Mackenzie of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has been awarded a total of 80 million processor hours at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility for quantum chromodynamics research to help develop a unified theory of how the four forces interact. Physicists believe that more fundamental interactions must unite the presently observed forces.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Turning data into wild rides through dark domes
Thanks to scientists at SLAC and Stanford, planetarium audiences can fly through an increasingly realistic cosmos. A show now playing in San Francisco is a case in point. Unlike shows of a decade ago, all the animations are based on real scientific data including visualizations made by researchers at KIPAC, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.

Contact: Melinda Lee
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Buried treasure
EMSL scientist Hongfei Wang and his team recently struck a vein that could lead to research gold for scientists interested in molecular interactions at interfaces. Their picosecond-femtosecond broadband sum frequency generation system is now ready to provide a new generation of surface vibrational spectroscopy and imaging.

Contact: Mary Beckman
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Packing the ions
Drexel University's Yury Gogotsi and colleagues recently needed an atom's-eye view of a promising supercapacitor material to sort out experimental results that were exciting but appeared illogical. That view was provided by a research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory computational chemists Bobby Sumpter and Jingsong Huang and computational physicist Vincent Meunier.

Contact: Leo Williams
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chemistry and materials simulations speed clean energy production and storage
Catalysts are just one area of investigation for a multi-institutional team whose 70 publications in 3 years detail prodigious scientific output from the world's fastest chemistry simulations. "Our long-term goal is enabling the design of new generations of clean and sustainable technologies to produce, transmit, and store energy," said team leader Robert Harrison, a computational chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ames Lab regional teams win an unprecedented 3 awards at National Science Bowl
Home Schools of Eastern Iowa took home top honors in two categories and Ames High School won one award at the US Department of Energy's National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 2.

Contact: Steve Karsjen
DOE/Ames Laboratory

INL wind researchers test cool way to stretch capacity of existing power lines
Some Idaho National Laboratory wind power researchers think we can move more electricity through the transmission lines we already have without breaking the bank.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

First beam time allocated to local classrooms through InSynC program
Students and teachers from three Long Island classrooms will use Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source to perform experiments this winter.

Contact: Kendra Snyder
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

Argonne to hold annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Girls in sixth through eighth grades are invited to learn all about science and engineering during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

Contact: Eleanor Taylor
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Jaguar pounces on child predators
To accelerate the acquisition of information needed to arrest child predators, law enforcement officers have teamed with data analytics experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a project that will use Jaguar, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, to speedily analyze the activities on file-sharing networks that pinpoint porn producers.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Supercomputers assist cleanup of decades-old nuclear waste
A research team led by Peter C. Lichtner of Los Alamos National Laboratory is using the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Jaguar supercomputer, located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to build a 3-D model of an underground uranium waste plume at the Hanford Site's 300 Area. A better understanding of the underground migration properties of uranium, which has infiltrated the Columbia River, may aid stakeholders in weighing options for contaminant remediation.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Creating order from chaos at the LCLS
In the world of physics, where everything tends toward disorder, researchers working on the Linac Coherent Light Source are seeking perfect order. Many experiments at the pioneering machine will require each molecule in a puff of gas to align with all of the others, creating a uniform field of molecules on which tests can be conducted.

Contact: Communications Office
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

As Auto X reaches the finish line, a new race begins
After two years of intense competition, the winners of the Automotive X Prize were announced during a ceremony at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16, 2010. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman spoke at the ceremony, praising the competition as an example of "the power of innovation and ingenuity to achieve transformative breakthroughs."

Contact: John Schueler
DOE/US Department of Energy

Supercomputing brings the climate picture into focus
Recent advances in supercomputing have brightened the future of climate modeling, but they also bring to light complicated questions about the fundamental workings of our planet and our atmosphere.

Contact: Jared Sagoff
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Magic secrets
Each year hundreds of visiting scientists conduct research at ORNL's Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility to create and analyze isotopes. These studies give researchers a unique glimpse into the inner workings of atomic nuclei.

Contact: ORNL News Office
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ethanol-fueled racecar engines outpower lead-fueled engines
A group of automotive researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and industry have shown that a fuel-injected racing car engine fueled by E-85, an ethanol-based fuel, outperforms the same engine with a carburetor and leaded racing fuel.

Contact: Angela Hardin
DOE/Ames Laboratory

How a summer internship -- or a weekend lecture -- can change a life
Many students come away from a Berkeley Lab summer internship -- or just a weekend lecture -- infected by the scientists' passion for their work and with a sharper focus on their own academic and career path.

Contact: Julie Chao
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Sustainable solutions abundant in new offices
Beetle kill wood is just the latest example of the resources used to make the Research Support Facility a model for sustainability.

Contact: Heather Lammers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

NETL's green projects promise energy efficiency all year round
Forty years after the first Earth Day, it is almost second nature to toss a can or plastic bottle into the recycling bin, but being green is about much more than reusing materials. Just as individuals make a personal decision to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," businesses, industry, and other organizations are making the same commitment to being green.

Contact: Shelley Martin
DOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory

A robot called WANDA
Berkeley Lab scientists have established a revolutionary nanocrystal-making robot, capable of producing nanocrystals with staggering precision. This one-of-a-kind robot, named WANDA, provides colloidal nanocrystals with custom-made properties for electronics, biological labeling and luminescent devices. Since this robot is controlled by software protocols, novice users can direct WANDA to perform complex workflows that traditionally require extensive chemistry experience.

Contact: Aditi Risbud
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

NREL finds a way to give LEDs the green light
Light bulbs that last 100 years and fill rooms with brilliant ambiance may become a reality sooner rather than later, thanks to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovery.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

New material traps radioactive ions using 'Venus flytrap' method
Like a Venus flytrap, a newly discovered chemical material is a picky eater -- it won't snap its jaws shut for just anything. Instead of flies, however, its favorite food is radioactive nuclear waste.

Contact: Brock Cooper
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

INL helps students, researchers study wind energy
The wind turbines spinning outside Idaho schools are generating more than electricity.

Contact: Ryan Weeks
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

Argonne advanced battery research driving to displace gasoline
In excess of seven million barrels of gasoline are consumed by vehicles in the United States every day. As scientists race to find environmentally sound solutions to fuel the world's ever-growing transportation needs, battery researchers are exploring the promise of lithium-air battery technology.

Contact: Angela Hardin
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

An electron zap turns flimsy plastic into sturdy shrink wrap
If you buy a Butterball turkey this Thanksgiving, you have particle accelerators to thank for its freshness. For decades now the food industry has used particle accelerators to produce the sturdy, heat-shrinkable film that Butterballs come wrapped in.

Contact: Symmetry Magazine
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

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