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Materials for measuring the universe

Physicists have their own version of the "butterfly effect" that hinges on precise measurements of one of the building blocks of the universe.

Contact: Media Relations
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Detecting homemade explosives, not toothpaste
Sandia National Laboratories researchers want airports, border checkpoints and others to detect homemade explosives made with hydrogen peroxide without nabbing people whose toothpaste happens to contain peroxide.

Contact: Sue Holmes
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

X-rays from NSLS reveal fuel cells in action
Wouldn't it be great to have a magical "energy box" that could convert a wide array of fuels to electricity with high efficiency and lower emissions? Solid oxide fuel cells show significant promise. But these solid-state energy-conversion devices are made of complex materials and they require specific conditions for optimal operation -- high temperatures, variable pressures, and electrical polarization.

Contact: Karen McNulty Walsh
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

A solar booster shot for natural gas power plants
Natural gas power plants can use about 20 percent less fuel when the sun is shining by injecting solar energy into natural gas with a new system being developed by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Contact: Frances White
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Accelerating particles accelerates science -- with big benefits for society
Tackling the most challenging problems in accelerator science attracts the world's best and brightest to Brookhaven Lab. It's only natural that ideas and techniques born here take root in new research facilities around the world -- and spark a host of spin-off applications for industry, medicine, national security, and more.

Contact: Karen McNulty Walsh
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

First light from the first high-energy superconducting undulator
More than eight years of effort by Advanced Photon Source physicists, engineers, and technicians culminated on Jan. 21, 2013, with the production of the first X-rays from the prototype of a novel superconducting undulator.

Contact: Stephen McGregor
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

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