Public Release: 8-Dec-2015
Science NREL research advances understanding of photoelectrodes
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a new probe that could lead to a better photoelectrochemical cell.
A paper on the discovery, 'Semiconductor interfacial carrier dynamics via photoinduced electric fields,' was published in Science Magazine.
Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Physical Review Letters RHIC particle smashups find that shape matters
Peering into the seething soup of primordial matter created in particle collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) -- an 'atom smasher' at Brookhaven National Laboratory -- scientists have come to a new understanding of how particles are produced in these collisions. This understanding represents a paradigm shift consistent with the presence of a saturated state of gluons, super-dense fields of the glue-like particles that bind the building blocks of ordinary matter.
DOE Office of Science
Public Release: 24-Nov-2015 Three new technologies to make energy cleaner, more efficient
PNNL and its partners are developing three new technologies to improve the power grid, make biofuel from seaweed and produce hydrogen with grants from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.
US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Public Release: 24-Nov-2015 Climate-friendly rice recognized as a top science development of 2015
The creation of a new kind of rice which gives off nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions during its growth has earned kudos for a team of scientists from three continents, including the lead investigator at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The new kind of rice grows in a manner that nearly eliminates the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Carl Tryggers Foundation
Public Release: 23-Nov-2015 ORNL's Zacharia, Paranthaman named AAAS fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Thomas Zacharia and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as new AAAS fellows. The two are honored for their achievements in science administration and materials chemistry, respectively.
Public Release: 23-Nov-2015 Innovative reports to help utility regulators, policymakers and electric industry
The electric industry in the US is undergoing significant changes for a number of reasons, including new and improved technologies, changing customer desires, low load growth in many regions, and changes in federal and state policies and regulations. A new series of reports will advance the discussion by examining issues related to electric industry regulation and utility business models.
DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Public Release: 20-Nov-2015
Physical Review Letters Supercomputing the strange difference between matter and antimatter
An international team of physicists including theorists from the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory has published the first calculation of direct 'CP' symmetry violation -- how the behavior of subatomic particles (in this case, the decay of kaons) differs when matter is swapped out for antimatter.
US Department of Energy Office of Science, RIKEN, Science and Technology Facilities Council
Public Release: 19-Nov-2015
Journal of Controlled Release Nanocarriers may carry new hope for brain cancer therapy
Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a new family of nanocarriers, called '3HM,' that meets all the size and stability requirements for effectively delivering therapeutic drugs to the brain for the treatment of a deadly form of cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme.
National Institutes of Health
Public Release: 19-Nov-2015 Brookhaven Lab wins two R&D 100 awards
Two technologies developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory have received 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.
Public Release: 19-Nov-2015 $13.5 million Moore grant to develop working 'accelerator on a chip' prototype
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including key contributions from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to build a working particle accelerator the size of a shoebox based on an innovative technology known as 'accelerator on a chip.'
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
Physical Review Letters Quantum spin could create unstoppable, one-dimensional electron waves
Scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Ludwig Maximilian University have proposed a solution to the subatomic stoppage of electron flow due to defects in materials: a novel way to create a more robust electron wave by binding together the electron's direction of movement and its spin.
US Department of Energy Office of Science
Public Release: 17-Nov-2015
Physical Review Letters PPPL physicists use computers to uncover mechanism that stabilizes plasma within tokamaks
A team of physicists led by Stephen Jardin of the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has discovered a mechanism that prevents the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing. This behavior is known as a 'sawtooth cycle' and can cause instabilities within the plasma's core. The results have been published online in Physical Review Letters. The research was supported by the DOE Office of Science.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science
Public Release: 17-Nov-2015 NREL research honored with R&D 100 awards
A technology developed at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor's Choice award.
Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists win 5 R&D 100 awards
Technologies that impact cyber security, increase our ability to detect trace amounts of chemicals, convert sewage into fuel, view energy processes under real-world conditions and forecast future electric needs are among the newest R&D 100 award winners.
US Department of Energy, and others
Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 ORNL wins 6 R&D 100 awards
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, increasing the lab's total to 193 since the award's inception in 1963.
Public Release: 12-Nov-2015 Team of appraisers across six states find home buyers will pay premium for solar homes
Photovoltaics added value to homes in six markets, according to a new report led by a researcher from Berkeley Lab and a home appraisal expert. They engaged a team of seven appraisers from across the six states to determine the value that solar photovoltaic systems added to single-family homes using the industry-standard paired-sales valuation technique, which compares recent sales of comparable homes to estimate the premium buyers would pay for PV.
DOE SunShot Initiative
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.