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Can solar energy save the bees?
In response to the population decline of pollinating insects, such as wild bees and monarch butterflies, Argonne researchers are investigating ways to use 'pollinator-friendly solar power.'
13-Aug-2018 Sight unseen: Novel method detects evidence of unmarked human graves
A new approach to find unmarked gravesites could help narrow the scope and potentially speed up the search for clues during crime scene investigations. Geospatial researchers with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and forensic scientists at University of Tennessee used sophisticated laser scanning and 3D modeling techniques, known as LIDAR, to detect telltale signs of recently buried human remains.
10-Aug-2018 Teaching the programmers of tomorrow
The CodeGirls @ Argonne camp is designed to immerse young girls in computer science before they enter high school and introduce them to potential career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Researchers from across the laboratory help the camp bring computer science to a population that's often underrepresented in the field.
6-Aug-2018 Catching the dance of antibiotics and ribosomes at room temperature
Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a new imaging technique to better understand the mechanisms that lead to hearing loss when aminoglycosides are introduced to the body. Using the lab's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser and Stanford Synchrotron Lightsource (SSRL), SLAC researchers, in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, were able to observe interactions between the drugs and bacterial ribosomes at both extremely low and room temperatures, revealing never-before-seen details.
2-Aug-2018 One cool camera: LSST's cryostat assembly completed
Work on the camera for the future Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) has reached a major milestone with the completion and delivery of the camera's fully integrated cryostat. With 3.2 gigapixels, the LSST camera will be the largest digital camera ever built for ground-based astronomy. It's being assembled at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
2-Aug-2018 High-caliber research launches NSLS-II beamline into operations
A new experimental station (beamline) has begun operations at the National Synchrotron Light Source II. Called the Beamline for Materials Measurement, it offers scientists state-of-the-art technology for using a classic synchrotron technique: x-ray absorption spectroscopy.
1-Aug-2018 Particle physicists team up with AI to solve toughest science problems
A group of researchers, including scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, summarize current applications and future prospects of machine learning in particle physics in a paper published today in Nature.
31-Jul-2018 Risa Wechsler named director of KIPAC
Risa Wechsler has been appointed director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), a joint institute of the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University. On Sept. 15, she'll take over from Tom Abel, whose five-year term at the helm of the institute is coming to an end.
31-Jul-2018 The quest for longer-lasting solar cells
An Argonne researcher is collaborating with a user of the laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials to study what makes silicon solar cells degrade. The answers may help lead to more durable solar cells and more affordable solar power.
30-Jul-2018 Ming Yi wins Spicer Award for superconductor research at SLAC's X-ray synchrotron
In recognition of her foundational superconductor research, Ming Yi has been awarded the 2018 William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award, which is presented to a young scientist who has made significant contributions to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and the light source community. SSRL is a DOE Office of Science user facility at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
27-Jul-2018 EIC Center at Jefferson Lab announces Fellowship Awards
The Electron-Ion Collider Center at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (EIC Center at Jefferson Lab) has announced the winners of four fellowships to pursue research related to a proposed electron-ion collider over the next year. Two graduate students and two postdoctoral research scientists are awarded fellowships to advance the science of a proposed electron-ion collider.
26-Jul-2018 Emma McBride and Caterina Vernieri receive 2018 Panofsky Fellowships at SLAC
Emma McBride and Caterina Vernieri are the recipients of this year's Panofsky Fellowships at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. McBride will develop techniques to study matter in extreme conditions like the ones inside planets and stars. Vernieri will continue her research on the Higgs boson and its interactions with other elementary particles, which could lead to the discovery of new phenomena on nature's most fundamental level.
26-Jul-2018 Pictures of success in 3D printing
The better we understand additive manufacturing -- or 3D printing, the more likely it may revolutionize manufacturing. A recent Argonne paper spots possible ways to reduce powder 'spattering,' which can result in defects. This new information could help businesses in many industries.
26-Jul-2018 Quantum computing: Learning to speak a whole new technology
Quantum computers work in a fundamentally different way than classical computers. Computer scientists need to start from scratch when creating algorithms for them to run. Three teams from the Department of Energy's laboratories are developing the foundations for new computer languages and programs.
25-Jul-2018 A catalytic support material takes a leading role
Chemists at Argonne and Ames national laboratories have spotted an important and unexpected reaction mechanism -- called redox behavior -- in some catalyst support materials that are commonly used in the chemical industry.
24-Jul-2018 Low-temp hydrocarbon cracking could make plastics from natural gas
A team of Idaho National Laboratory researchers has hit upon an electrochemical process that could eliminate the need for high-energy steam cracking, creating synthetic fuels and chemical building blocks while using 65 percent less energy and producing up to 98 percent less carbon dioxide.
24-Jul-2018 Statement on National Academy of Sciences electron-ion collider report
The following statement is being issued by the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility--along with the Electron-Ion Collider User Group--in response to a report issued today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the scientific case for a US-based Electron-Ion Collider (EIC).
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