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19-Oct-2016 Underground science: Berkeley Lab digs deep for clean energy solutions
About a mile beneath the Earth's surface in an old gold mine, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists have built an observatory to study how rocks fracture. The knowledge they gain could ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies.
12-Oct-2016 X-rays reveal artistry in an ancient vase
Under beams of X-rays, the colors of art become the colors of chemistry. The mysterious blacks, reds and whites of ancient Greek pottery can be read in elements -- iron, potassium, calcium and zinc -- and art history may be rewritten.
12-Oct-2016 Planetarium show brings 'phantom' matter to life
A new planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter, which we have so far detected only through its gravitational effects though it makes up most of the mass of the universe.
12-Oct-2016 Former Fermilab researcher Sekazi Mtingwa to share 2017 Wilson Prize
Theoretical physicist Sekazi Mtingwa, a former Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory scientist, will share the 2017 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators for groundbreaking theoretical work that helped researchers understand and cope with an important constraint on the intensity and focus of particle beams in accelerators.
Theoretical physicist James D. 'BJ' Bjorken, a professor emeritus at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will share the 2017 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators for groundbreaking theoretical work that helped researchers understand and cope with an important constraint on the intensity and focus of particle beams in accelerators.
7-Oct-2016 Q&A: SLAC cosmology research featured in Terrence Malick's 'Voyage of Time'
Terrence Malick's science documentary 'Voyage of Time' features two scenes contributed by visualization expert Ralf Kaehler and astrophysicist Tom Abel from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), a joint institute of Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
7-Oct-2016 Still no 'sterile' neutrinos, but the search goes on
Reports of the non-existence of the so-called 'sterile' neutrino are premature, say scientists at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory -- even as they release results from two experiments that further limit the places this elusive particle may be hiding.
7-Oct-2016 Hunting the nearly un-huntable
Scientists on two neutrino experiments -- the MINOS experiment at Fermilab and the Daya Bay experiment in China -- have presented results that limit the places where sterile neutrinos might be hiding.
8-Sep-2016 PPPL intern creates software for snapshot of plasma in NSTX-U
Max Wallace, a an intern at the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory this summer, is a former Silicon Valley programmer who spent his summer developing a computer program that can give scientists a quick snapshot of individual plasma experiments or 'shots' in PPPL's $94 million National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U).
2-Sep-2016 SLAC Summer Institute students envision a new energy frontier
Over a hundred physicists from around the world came to the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for two weeks in August to attend the 44th SLAC Summer Institute (SSI) on 'New Horizons on the Energy Frontier.'
1-Sep-2016 Blowing bubbles to catch carbon dioxide
Sandia and UNM researchers developed a bio-inspired bubble-like membrane to capture CO2 from coal-fired power plants efficiently. The CO2 Memzyme could capture CO2 equivalent to planting 63 million trees and letting them grow for 10 years from just one power plant.
30-Aug-2016 Sandia experts, students explore mechanical challenges at summer institute
Nearly 40 students ranging from local high school youths to international postdoctoral fellows gathered this summer at Sandia National Laboratories' Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics (NOMAD) Summer Research Institute to study two steel bars bolted together. This deceptively simple system behaves in odd -- nonlinear -- ways, which has important implications for bridges, cars, even airplanes.
30-Aug-2016 A virtual flight through a catalyst particle finds evidence of poisoning
Merging two powerful 3-D X-ray techniques, a team of researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Utrecht University in the Netherlands revealed new details of a process known as metal poisoning that clogs the pores of catalyst particles used in gasoline production, causing them to lose effectiveness.
29-Aug-2016 Poof! The weird case of the X-ray that came out blank
Imagine getting a medical X-ray that comes out blank -- as if your bones had vanished. That's what happened when scientists cranked up the intensity of the world's first X-ray laser, at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to get a better look at a sample they were studying: The X-rays seemed to go right through it as if it were not there.
26-Aug-2016 Undergraduate interns learn from summer research
Thirty undergraduate students from around the country conducted hands-on research at SLAC this summer through the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program.
23-Aug-2016 Aleksandra Vojvodic named MIT Tech Review Innovator Under 35
Aleksandra Vojvodic has been named one of MIT Technology Review's 2016 Innovators Under 35, which honors exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. A staff scientist at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, she has spent the past six years working at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, where she uses theory and computation to help design better catalysts for reactions that generate and store clean energy.
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.