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IBM to deliver 200-petaflop supercomputer by early 2018; Cray moves to Intel Xeon Phi

More supercomputer news this week: The US is responding to China’s new Sunway TiahuLight system that was announced Monday, and fast. First, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to take delivery of a new IBM system, named Summit, in early 2018 that will now be capable of 200 peak petaflops, Computerworld…

New electron microscope method detects atomic-scale magnetism

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 20, 2016--Scientists can now detect magnetic behavior at the atomic level with a new electron microscopy technique developed by a team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Uppsala University, Sweden. Show More Summary

Uranium Particles Found by IAEA in Iran Prove Past Work on Nuclear Weapon

Uranium traces discovered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Parchin laboratory in Iran in 2015 point to the existence of earlier work on the development of nuclear weapons, a US media outlet reported, citing Washington officials.

TODAY’S STUDY: How To Price Distributed Energy

Distribution System Pricing With Distributed Energy Resources Jim Lazar and Ryan Hledik, Lisa Schwartz, May 2016 (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive Summary Technological changes in the electric utility industry bring tremendous opportunities and significant challenges. Show More Summary

Scientific Accident Could Give Us New Powers Over Water

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory mistakenly created a material with unusual abilities to take on or expel water that could change the way we stay dry or quench or thirst in the future.

DNA shaping up to be ideal framework for rationally designed nanostructures

UPTON, NY--A cube, an octahedron, a prism--these are among the polyhedral structures, or frames, made of DNA that scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed to connect nanoparticles into a variety of precisely structured three-dimensional (3D) lattices. Show More Summary

A new way to control oxygen for electronic properties

Hotel managers and materials scientists have a lot in common--they both need to find a way to control properties by managing vacancies. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory found they could use a...Show More Summary

PPPL physicist conducts experiments indicating efficiency of fusion start-up technique

Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University has for the first time performed computer simulations indicating the efficiency of a start-up technique for doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: What’s Good And What’s Challenging In Solar’s Boom

Emerging Issues and Challenges in Integrating High Levels of Solar into the Electrical Generation and Transmission System Paul Denholm, Kara Clark, and Matt O’Connell, May 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Achieving the U.S. Show More Summary

PNNL helps lead national microbiome initiative

RICHLAND, Wash. - Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are playing a central role as the nation devotes more than $500 million to understand communities of microorganisms and their roleShow More Summary

Scientists create 'magnetic charge ice'

ARGONNE, Ill. -- A team of scientists working at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has created a new material, called "rewritable magnetic charge ice," that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies. read more

Batteries Or Train-Pumped Energy For Grid-Scale Power Storage

Today, 250 of the world's leading energy storage experts have gathered at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to discuss the latest battery technologies, from large liquid and sodium sulfur batteries to new poly-ionics. But to store enough energy to power a city for a day, you need a train filled with a million pounds of rock. Show More Summary

NREL & CLEAResult Launching Innovation Challenge For Residential-Building Energy-Efficiency

A new “Call for Innovation” — for ideas relating to energy efficiency in residential buildings — is being launched by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and industry partner CLEAResult as part of the JUMP initiative. Show More Summary

United States 70% “On The Path To SunShot”

The United States is 70% on the way to achieving the country’s SunShot Initiative 2020 goals, according to analysts and researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Earlier this month, a suite of studies...Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: On The Path To SunShot – Utilities And Distributed Solar

On The Path To SunShot – Utility Regulatory and Business Model Reforms for Addressing the Financial Impacts of Distributed Solar on Utilities Galen Barbose, et. al., May 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Net-energy...Show More Summary

Neutrons probe structure of enzyme critical to development of next-generation HIV drugs

A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron analysis to better understand a protein implicated in the replication of HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS. The enzyme, known as HIV-1 protease, is a key drug target for HIV and AIDS therapies. read more

Berkeley Lab participates in new National Microbiome Initiative

The Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will participate in a new National Microbiome Initiative launched today by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. read more

EV Battery Energy Density To Be At Parity With Gasoline By 2045

Originally published on Gas2. Argonne National Laboratory says the energy density of battery powered vehicles will not be the same as gasoline powered vehicles until some time in the far distant future. Right now the lab people say gasoline is 100 times more energy-dense than a battery. Show More Summary

Energy Secretary Moniz Dedicates New Research Facility at Ames Laboratory

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz emphasized the role of materials research in clean energy innovation Friday May 6 at the dedication of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory Sensitive Instrument Facility.

Berkeley Lab scientists brew jet fuel in 1-pot recipe

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a "one-pot" method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. read more

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