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A new way to display the 3-D structure of molecules

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have created a sort of nanoscale display case that enables new atomic-scale views of hard-to-study chemical and biological samples. Their work, published online Aug. Show More Summary

Tiny Solar Device Rapidly Disinfects Water With Nanoflakes & “Eager Electrons”

A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the nanostructured device...Show More Summary

New material discovery allows study of elusive Weyl fermion

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have discovered a new type of Weyl semimetal, a material that opens the way for further study of Weyl fermions, a type of massless elementary particle hypothesized by high-energy particle theory and potentially useful for creating high-speed electronic circuits and quantum computers. read more

New residential water heater concept promises high efficiency, lower cost

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 15, 2016 - A team of scientists from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Florida has developed a novel method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems for...Show More Summary

Cheaper, more powerful electric car batteries are on the horizon

The White House recently announced the creation of the Battery500 Consortium, a multidisciplinary group led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and working to reduce the cost of vehicle battery technologies. Show More Summary

NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility. read more

After Stranger Things, Department of Energy Clarifies It’s Actually Not Evil

Even if you haven't finished Stranger Things, you probably know that something's not quite right with the show's Hawkins National Laboratory, a division of the Department of Energy where security is just a little too tight. With the Netflix series becoming one of the summer's biggest hits, the real-life Department ... More »

New X-Ray microscopy technique images nanoscale workings of rechargeable batteries

There's a new tool in the push to engineer rechargeable batteries that last longer and charge more quickly. An X-ray microscopy technique recently developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley...Show More Summary

ORNL optimizes formula for cadmium-tellurium solar cells

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2016 - Solar cells based on cadmium and tellurium could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of some sleuthing by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. read more

New silicon structures could make better biointerfaces

A team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have engineered silicon particles one-fiftieth...Show More Summary

GRID Alternatives & UC–Berkeley RAEL Partnering For Community Solar Energy Access Research

The solar energy project developer GRID Alternatives will be partnering with the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) in order to investigate the approaches used in off-grid solar energy projects installed by the former. Show More Summary

ORNL-led study analyzes electric grid vulnerabilities in extreme weather areas

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 29, 2016 - Climate and energy scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to pinpoint which electrical service areas will be most vulnerable as populations grow and temperatures rise. read more

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 25, 2016 - A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. Show More Summary

Newly discovered material property may lead to high temp superconductivity

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity. While studying purple bronze, a molybdenum oxide, researchers discovered an unconventional charge density wave on its surface. read more

India Launches 'Solar Power Tree' in Green Energy Push

A solar powered "tree" developed by the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has gained the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

TODAY’S STUDY: The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Lots of Solar

On the Path to SunShot: The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States Wiser, et. al., May 2016 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Executive Summary The U.S. Show More Summary

DNV GL Commissions OVRT Test Unit for Wind Turbines

 DNV GL adds to its service offering  offers in the field of electrical measurement for renewable energy producers with a mobile test laboratory for carrying

Dark Energy Measured with Record-Breaking Map of 1.2 Million Galaxies

by Angela Guess A recent release out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reports, “A team of hundreds of physicists and astronomers have announced results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The...Show More Summary

Red State Thumbs Nose At Koch Bros, Hosts Cutting-Edge Solar Energy Storage Demo

The great state of Tennessee is on the cutting edge of new energy storage tech, thanks partly to its role as the home of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Red State Thumbs Nose At Koch Bros, Hosts Cutting-Edge Solar Energy Storage Demo...Show More Summary

STRANGER THINGS: Watch the First 8 Minutes of the New Netflix Series

It’s November 6, 1983 in Indiana when STRANGER THINGS begins and something very strange is happening at an energy laboratory. A man is running for his life. But just when he thinks he’s reached safety, something — or someone? — grabs him from above. Then, a group of 4 young boys are playing Dungeons & […]

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