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Researchers reveal how microbes cope in phosphorus-deficient tropical soil

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has uncovered how certain soil microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem. Their novel approach could be applied in other ecosystems to study various nutrient limitations and inform agriculture and terrestrial biosphere modeling.

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(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) New research from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Stanford University has found that palladium nanoparticles can repair atomic dislocations in their crystal structure, potentially leading to other advances in material science.

NASA debuts KRUSTY nuclear reactor for future Mars residents

Researchers at NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy announced they have successfully tested a small nuclear reactor that may someday provide power to human habitats on Mars and beyond. Called Kilopower, or...Show More Summary

Copper-clad Copenhagen landmark boasts Denmarks most energy-efficient laboratories

Copenhagen’s recently completed Maersk Tower boasts the nation’s most energy-efficient laboratories, where waste energy is captured and reused. Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, this new city landmark is a pioneer within energy-efficient...Show More Summary

Smartphones come in handy for the rare cosmic particles search

Researchers from the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA) at the Higher School of Economics have improved their method of analyzing ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR) with the use of mobile phones. The work has been...Show More Summary

Inspired by biology, scientists created new tiny tubes that could help with water purification and tissue engineering

Materials scientists, led by a team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, designed a tiny tube that rolls up and zips closed.

Smartphones come in handy for the rare cosmic particles search

(National Research University Higher School of Economics) Researchers from the Laboratory of Methods for Big Data Analysis (LAMBDA) at the Higher School of Economics have improved their way of analyzing ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR) with the use of mobile phones. Show More Summary

X-rays reveal chirality in swirling electric vortices

Scientists used spiraling X-rays at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to observe, for the first time, a property that gives handedness to swirling electric patterns – dubbed polar vortices – in a synthetically layered material.

TODAY’S STUDY: States Step In On Utilities' Energy Plans

State Engagement in Electric Distribution System Planning Juliet Homer, Alan Cooke, et. al., December 2017 (Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium of U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories) Summary Electric distribution system...Show More Summary

Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries

UPTON, NY - A collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries--the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. Show More Summary

Breaking bad metals with neutrons

By exploiting the properties of neutrons to probe electrons in a metal, a team of researchers led by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has gained new insight into the behavior of correlated electron systems, which are materials that have useful properties such as magnetism or superconductivity.

Dark energy survey publicly releases first three years of data

(DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) At a special session held during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES) announced today the public release of their first three years of data. Show More Summary

Researchers use Titan to accelerate design, training of deep learning networks

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has married artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to achieve a peak speed of 20 petaflops in the generation and training of deep learning networks on the laboratory's Titan supercomputer.

NREL launches electrification futures study series

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry. Show More Summary

Multi-model effort highlights progress, future needs in renewable energy modeling

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Models of the US electricity sector are relied upon by sector stakeholders and decision makers, but the recent surge in variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, led a team of modeling experts to examine how these models would represent scenarios with high penetrations of VRE.

NREL launches electrification futures study series

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all US economic sectors -- commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry.

From the Pages of American Coal Magazine: “Future of Rare Earth Elements May Lie with Coal”

By NETL STAFF (2017) – Few people think of coal when they think of high-tech devices. However, that may soon change as researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) work to recover materials called … Continue reading ?

NRL improves optical efficiency in nanophotonic devices

(Naval Research Laboratory) Nanophotonic devices have direct applications for use in ultra-high resolution microscopes, solar energy harvesting, optical computing and targeted medical therapies.

Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2018

Study identifies microbes to diagnose endometriosis without surgery; brain-inspired device can quickly classify data; neutrons "see" how water flows through fractured rock; new method could help with demand for electric vehicle charging...Show More Summary

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jan. 2018

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) ORNL story tips, Jan. 2018: Study identifies microbes to diagnose endometriosis without surgery; brain-inspired device can quickly classify data; neutrons 'see' how water flows through fractured rock;...Show More Summary

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