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Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy.

A single electron's tiny leap sets off 'molecular sunscreen' response

In experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists were able to see the first step of a process that protects a DNA building block called thymine from sun damage: When it's hit with ultraviolet light, a single electron jumps into a slightly higher orbit around the nucleus of a single oxygen atom.

Cut US commercial building energy use 29 percent with widespread controls

(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) The US could slash its energy use by the equivalent of what is currently used by 12 to 15 million Americans if commercial buildings fully used energy-efficiency controls nationwide.

How protons move through a fuel cell

(Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)) Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers...Show More Summary

New prototypes for superconducting undulators show promise for more powerful, versatile X-ray beams

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated to design, build and test two devices that utilize different superconducting materials and could make X-ray lasers more powerful, versatile, compact and durable.

Nickel for thought: Compound shows potential for high-temperature superconductivity

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has identified a nickel oxide compound as an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity.

PathForward: US Dept. of Energy Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology

Even though the major US national laboratories are just now starting to take delivery of the supercomputers they ordered a few years back, due to the long and complex development process for these projects, the US Department of Energy(DOE) has already been focusing on the next round of supercomputers for the next decade. Show More Summary

From the cornfield to the cosmos

Fermilab celebrates 50 years of discovery. Imagine how it must have felt to be Robert Wilson in the spring of 1967. The Atomic Energy Commission had hired him as the founding director of the planned National Accelerator Laboratory. Before...Show More Summary

Development of low-dimensional nanomaterials could revolutionize future technologies

(DOE/Ames Laboratory) Javier Vela, scientist at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, believes improvements in computer processors, TV displays and solar cells will come from scientific advancements in the synthesis of low-dimensional nanomaterials.

US-China collaboration makes excellent start in optimizing lithium to control plasma

(DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) For fusion to generate substantial energy, the ultra-hot plasma that fuels fusion reactions must remain stable and kept from cooling. Researchers have recently shown lithium, a soft, silver-white...Show More Summary

Propagating "charge density wave" fluctuations are seen in superconducting copper oxides for the first time

An international team led by scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University has detected new features in the electronic behavior of a copper oxide material that may help explain why it becomes a perfect electrical conductor – a superconductor – at relatively high temperatures.

Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth following upgrades to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. These upgrades help researchers on Earth learn more about the effects of ionizing space radiation to keep astronauts safe on a journey to Mars.

A seaweed derivative could be just what lithium-sulfur batteries need

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading. Now scientists...Show More Summary

NREL-led research effort creates new alloys, phase diagram

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A multi-institutional team led by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a way to create new alloys that could form the basis of next-generation semiconductors.

Joanna S. Fowler, PhD, receives SNMMI 2017 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award

(Society of Nuclear Medicine) Joanna S. Fowler, PhD, senior chemist emeritus of the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, has been named this year's recipient of the Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Pioneer Award for her contributions to nuclear medicine. Show More Summary

Eck Industries exclusively licenses cerium-aluminum alloy co-developed by ORNL

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Wisconsin's Eck Industries has signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that is ideal for creating lightweight, strong components for advanced vehicles and airplanes.

X-ray study reveals way to control molecular vibrations that transmit heat

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new way to track dynamic molecular features in soft materials, including the high-frequency molecular vibrations that transmit waves of heat, sound, and other forms of energy. Show More Summary

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2017

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) ORNL developed an efficient, economical approach to locate petroleum- and natural gas-rich shale; an ORNL-led team discovered an electrochemical and ferroelectric link in ultrathin crystalline films,...Show More Summary

Ergon Energy’s Largest Home Battery Trial Is Underway In Cairns, Australia

A testing laboratory purpose built by Queensland utility Ergon Energy to host one of Australia’s biggest residential battery storage trials has been opened this week in Cairns. Ergon Energy’s Largest Home Battery Trial Is Underway In...Show More Summary

Chemical "Dance" of Cobalt Catalysis Could Pave Way to Solar Fuels

In a new study, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Harvard University have been able to see for the first time an especially important chemical step in the process of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen - the basic reaction at the heart of creating entirely renewable fuels from solar energy.

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