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19-Oct-2018
Inaugural Demo Day showcases entrepreneur-national laboratory relationships
As part of a culmination of a program that matches budding entrepreneurs with technical experts at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories, innovators from seven start-up companies recently underwent a rite of passage in their journeys to commercialize their technology. Half-trade show, half-Shark Tank, this event -- called Demo Day -- gave these innovators an opportunity to prove the value of their products, technologies and burgeoning companies to an audience of potential investors and fellow technologists.

Contact: Chris Kramer
ckramer@anl.gov
630-252-5580
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

19-Oct-2018
Researchers switch material from one state to another with a single flash of light
Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have demonstrated a surprisingly simple way of flipping a material from one state into another, and then back again, with single flashes of laser light.

Contact: Andrew Gordon
agordon@slac.stanford.edu
650-926-2282
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

19-Oct-2018
The stories behind the science: How does the ocean's saltiness affect Tropical Storms?
Two researchers with personal experience of hurricanes set out to investigate the role of an underestimated factor in storm's strength -- salinity. They found that salinity plays a larger role than anyone thought, including them.

Contact: Shannon Shea
shannon.shea@science.doe.gov
DOE/US Department of Energy

19-Oct-2018
Award-winning nuclear physics technology monitors cancer treatments
Nearly a half-million cancer patients are treated with radiation therapy every year in the United States. Now, technologies developed in partnership with the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) are helping to ensure that patients are receiving just what the doctor ordered. The technologies are featured in RadiaDyne's OARtrac® system, which was cited as a Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough Award and as a 2018 R&D 100 award finalist by R&D Magazine.

Contact: Kandice Carter
kcarter@jlab.org
757-269-7263
DOE/Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

16-Oct-2018
Any way the wind blows
Argonne researchers recently partnered in a project to improve short-term wind forecasting in complex terrains in an effort to make wind energy a more reliable resource. They are currently seeking funding to pursue further studies with the data collected.

Contact: Brian Grabowski
bgrabowski@anl.gov
630-252-1232
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

16-Oct-2018
Acrylic tanks provide clear window into dark matter detection
Scientists have a new window into the search for dark matter -- an acrylic vessel that features a grouping of 12-foot-tall transparent tanks with one-inch-thick walls. The tanks, which will surround a central detector for a nearly mile-deep experiment under construction in South Dakota called LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will be filled with liquid that produces tiny flashes of light in some particle interactions.

Contact: Glenn Roberts Jr.
GERoberts@lbl.gov
510-486-5582
DOE/Ames Laboratory

15-Oct-2018
The graphic nature of data
Argonne scientists inspired high schoolers to think big about data and how to visualize it at a three-day camp this summer.

Contact: Brian Grabowski
bgrabowski@anl.gov
630-252-1232
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

5-Oct-2018
Battery testing and prototyping facility grows to meet demand for next-generation technologies
Argonne recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expanded Cell Analysis, Modeling and Prototyping (CAMP) facility.

Contact: Tona Kunz
tkunz@anl.gov
630-252-5560
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

4-Oct-2018
Solving a plasma physics mystery: Magnetic reconnection
Magnetic reconnection causes space storms that can damage satellites and disrupt the grid. While it's a common process in the universe, plasma physics researchers don't fully understand why it occurs so abruptly and quickly. New research is supporting a theory that may hold the key.

Contact: Shannon Shea
shannon.shea@science.doe.gov
DOE/US Department of Energy

4-Oct-2018
Kawtar Hafidi to head Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate at Argonne
Physicist Kawtar Hafidi has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director, Physical Sciences and Engineering at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Contact: Chris Kramer
ckramer@anl.gov
630-252-5580
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

4-Oct-2018
Researchers study materials for Gen3 solar power plants
A research program at Idaho National Laboratory aims to answer some critical questions about materials needed for the Gen3 CSP plants, the next generation. The goal is for these new plants to operate at far hotter temperatures than currently available technologies, while incorporating thermal energy storage.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
nicole.stricker@inl.gov
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

2-Oct-2018
Battery technology takes flight
As part of a new program, Argonne's researchers are evaluating what it takes to power drones with batteries.

Contact: Alex Mitchell
amitchell@anl.gov
630-252-5573
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

2-Oct-2018
Peering into 36-million-degree plasma with SLAC's X-ray laser
a team of researchers has used an X-ray laser to measure, for the first time, how a plasma created by a laser blast expands in the hundreds of femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second) after it's created. Their technique could eventually reveal tiny instabilities in the plasma that swirl like cream in a cup of coffee.

Contact: Andrew Gordon
agordon@slac.stanford.edu
650-926-2282
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

2-Oct-2018
Small business recycling ventures propelled by Sandia engineering
Through New Mexico Small Business Assistance, Sandia is solving technical challenges to help one company reconfigure an old ethanol plant and, in a separate project, helping a cohort of companies characterize new composite materials made from forest slash.

Contact: Troy Rummler
trummle@sandia.gov
505-284-1056
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

2-Oct-2018
DOE's Energy Storage Summit convenes at SLAC
Nearly 300 representatives from industry, the Department of Energy, DOE national laboratories and the investment sector gathered to discuss energy storage innovation at the inaugural Department of Energy InnovationXLab Summit Sept.18-19 at DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Contact: Andrew Gordon
agordon@slac.stanford.edu
650-926-2282
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

1-Oct-2018
The promise of deep grooves
Argonne's sequential infiltration synthesis technique could advance computer chip manufacturing as well as other industries.

Contact: Alex Mitchell
amitchell@anl.gov
630-252-5573
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

27-Sep-2018
Argonne hosts international nuclear technology workshop for teachers
In August, the IAEA held a two-week workshop for 30 educators from 17 countries at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory to learn more about nuclear technology and work collaboratively to discuss how to introduce the topic into their classrooms.

Contact: Chris Kramer
ckramer@anl.gov
630-252-5580
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

25-Sep-2018
New biofuel production system powered by a community of algae and fungi
MSU scientists have a new proof of concept for a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity, factors that currently hold back biofuels from being widely adopted.

Contact: Igor Houwatig
houwatig@msu.edu
DOE/US Department of Energy

25-Sep-2018
Toward a New Light: Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project Moves Forward
The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a scientific user facility at Berkeley Lab, has received federal approval to proceed with preliminary design, planning and R&D work for a major upgrade project that will boost the brightness of its X-ray beams at least a hundredfold. The upgrade will give the ALS, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, brighter beams with a more ordered structure.

Contact: Glenn Roberts Jr.
geroberts@lbl.gov
510-486-5582
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

24-Sep-2018
Study of tiny vortices could lead to new self-healing materials, other advances
Argonne scientists hope that tiny vortices, driven by various magnetic fields, will be able to move microscopic particles.

Contact: Chris Kramer
ckramer@anl.gov
630-252-5580
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

24-Sep-2018
Heat of the moment
The addition of a new infrared camera at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source narrows the gap between basic and applied research in additive manufacturing.

Contact: Tona Kunz
tkunz@anl.gov
630-252-5560
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

21-Sep-2018
'Model' students enjoy Argonne campus life
Savanna Dautle, an intern from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, spent her summer working with assistant chemist David Bross at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

Contact: Justin H.S. Breaux
jbreaux@anl.gov
630-252-5274
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

19-Sep-2018
Chemists demonstrate sustainable approach to carbon dioxide capture from air
Chemists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a practical, energy-efficient method of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from air. They report their findings in Nature Energy. If deployed at large scale and coupled to geologic storage, the technique may bolster the portfolio of responses to global climate change.

Contact: Dawn Levy
levyd@ornl.gov
865-576-6448
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

18-Sep-2018
How machine learning can sharpen environmental research
Argonne recently hosted a workshop that brought together computational and natural scientists to discuss opportunities for applying machine learning and geospatial statistics to challenging problems in environmental research.

Contact: Brian Grabowski
bgrabowski@anl.gov
630-252-1232
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

13-Sep-2018
Tais Gorkhover wins LCLS Young Investigator Award for pioneering novel X-ray imaging methods
Tais Gorkhover, a principal investigator with the Stanford PULSE Institute, will receive the 2018 LCLS Young Investigator Award, granted to early-career scientists in recognition of exceptional research using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Contact: Andrew Gordon
agordon@slac.stanford.edu
650-926-2282
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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