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14-Feb-2018
Physics data processing at NERSC dramatically cuts reconstruction time

In a recent demonstration project, physicists from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used the Cori supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center to reconstruct data collected from a nuclear physics experiment, an advance that could dramatically reduce the time it takes to make detailed data available for scientific discoveries.


Contact: Kathy Kincade
kkincade@lbl.gov
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

14-Feb-2018
Particulate filter research may enable more fuel-efficient vehicles

A team of researchers from ORNL's Energy and Transportation Science Division is using neutron imaging to study particulate filters that collect harmful emissions in vehicles. A better understanding of how heat treatments and oxidation methods can remove layers of soot and ash from these filters could lead to improved fuel-efficiency.


Contact: Jeremy Rumsey
rumseyjp@ornl.gov
865-576-2038
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

12-Feb-2018
45-year-old telescope gets a makeover to demystify dark energy

Forty-five years ago this month, a telescope tucked inside a 14-story, 500-ton dome atop a mile-high peak in Arizona took in the night sky for the first time and recorded its observations on glass photographic plates. Today, the dome closes on the previous science chapters of the 4-meter Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope and starts preparing for its new role in creating the largest 3-D map of the universe.


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

12-Feb-2018
Narrowing in on the W boson mass

Scientists working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have precisely measured the mass of the W boson, a particle that plays a weighty role in a delicate balancing act of the quantum universe. This measurement is regarded as one of the most difficult in particle physics and the first of its kind for an LHC experiment.


Contact: Karen McNulty Walsh
kmcnulty@bnl.gov
631-344-8350
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

9-Feb-2018
Regional competition tests knowledge and inspires the next generation to reach towards their future

Thirteen middle school teams faced off at Oswego East High School for the 28th annual Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl in January.


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

9-Feb-2018
Harker school wins second consecutive SLAC regional DOE Science Bowl

Twenty-four teams from 16 Bay Area high schools faced off Feb. 3 in the SLAC Regional DOE Science Bowl, a series of fast-paced question-and-answer matches that test knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space sciences, energy and math. The competition is hosted annually by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


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

7-Feb-2018
Behind the scenes: How fungi make nutrients available to the world

Without fungi, dead trees wouldn't decay. The short-order cooks of the natural world, certain types of fungi can decompose plant cell walls and deposit carbon back in the soil. Scientists supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science are investigating these processes and how we may be able to use them to make biofuels production cheaper and more efficient.


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

6-Feb-2018
SLAC Celebrates legacy of theoretical physicist Sidney Drell

With a symposium on fundamental physics, the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory remembered one of its key figures: world-renowned theoretical physicist Sidney Drell, who passed away in December 2016. Nearly 200 guests attended the Jan. 12 event to celebrate Drell's numerous scientific contributions, which continue to have a tremendous impact on our understanding of the subatomic world.


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

6-Feb-2018
2016 data book shows continued growth of renewable electricity

The 2016 Renewable Energy Data Book PDF shows that US renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016.


Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

6-Feb-2018
Dave Moore: Taking roundabout path to perovskite fast track

Beginning college as a 40-year-old might be considered a disadvantage, but US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researcher Dave Moore didn't see it that way. Instead, he thinks it gave him an edge, starting as a seasoned freshman at the University of Washington.


Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

1-Feb-2018
Study of salts in water causing stir

A pair of Argonne scientists uncover fresh insights about the structure of saltwater.


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

31-Jan-2018
Magnetic trick triples the power of SLAC's X-ray laser

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to triple the amount of power generated by the world's most powerful X-ray laser. The new technique, developed at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), will enable researchers to observe the atomic structure of molecules and ultrafast chemical processes that were previously undetectable at the atomic scale.


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

31-Jan-2018
Elke-Caroline Aschenauer awarded prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Elke-Caroline Aschenauer, a senior physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for her contributions to the field of experimental nuclear physics. Opportunities made possible by this award will help to foster or strengthen collaborations among European and US physicists addressing some of the major research aims at Brookhaven's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, as well as among those hoping to build a US-based Electron-Ion Collider (EIC).


Contact: Karen McNulty Walsh
kmcnulty@bnl.gov
631-344-8350
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

30-Jan-2018
SLAC Scientists investigate how metal 3-D printing can avoid producing flawed parts

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are using X-ray light to observe and understand how the process of making metal parts using three-dimensional (3-D) printing can leave flaws in the finished product -- and discover how those flaws can be prevented.


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

30-Jan-2018
Berkeley lab researchers contribute to making blockchains even more robust

In the last few years, researchers at Berkeley Lab, UC Davis and University of Stavanger in Norway have developed a new protocol, called BChain, which makes private blockchain even more robust. The researchers are also working with colleagues at Berkeley Lab and beyond to adapt this tool to support applications that are of strategic importance to the Department of Energy's Office of Science.


Contact: Linda Vu
lvu@lbl.gov
510-495-2402
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

26-Jan-2018
Scientists catch light squeezing and stretching next-gen data storage material

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have seen for the first time how atoms in iron-platinum nanoparticles -- a next-generation material for magnetic data storage devices -- respond extremely rapidly to brief laser flashes. Understanding these fundamental motions could potentially lead to new ways of manipulating and controlling such devices with light.


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

25-Jan-2018
Closing the loop on battery recycling

Argonne's closed-loop battery recycling model shows a vivid picture of total costs as well as environmental impacts.


Contact: Karen Ehlers
kehlers@anl.gov
630-252-6020
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

22-Jan-2018
It all starts with a 'spark': Berkeley lab delivers injector that will drive X-ray laser upgrade

A team at Berkeley Lab has designed, built, and delivered a unique version of a device, called an injector gun, that can produce a steady stream of these electron bunches. The gun will be used to produce brilliant X-ray laser pulses at a rapid-fire rate of up to 1 million per second.


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

19-Jan-2018
The biggest little detectors

The ProtoDUNE project is building two smaller-scale detectors as a test bed for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. But even these smaller detectors are enormous and complex.


Contact: Andre Salles
media@fnal.gov
630-840-3351
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

18-Jan-2018
DOE under secretary for science Paul Dabbar visits SLAC

Paul Dabbar, the Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science, visited SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Jan. 17 for a day of tours and discussions on how the lab is driving scientific innovation. His visit included meetings with SLAC and Stanford leadership, as well as researchers and scientists involved in the lab's X-ray science, particle physics and astrophysics, technology innovation and applied energy programs.


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

18-Jan-2018
Detect locally, protect globally

Argonne's Cyber Fed Model provides a community-based system for near-real-time dissemination of cyberthreat indicators, defensive measures, and tools to simplify use of this information. Once the system detects an attack, it rapidly repairs the local damage while also preventing its spread.


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

18-Jan-2018
Researchers at Sandia work on new way to image brain

Sandia National Laboratories researchers want to use small magnetic sensors to image the brain in a way that's simpler and less expensive than the magnetoencephalography system now used.


Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

17-Jan-2018
Pigments in oil paintings linked to artwork degradation

By analyzing a microscopic sample from a 15th century oil painting, scientists have determined what is responsible for 'soap formation,' a widespread degradation process in oil paintings.


Contact: Stephanie Kossman
skossman@bnl.gov
631-344-8671
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

16-Jan-2018
Power hour

Argonne's Education department partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Chicago and sent 50 scientists to Chicago area schools in December as part of the global Hour of Code.


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

11-Jan-2018
Two Argonne scientists recognized for a decade of breakthroughs

Two scientists with the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have been named to the Web of Science's Highly Cited List of 2017, ranking in the top 1 percent of their peers by citations and subject area. Materials Scientist Khalil Amine and Energy and Environmental Policy Scientist David Streets say they are thrilled to see their work -- and the laboratory -- recognized in such a way.


Contact: Jared Sagoff
jsagoff@anl.gov
630-252-5549
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

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