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wave energy

Squid-inspired wave energy converter turns ocean’s power into electricity

Engineers at Virginia Tech recently tested a wave energy converter inspired by the way squid propel themselves through water during the second round of...
vitamins

Microbes take their vitamins – for the good of science

Microbes need their vitamins just like people do. Vitamins help keep both organisms healthy and energetic by enabling proteins to do their work. For...
nanoparticles

Scientists pinpoint one way nanoparticles damage immune cells

New evidence points to protein oxidation, a common means of molecular damage
lignin

Study: Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag team

Team from Rice, University of Wisconsin-Madison shows how nature handles lignin
amazon

Scientists Find Mostly Liquid Particulates over Amazon Rainforest

Nature Geoscience article shows atmospheric organic particulate matter can be liquid as well as solid When scientists participating in the GoAmazon 2014/2015 experiment measured the physical state of aerosols...

Ames Laboratory-developed titanium powder processing gains international customer base 

Titanium powder created with Ames Laboratory-developed gas-atomization technology has hit the market. Praxair Inc. now offers fine, spherical titanium powder for additive manufacturing and...

Secretary Moniz Awards $125 Million for 41 Transformational Energy Technology Projects

ARPA-E’s OPEN 2015 Program Selects Innovative Energy Technologies to Advance US Energy Security and Help Achieve Climate Goals

Improved nuclear waste disposal focus of $800K Department of Energy grant

An innovative method for removing radioactive elements from nuclear waste that could reduce the amount of total waste being generated through nuclear fission is...

Chemical Complexity Promises Improved Structural Alloys for Next-Gen Nuclear Energy

Designing alloys to withstand extreme environments is a fundamental challenge for materials scientists. Energy from radiation can create imperfections in alloys, so researchers in...

Marginal soil can make for good biofuel crops

Switchgrass, a perennial native to the tallgrass prairie, is one of the most promising bioenergy crops in the United States, with potential to provide...

‘Molecular Accordion’ Drives Thermoelectric Behavior in Promising Material

Engines, laptops and power plants generate waste heat. Thermoelectric materials, which convert temperature gradients to electricity and vice versa, can recover some of that...

A Simpler Way to Estimate the Feedback Between Permafrost Carbon and...

One of the big unknowns in predicting climate change is the billions of tons of carbon frozen in Arctic permafrost. As global warming causes...

ORNL Microscopy Finds Evidence of High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single Layer

Electron microscopy at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pointing researchers closer to the development of ultra-thin materials that transfer electrons...

ORNL Demonstrates Road to Supercapacitors for Scrap Tires

Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric...

Nano-Trapped Molecules are Potential Path to Quantum Devices

Single atoms or molecules imprisoned by laser light in a doughnut-shaped metal cage could unlock the key to advanced storage devices, computers and high-resolution...

Time-Lapse Analysis Offers New Look at How Cells Repair DNA Damage

https://youtu.be/xbgIVVkl5FA This time-lapse video shows more than 35 hours of DNA repair activity in a cell. It’s composed of 223 images taken at varying time...

NERSC Accelerates Scientific Analysis with SciDB

Science is swimming in data. And, the already daunting task of managing and analyzing this information will only become more difficult as scientific instruments—especially...

Cellular Contamination Pathway for Plutonium, Other Heavy Elements, Identified

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have reported a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new...

ORNL team applies genomics expertise to analyze, map virus sequence database

Viruses are tiny—merely millionths of a millimeter in diameter—but what they lack in size, they make up in quantity. “If you were to take all...

Optimizing biofuel production in yeast

The Science With increasing emphasis on sustainable energy sources, lipid-derived biofuels have been proposed as a promising substitute for fossil fuels. In particular, the yeast...