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Jet fuel

PNNL and LanzaTech Team to Make New Jet Fuel

Carbon-rich pollution converted to a jet fuel will power a commercial flight for the first time today. The Virgin Atlantic Airlines' flight from Orlando...
wind power

Larger Installations Are on the Rise

The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory issued its annual report on distributed wind capacity that shows larger installations of distributed wind power almost...
Earth's atmosphere

As Temperatures Rise, Earth’s Soil Is ‘Breathing’ More Heavily

The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth's atmosphere at an increasing rate, most likely as a result of warming...
fuel cells

New Approaches to Chemical and Electrical Energy Conversions

For the second time, the U.S. Department of Energy renewed funding for a center designed to explore fundamental scientific principles that underpin technologies such...
Single Human Cellsvideo

Scientists Isolate Protein Data from the Tiniest of Caches – Single...

Scientists have obtained a slew of key information about proteins, the molecular workhorses of all cells, from single human cells for the first time. The...
seawatervideo

Seawater Yields First Grams of Yellowcake

For the first time, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to...
grid-scale batteries

Pharmaceutical Material Shows Promise for Better Grid-Scale Batteries

An organic molecule used in dyes and antibiotics may be the key to less expensive, more efficient redox flow batteries. Scientists at the Department...
hurricanes

Powerful Hurricanes Strengthen Faster Now Than 30 Years Ago

Hurricanes that intensify rapidly — a characteristic of almost all powerful hurricanes — do so more strongly and quickly now than they did 30...
electric vehicles

Research Hints at Double the Driving Range for Electric Vehicles

When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered it's all about the salt...
metal-organic frameworksvideo

Corralling Xenon Gas out of Waste Streams

From space propulsion to lighting to surgical anesthesia, the applications and needs for xenon gas are growing. And the good news is that researchers...
storm cloudsvideo

Tiny Particles Have Outsize Impact on Storm Clouds, Precipitation

Tiny particles fuel powerful storms and influence weather much more than has been appreciated, according to a study in the Jan. 26 issue of...
microtubules

Let the Good Tubes Roll

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...
catalysts

New Catalyst Meets Challenge of Cleaning Exhaust from Modern Engines

As cars become more fuel-efficient, less heat is wasted in the exhaust, which makes it harder to clean up the pollutants that are emitted....
cybersecurityvideo

A Triple-Threat Against Cyberthreats

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has licensed three of its most unusual technologies for preventing cyberattacks to Cynash Inc., a startup...
soil

Soil Researchers Quantify an Important, Underappreciated Factor in Carbon Release to...

Soil plays a critical role in global carbon cycling, in part because soil organic matter stores three times more carbon than the atmosphere. Now...
biofuelsvideo

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? UW Studies Say Yes

In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets — the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable...
Enzymes

How Fungal Enzymes Break Down Plant Cell Walls

The Science Inside cows, goats, and other ruminants, fungal enzymes break down plant matter and extract nutrients. These enzymes essentially overcome a major bottleneck in...
tsunami

Developing ‘Breakaway’ Tsunami Resistant Buildings

The best designs can also be the most surprising. A promising new concept for tsunami resistant buildings features breakaway walls and floors on lower...
earthquake

50 Simulations of the ‘Really Big One’ Show How a 9.0...

One of the worst nightmares for many Pacific Northwest residents is a huge earthquake along the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone, which would unleash damaging...
Spawning salmon

‘Sex That Moves Mountains’: Spawning Salmon Play Significant Role in Shaping...

When salmon spawn, the earth moves -- not immediately, but over the course of hundreds of thousands or millions of years. That's the conclusion...