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June 7, 2019
Konstantinos P. Giapis, a professor of chemical engineering at Caltech
Comet Inspires Chemistry for Making Breathable Oxygen on Mars
Caltech scientists have demonstrated a new reaction for generating oxygen that could help humans explore the universe.
June 4, 2019
With the LSST camera, scientists will be able to capture images of the entire southern sky every few days for a period of 10 years, which will produce petabytes of unprecedented astrophysical data.
Engineering the World’s Largest Digital Camera
Building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope also means solving extraordinary technological challenges.
May 28, 2019
Aerial view of the construction site of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, taken in 2009, four years after the project started.
Ten Years and Nearly a Billion Dollars: How Project Management Made a Massive X-Ray Light Source Possible
One of the biggest projects the Department of Energy’s Office of Science had ever tackled, the NSLS-II put the Office’s management skills to the test.
May 24, 2019
Using X-rays from SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, researchers imaged the fossil (right) and showed that the mouse likely had reddish and brown fur on its back and sides and a white tummy, as seen in an artist’s impression on the left.
In a First, Researchers Identify Reddish Coloring in an Ancient Fossil – a 3-Million-Year-Old Mouse
X-rays reveal an extinct mouse was dressed in brown to reddish fur on its back and sides and had a tiny white tummy.
May 22, 2019
Artist rendering of genome standards being applied to deciphering the extensive diversity of viruses.
Revealing Viruses’ Hidden Influence
Researchers are finding new ways to analyze microbial data, allowing them to better understand viruses’ genes and role in the environment.
May 10, 2019
A New Filter to Better Map the Dark Universe
New method developed by Berkeley Lab researchers cuts through galaxies’ messy emissions, provides clearer window into dark matter, dark energy.
May 8, 2019
Together, microbiologists, computational biologists, electrochemists, inorganic chemists, biochemists, theorists, and bio-engineers learn how electron bifurcation works.
Big Help from Small Microbes: Electron Transfers to Produce Fuels and Fertilizer
The team at the BETCy Energy Frontier Research Center is learning how electron transfer processes drive energy-intensive reactions that produce
May 3, 2019
Pat Dehmer shared insights on the Office of Science user facilities with students at the 2019 National Science Bowl®.
Dehmer Advises NSB Students: "Think Big and Throw Long"
Pat Dehmer shared insights on the Office of Science user facilities with students at the 2019 National Science Bowl®.
April 23, 2019
The close-knit CHWM team develops the chemistry necessary to create materials that trap troublemakers from Cold War nuclear wastes.
Outside the Box Thinking for Unusual Nuclear Wastes
A diverse, collaborative group at the CHWM Energy Frontier Research Center provides answers about what it takes to store a highly radioactive subset
April 22, 2019
Department of Energy to Provide $7.5 Million for Nuclear Data Research
Funding: Department of Energy to Provide $7.5 Million for Nuclear Data Research
Plan Involves Four Department Programs
April 19, 2019
The Albany High School team as they arrive at the 1993 national competition: (L-R) Zach Teitler, Ilkay Can, Michael Wang, Ben Rudiak-Gould, and Matthew Siebert.
Champions in Science: Profile of Ilkay Can, 1993 National Science Bowl® Champion
For the run-up to the 2019 National Science Bowl® Finals, April 25 to April 29, 2019, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
April 16, 2019
This illustration shows snapshots of the light-triggered transition of the ring-shaped 1,3-cyclohexadiene (CHD) molecule (background) to its stretched-out 1,3,5-hexatriene (HT) form (foreground).
SLAC's High-speed 'Electron Camera' Films Molecular Movie in HD
First direct look at how atoms move when a ring-shaped molecule breaks apart could boost our understanding of fundamental processes of life.
April 9, 2019
Funding: Department of Energy Announces $6.8 Million for Research on Quantum Information Science and Nuclear Physics
Research Will Center on Unique Research Opportunities in Nuclear Science
April 8, 2019
Champions in Science: Profile of Emily Martinez, National Science Bowl® Competitor
For the run-up to the 2019 National Science Bowl® Finals, April 25 to April 29, 2019, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
April 2, 2019
Meet the Director: David Hill, DIII-D
As the director of DIII-D, the largest magnetic fusion experiment in the U.S., Hill helps researchers investigate fusion for energy production.
March 29, 2019
Champions in Science: Profile of Sam Elder, National Science Bowl® Champion 2007
For the run-up to the 2019 National Science Bowl® Finals, April 25 to April 29, 2019, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
March 27, 2019
Synergy for Storage: Containing Nuclear Waste for Thousands of Years
The diverse team at the WastePD Energy Frontier Research Center is learning the secrets of storage materials to contain Cold War leftovers.
March 25, 2019
Neutrons Paint Atomic Portrait of Prototypical Cell Signaling Enzyme
Direct observations of the structure and catalytic mechanism of a prototypical kinase enzyme—protein kinase A or PKA—will provide researchers and drug
March 22, 2019
Optical "Tweezers" Combine with X-rays to Enable Analysis of Crystals in Liquids
Scientists have found a way to use “optical tweezers” by employing lasers, a mirror and a light modulator to anchor a crystal in solution.
March 20, 2019
Lighting the Way to Removing Radioactive Elements
The team at the CAST Energy Frontier Research Center is illuminating ways to separate elements, including the troublemaker americium. These separation
March 19, 2019
Engineering Living ‘Scaffolds’ for Building Materials
Berkeley Lab researchers take cues from nature to form living materials with unprecedented control and versatility.
March 15, 2019
Nature's Own Biorefinery
Passalid beetles work together in family units to defend their log tunnel homes and care for their young into adulthood. New Berkeley Lab research has
March 13, 2019
Jim Mather is the director of the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facility.
Meet the Director: Jim Mather, ARM User Facility
This is one in a series of profiles on the directors of the SC-stewarded user facilities.
March 11, 2019
Funding: Department of Energy Announces $6 Million for Research on Quantum Information Science for Fusion Energy
Research to Include Efforts in Quantum Computing, Quantum Sensing, and Novel Quantum Materials