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April 16, 2018
Francois Greer, second from right, and the team from State College Area High School were welcomed to the White House in 2008 by First Lady Laura Bush.
Champions in Science: Profile of Francois Greer, National Science Bowl® Champion
For the run-up to the 2018 National Science Bowl® Finals April 26 to April 30, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
April 10, 2018
This interior view of the MiniBooNE detector tank shows the array of photodetectors used to pick up the light particles that are created when a neutrino interacts with a nucleus inside the tank.
Neutrino Experiment at Fermilab Delivers an Unprecedented Measurement
MiniBooNE scientists demonstrate a new way to probe the nucleus with muon neutrinos.
April 9, 2018
Candice Kamachi (in red coat) and her teammates were greeted as they arrived home in California after winning the 1996 National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C.
Champions in Science: Profile of Candice Kamachi, National Science Bowl® Champion
For the run-up to the 2018 National Science Bowl® Finals April 26 to April 30, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
April 4, 2018
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory used the technology they developed to decommission the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor to develop the Miniature Integrated Nuclear Detection System. The Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, a former Office of Science user faci...
Fusion Research Ignites Innovation
How technologies developed for fusion have taken on second lives in industry.
April 2, 2018
From Left to right: Ian Scheffler, Marino Di Franco, Sasha (Alexandre) Boulgakov, and Dimitry Petrenko competed in the National Science Bowl® in Washington, D.C. for Santa Monica High School in 2008.
Champions in Science: Profile of Ian Scheffler, National Science Bowl® Champion, 2008
For the run-up to the 2018 National Science Bowl® Finals April 26 to April 30, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
March 29, 2018
Squeezing liquid from a needle, and placing threads of water anywhere in three dimensions.
Berkeley Lab Scientists Print All-Liquid 3-D Structures
Reconfigurable material could be used for liquid electronics and chemical synthesis, among other applications.
March 27, 2018
Jora Jacobi had the privilege of meeting Dr. Stephen Hawking at a Caltech event.
Champions in Science: Profile of Jora Jacobi, National Science Bowl® Competitor
For the run-up to the 2018 National Science Bowl® Finals April 26 to April 30, this is one in a series of profiles on previous NSB competitors.
March 26, 2018
Researchers work on the delicate wiring of a cryostat, which is like a thermos under vacuum that chills the detectors that are the heart of the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR.
Underground Neutrino Experiment Sets the Stage for Deep Discovery About Matter
Collaborators of the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, an experiment led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have shown they can shield
March 23, 2018
Conservators at Stanford University Libraries removed the pages from the leather-bound cover of the book of hymns, and mounted each leaf in an individually fitted, archival mat.
Hidden Medical Text Read for the First Time in a Thousand Years
With X-ray imaging at SLAC’s synchrotron, scientists uncovered a 6th century translation of a book by the Greek-Roman doctor Galen. The words had been
March 21, 2018
This sensor can detect methane at much lower concentrations than current ones. It relies on nanotechnology developed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, an Office of Science user facility.
Sniffing Out the Foundational Science of Sensors
Studying how to make and combine cutting-edge materials is leading to cheaper, more efficient, and more sensitive gaseous sensors.
March 20, 2018
In a controlled environment, the fastest-growing orientation of graphene crystals overwhelms the others and gets "evolutionarily selected" into a single crystal, even on a polycrystalline substrate, without having to match the substrate’s orientation.
New Method to Grow Large Single-Crystal Graphene Could Advance Scalable 2D Materials
The novel technique, developed by a team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, may open new opportunities for growing the h
March 8, 2018
Illustration showing the principle of in-flight holography.
With Laser Light, Scientists Create First X-Ray Holographic Images of Viruses
Using SLAC’s X-ray laser, researchers have made the detailed 3-D images of nanoscale biology, with future applications in the study of air pollution,
March 1, 2018
This composite of two astrophysics simulations shows a Type Ia supernova (purple disc) expanding over different microlensing magnification patterns (colored fields).
Can Strongly Lensed Type Ia Supernovae Resolve One of Cosmology’s Biggest Controversies?
Berkeley Lab researchers think so – and they’re using NERSC supercomputers to find them.
February 22, 2018
Illustration of a diamond anvil cell, where samples can be compressed to very high pressures between the flattened tips of two diamonds.
In a First, Tiny Diamond Anvils Trigger Chemical Reactions by Squeezing
Experiments with 'molecular anvils' mark an important advance for mechanochemistry, which has the potential to make chemistry greener and more precise
February 21, 2018
The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), a DOE user facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provides antineutrinos for the PROSPECT experiment.
Hunting for Neutrinos: When the Ordinary Is Unexpected
Two modest neutrino experiments look to reveal big answers about how these fundamental particles interact with matter.
February 12, 2018
Director Sergei Nagaitsev stands in front of an accelerator beamline under construction at the Fermilab Accelerator Complex.
Meet the Director: Sergei Nagaitsev
Sergei Nagaitsev is the director of the Fermilab Accelerator Complex user facility.
January 31, 2018
Anaerobic gut fungi colonize plant matter and release enzymes that break cell walls into simple sugars.
Behind the Scenes: How Fungi Make Nutrients Available to the World
Scientists are researching fungi’s essential role in decomposition, particularly breaking down cell walls in wood.
January 26, 2018
This photo shows the types of storm clouds that Jiwen Fan and colleagues studied as part of their study published in Science.
Tiny Particles Have Outsize Impact on Storm Clouds and 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 the journa
January 23, 2018
The ProtoDUNE detectors are being assembled at the European laboratory CERN.
The Biggest Little Detectors
Two test detectors being installed and tested at CERN are the prototypes of the much larger detectors planned for DUNE, the biggest international scie
January 18, 2018
Scientists at PNNL have created a new family of nanotubes that are composed of peptide-like molecules called peptoids.
Let the Good Tubes Roll
Inspired by biology, a PNNL-led team of scientists has created new tiny tubes that could help with water purification and tissue engineering studies.
January 12, 2018
Artist’s rendering of asteroids and space dust.
Ingredients for Life Revealed in Meteorites That Fell to Earth
Study, based in part at Berkeley Lab, also suggests dwarf planet in asteroid belt may be a source of rich organic matter.
January 11, 2018
The Dark Energy Camera is mounted on the Blanco telescope in Chile.
Dark Energy Survey Releases First Three Years of Data
This first major release of data from the Survey includes information on about 400 million astronomical objects, including distant galaxies billions o
January 8, 2018
Brookhaven Lab physicist Alexander Bazilevsky and RIKEN physicist Itaru Nakagawa use billiards and a bowling ball to demonstrate surprising results observed at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider's PHENIX detector when small particles collided with l...
Surprising Result Shocks Scientists Studying Spin
Findings on how differently sized nuclei respond to spin offer new insight into mechanisms affecting particle production in proton-ion collisions at t
January 3, 2018
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December 19, 2017
After a cold and high light stress, thale-cress plants (wild-type and soq1) display less chlorophyll fluorescence, equivalent to more energy dissipation.
Berkeley Lab Researchers ID Plant ‘Sunscreen’ Protein
Researchers are working to understand – and manipulate – plant photoprotection mechanisms, such as a process called NPQ, or nonphotochemical quenching