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02.19.19User Facility

Illuminating a Key Industrial ProcessExternal link

Results of research carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Photon Source (APS) may pave the way to improvements in industrial processes based on solvent extraction, which is used in the mining and refinement of technologically important rare earths.
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02.19.19From the Labs

New Molecular Blueprint Advances Our Understanding of PhotosynthesisExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into cellular energy.
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02.15.19From the Labs

Laser Pulses Light the Way to Tuning Topological Materials for Spintronics and Quantum ComputingExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a means of controlling the surface conductivity of a three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator, a type of material that has potential applications in spintronic devices and quantum computing.
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02.14.19From the Labs

Radio Telescope Gets Upgrade at Brookhaven LabExternal link

A radio telescope at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has received a significant upgrade, advancing from one dish to four. The upgrades are part of the Laboratory’s ongoing effort to test the merits of a radio telescope for a potential future project between national labs and DOE-sponsored universities.
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02.14.19User Facility

Researchers Use X-rays to Understand the Flaws of Battery Fast ChargingExternal link

While gas tanks can be filled in a matter of minutes, charging the battery of an electric car takes much longer. To level the playing field and make electric vehicles more attractive, scientists are working on fast-charging technologies.
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02.14.19From the Labs

More Stable Light Comes From Intentionally 'Squashed' Quantum DotsExternal link

New research at Los Alamos National Laboratory suggests that the strained colloidal quantum dots represent a viable alternative to presently employed nanoscale light sources, and they deserve exploration as single-particle, nanoscale light sources for optical “quantum” circuits, ultrasensitive sensors and medical diagnostics.
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02.13.19User Facility

Sophisticated Blood Analysis Provides New Clues About Ebola, Treatment AvenuesExternal link

A detailed analysis of blood samples from Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is providing clues about the progression of the effects of the Ebola virus in patients and potential treatment pathways. A manuscript discussing the work, led by scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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02.12.19From the Labs

First Direct View of an Electron's Short, Speedy Trip Across a BorderExternal link

Electrons flowing across the boundary between two materials are the foundation of many key technologies, from flash memories to batteries and solar cells. Now researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have directly observed and clocked these tiny cross-border movements for the first time, watching as electrons raced seven-tenths of a nanometer – about the width of seven hydrogen atoms – in 100 millionths of a billionth of a second.
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02.12.19User Facility

Argonne Addresses Obstacles to Clean Water for AllExternal link

Argonne scientists and collaborators at the University of Chicago and Northwestern are rethinking the water cycle and seeking to make it more effective and efficient.
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02.11.19From the Labs

Carbon-capture Technology Scrubs CO2 from Power Plants Like Scuba-diving GearExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a process that could remove CO2 from coal-burning power plant emissions in a way that is similar to how soda lime works in scuba diving rebreathers. Their research, published January 31 in the journal Chem, offers an alternative but simpler strategy for carbon capture and requires 24 percent less energy than industrial benchmark solutions. Read MoreExternal linkage

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