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2012-04-24 22:44:28

Findings may offer clues to superior performance and guide synthesis of materials with improved properties Detailed studies of one of the best-performing organic photovoltaic materials reveal an unusual bilayer lamellar structure that may help explain the material's superior performance at converting sunlight to electricity and guide the synthesis of new materials with even better properties. The research, published in Nature Communications April 24, 2012, was conducted by scientists at...

2012-04-11 14:21:12

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new medical isotope project at Los Alamos National Laboratory shows promise for rapidly producing major quantities of a new cancer-treatment agent, actinium 225 (Ac-225). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120411/DC86216) Using proton beams, Los Alamos and its partner Brookhaven National Laboratory could match current annual worldwide production of the isotope in just a few days, solving critical shortages of this...

2012-03-29 21:50:19

Research spurs innovations in computing technology that drive advances to supercomputers An international collaboration of scientists has reported a landmark calculation of the decay process of a kaon into two pions, using breakthrough techniques on some of the world's fastest supercomputers. This is the same subatomic particle decay explored in a 1964 Nobel Prize-winning experiment performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), which revealed the first...

Liquid-like Materials May Pave Way For New Thermoelectric Devices
2012-03-24 02:49:43

In the continual quest for better thermoelectric materials–which convert heat into electricity and vice versa–researchers have identified a liquid-like compound whose properties give it the potential to be even more efficient than traditional thermoelectrics. Thermoelectric materials have been used to power spacecraft ranging from Apollo to the Curiosity rover now headed for Mars. Recently, however, scientists and engineers have been turning to these materials to use wasted...

2012-01-30 08:00:00

Brookhaven National Laboratory completes Phase I of a major renovation to science laboratories in an effort to modernize their existing research facilities, including materials science and fuel testing laboratories. Upton, NY (PRWEB) January 30, 2012 Brookhaven National Laboratory has concluded the first phase of an ongoing effort to modernize their existing research facilities, including materials science and fuel testing laboratories, with the completion of renovations to Buildings 480...

2011-09-30 12:45:00

TROY, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders in academia, industry, and government will meet at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next month to discuss strategies for leveraging the awesome power of supercomputers to drive growth, innovation, and competitive advantage for American companies. The discussions are part of a three-day national workshop titled "Providing Competitive Advantage to Industry Through High-Performance Computing: Accomplishments and a Path Forward."...

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2011-07-27 09:20:02

Computational studies aim to increase use of plant oils as renewable resource Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a computational model for analyzing the metabolic processes in rapeseed plants "” particularly those related to the production of oils in their seeds. Their goal is to find ways to optimize the production of plant oils that have widespread potential as renewable resources for fuel and industrial chemicals. The...

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2011-07-26 08:11:58

New multiferroic mechanism could lead to next-generation memory and sensing devices Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed a new way that magnetic and electric properties "” which have a long history of ignoring and counteracting each other "” can coexist in a special class of metals. These materials, known as multiferroics, could serve as the basis for the next generation of faster and energy-efficient logic, memory, and...

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2011-07-11 18:57:41

Researchers at Columbia Engineering School have built optical nanostructures that enable them to slow photons down and fully control light dispersion. They have shown that it is possible for light (electromagnetic waves) to propagate from point A to point B without accumulating any phase, spreading through the artificial medium as if the medium is completely missing in space. This is the first time simultaneous phase and zero-index observations have been made on the chip-scale and at the...

2011-05-12 22:25:54

New material combines high storage capacity with quick energy release and unlimited recharge Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have helped to uncover the nanoscale structure of a novel form of carbon, contributing to an explanation of why this new material acts like a super-absorbent sponge when it comes to soaking up electric charge. The material, which was recently created at The University of Texas - Austin, can be incorporated into...