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2012-02-21 23:10:02

Solar cells, light emitting diodes, displays and other electronic devices could get a bump in performance because of a discovery at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that establishes new boundaries for controlling band gaps. While complex transition metal oxides have for years held great promise for a variety of information and energy applications, the challenge has been to devise a method to reduce band gaps of those insulators without compromising the material's...

Microscopy Explores Nanowires' Weakest Link
2012-02-14 04:54:25

Individual atoms can make or break electronic properties in one of the world's smallest known conductors–quantum nanowires. Microscopic analysis at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is delivering a rare glimpse into how the atomic structure of the conducting nanowires affects their electronic behavior. The ORNL team's microscopy confirmed that deliberately introduced defects, which are only the size of a single atom, could turn a conducting nanowire into an...

Image 1 - Scientists Create World’s Most Powerful X-ray Laser
2012-01-26 06:20:13

Creating and observing super-hot solid plasma could lead to a greater understanding of fusion processes. In two separate studies, the world´s most powerful X-ray laser has been used to build the first atomic X-ray laser pulse, as well as to superheat and control a clump of 2-million-degree matter. The atomic laser could be used to watch biological molecules at work, while the creation of hot dense matter could be used to understand the processes of nuclear fusion. Scientists...

2012-01-19 11:28:46

Computer simulations revealing how methane and hydrogen pack into gas hydrates could enlighten alternative fuel production and carbon dioxide storage industries For some time, researchers have explored flammable ice for low-carbon or alternative fuel or as a place to store carbon dioxide. Now, a computer analysis of the ice and gas compound, known as a gas hydrate, reveals key details of its structure. The results show that hydrates can hold hydrogen at an optimal capacity of 5...

2012-01-11 08:00:00

Dade Moeller announces that Wayne M. Glines has joined the Company as Senior Health Physicist. Glines adds more than 32 years of Federal health physics expertise to Dade Moeller´s well-known depth in this technical field and becomes the Company´s 37th Certified Health Physicist. Richland, WA (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 Nationally recognized health physics [radiation protection] firm Dade Moeller announces that Wayne M. Glines has joined the Company as Senior Health Physicist. Glines...

2011-12-04 08:00:00

Department of Energy Approved Solyndra and Other Projects Allegedly Without Required Oversight, Say Plaintiffs. Inland Empire, CA (PRWEB) December 04, 2011 On November 28, 2011, CAlifornians for Renewable Energy (CARE) and Michael Boyd filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Case# 1:11-cv-02128; to challenge more than two dozen alleged federal loan guarantees illegally issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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