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2011-11-18 03:31:25

If we could make plant food from nitrogen the way nature does, we'd have a much greener method for manufacturing fertilizer — a process that requires such high temperatures and pressures that it consumes about 1.5 percent of the world's energy. Now scientists working at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken an important step towards understanding how nature performs this trick, by identifying a key atom that researchers had sought for more than a...

Image 1 - How Gas And Temperature Controlled Bacterial Response To Gulf Spill
2011-10-04 09:10:14

A new study explains how DNA was used to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the region last year -- and the particular microbes responsible for consuming natural gas immediately after the spill. The researchers, from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), also explained how water temperature played a key role in the way bacteria reacted to the spill. Results of the study were published in this week´s Proceedings of the National...

2011-10-03 12:32:49

Molecular motion in proteins comes in three distinct classes, according to a collaboration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, in research reported in Physical Review Letters. The research team, directed by ORNL-UT Governor's Chairs Jeremy Smith and Alexei Sokolov, combined high-performance computer simulation with neutron scattering experiments to understand atomic-level motions that underpin the operations of...

2011-09-23 07:00:00

Team NJ using Eragyâs energy management software for high-performance solar powered house. Durham, NC (PRWEB) September 23, 2011 Eragy, a leading provider of award-winning energy management software applications and services, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Team NJ in the 2011 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an awardâwinning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and...

2011-09-14 06:46:47

High-performance networks speed data on explosion's early discovery A recent discovery by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, of a supernova within hours of its explosion was made possible by a specialized telescope, state-of-the-art computational tools — and the high-speed data transmissions network of UC San Diego's High-Performance Wireless and Research Education Network (HPWREN), as well as the...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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