Latest Department of Energy Stories

2013-06-27 11:54:23

New insights into food poisoning show Salmonella have a novel sugar preference The blockbuster battles between good and evil are not just on the big screen this summer. A new study that examined food poisoning infection as-it-happens in mice revealed harmful bacteria, such as a common type of Salmonella, takes over beneficial bacteria within the gut amid previously unseen changes to the gut environment. The results provide new insights into the course of infection and could lead to better...

2013-06-19 23:04:38

Three think tanks, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the Heritage Foundation, and the Center for American Progress (CAP) have come together to produce a unique report: Turning the Page: Re-imagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy. It makes a series of recommendations which will increase research flexibility, cooperation between the labs and the private sector, and research efficiency and cohesion within the Department of Energy. Washington,...

2013-06-18 13:03:25

Customizing fan speed to actual need would slash energy demand 18 percent A single advanced building control now in development could slash 18 percent — tens of thousands of dollars — off the overall annual energy bill of the average large office building, with no loss of comfort, according to a report by researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "An 18-percent boost in building energy efficiency by modifying a single factor is very,...

2013-06-11 23:23:22

A team of students who worked with Caltech´s Resnick Sustainability Institute have won second place in the western finals of a recent DOE (Department of Energy) business plan competition. Chai Energy is developing a mobile phone app for monitoring energy usage in the home. Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013 A team of students who worked with Caltech´s Resnick Sustainability Institute have won second place in the western finals of a recent DOE (Department of Energy) business plan...

'Popcorn' Particle Pathways Could Lead To Better Lithium-ion Batteries
2013-06-11 11:16:03

DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft. The research is reported in an article entitled, "Intercalation Pathway in Many-Particle LiFePO4 Electrode Revealed by Nanoscale...

2013-05-28 11:30:47

Possibly energy-conserving, switch suggests metabolic changes that researchers might exploit to fight systemic illness For the first time, researchers have found a particular kind of molecular switch in the food poisoning bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium under infection-like conditions. This switch, using a process called S-thiolation, appears to be used by the bacteria to respond to changes in the environment during infection and might protect it from harm, researchers report this week...

Word of the Day
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.