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2012-01-09 17:21:00

Developments by hydrogen researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) are paving the way for the successful development of portable power systems with capacities that far exceed the best batteries available today. SRNL's advances in the use of alane, a lightweight material for storing hydrogen, may be the key that unlocks the development of portable fuel cell systems that meet the needs for both military and commercial portable power...

2011-12-23 08:52:00

Innovations in RNA manipulation could lead to advances in many products Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) announced today a major breakthrough in engineering systems of RNA molecules through computer-assisted design, which could lead to important improvements across a range of industries, including the development of cheaper advanced biofuels. Scientists will use these new "RNA machines", to adjust genetic expression in the cells of...

2011-12-23 01:06:01

Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers develop CAD-Type tools for engineering RNA control systems The computer assisted design (CAD) tools that made it possible to fabricate integrated circuits with millions of transistors may soon be coming to the biological sciences. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed CAD-type models and simulations for RNA molecules that make it possible to engineer biological components or "RNA devices"...

Image 1 - Researchers Use Nanophotonics For Optical Look Inside Living Cells
2011-12-22 05:10:27

An endoscope that can provide high-resolution optical images of the interior of a single living cell, or precisely deliver genes, proteins, therapeutic drugs or other cargo without injuring or damaging the cell, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). This highly versatile and mechanically robust nanowire-based optical probe can also be applied to biosensing and single-cell electrophysiology. A team...

Image 1 - Illinois And Energy Dept. Invest $33M In Fermilab Research Center
2011-12-18 05:58:41

Fermilab broke ground on Friday on a new Accelerator Research Center, where physicists will work on the development and industrialization of particle accelerator technology. Once completed in 2013, the 48,000-square-foot complex will wrap around Fermilab´s orange Collider Detector Facility building. The State of Illinois is providing $20 million to design and build a part of the complex, while the U.S. Department of Energy will contribute $13 million to refurbish an existing...

2011-11-07 16:20:17

From the North Pole to the Arctic Ocean, the frozen soils within this region keep an estimated 1,672 billion metric tons of carbon out of the Earth's atmosphere. This sequestered carbon is more than 250 times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the United States in the year 2009. As global temperatures slowly rise, however, so too do concerns regarding the potential impacts upon the carbon cycle when the permafrost thaws and releases the carbon that has been trapped for eons....


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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