Latest United States Department of Energy National Laboratories Stories

2012-08-30 23:01:27

This week the Obama Administration announced new standards that will increase fuel economy to 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025. When combined with previous standards set by the Administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency for new vehicles. Nationally, the new standards will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce oil consumption by 12 billion barrels. And in Illinois, it could mean up to 21,000 new jobs by 2030 and nearly $3,000...

2012-08-23 00:30:03

PNNL tests adsorbent to extract uranium from the ocean When you take a dip in the ocean, nuclear fuel is probably the farthest thing from your mind. Uranium floats in Earth´s oceans in trace amounts of just 3 parts per billion, but it adds up. Combined, our oceans hold up to 4.5 billion tons of uranium — enough to potentially fuel the world´s nuclear power plantsfor 6,500 years. Countries such as Japan have examined the ocean as a uranium source since the 1960s, but...

Soot Particles Measured In Flight
2012-06-27 12:53:57

"For the first time we can actually see the structure of individual aerosol particles floating in air, their 'native habitat'," said DESY scientist Henry Chapman from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) in Hamburg. "This will have important implications for various fields from climate modelling to human health." CFEL is a joint venture of Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, the German Max Planck Society and the University of Hamburg. Aerosol particles like soot play...

Aerosol Structures Exposed By X-ray vision
2012-06-27 12:48:29

Laser probes microscopic components of air pollution Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have captured the most detailed images to date of airborne soot particles, a key contributor to global warming and a health hazard. The discovery reveals the particles' surprisingly complex nanostructures and could ultimately aid the understanding of atmospheric processes important to climate change, as well as the design of cleaner combustion...

Sandia National Labs Scientist Arrested
2012-06-06 09:42:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com A Sandia National Labs scientist was arrested recently because he allegedly stole laboratory research and shared it with China. Jianyu Huang is being accused of stealing research belonging to the U.S. that he claimed was his own original research that he shared with several Chinese universities. He went online to share the data with the country's state-run schools. Sandia National Labs said that he did not have access to classified national security...

Precise Measurement Of Radiation Damage Identified
2012-06-06 06:55:26

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have for the first time simulated and quantified the early stages of radiation damage that will occur in a given material. "A full understanding of the early stages of the radiation damage process provides knowledge and tools to manipulate them to our advantage," said Alfredo Correa, a Lawrence Fellow from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Quantum Simulations Group. Nuclear radiation leads to highly energetic ions that can...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.