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05.26.17User Facility

Fungal Enzymes Team Up to More Efficiently Break Down CelluloseExternal link

A team led by researchers at the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara has found for the first time that early lineages of fungi can form complexes of enzymes capable of degrading plant biomass.
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05.26.17From the Labs

Argonne Scientists Make Vanadium Into a Useful Catalyst for HydrogenationExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have transformed a common metal into a useful catalyst for a wide class of reactions, a role formerly reserved for expensive precious metals.
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $72 Million for Innovative Research and Development by Small BusinessesExternal link

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 73 grants totaling $72 million to 68 small businesses in 24 states.
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05.25.17User Facility

How X-rays Helped to Solve Mystery of Floating RocksExternal link

X-ray studies at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have helped scientists to solve this mystery by scanning inside samples of lightweight, glassy, and porous volcanic rocks known as pumice stones.
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A Seat at the Table: Colleen IversenExternal link

Iversen, a senior scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division, has seen her research progress from the temperate forests of East Tennessee to the boreal forests of Minnesota, the Alaskan tundra, and to tropical rainforests in Puerto Rico and Brazil.
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05.24.17User Facility

Special X-ray Technique Allows Scientists to See 3-D DeformationsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new X-ray technique to see inside continuously packed nanoparticles, also known as grains, to examine deformations and dislocations that affect their properties.
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05.24.17User Facility

NXS Grads Seek Atomistic Insights Into Ferroelectric MaterialsExternal link

Researchers Abhijit Pramanick of the City University of Hong Kong and Mads Ry Jørgensen of Aarhus University are studying ferroelectric properties on TOPAZ, SNS beam line 12, to better understand how ferroelectric materials behave under high temperatures and the application of electric fields.
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05.24.17User Facility

Insight Into Enzyme’s 3D Structure Could Cut Biofuel CostsExternal link

Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels.
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FY 2018 Budget Request to Congress

“This budget delivers on the promise to reprioritize spending in order to carry out DOE’s core functions efficiently and effectively while also being fiscally responsible and respectful to the American taxpayer,” said Secretary Perry.
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05.23.17From the Labs

Sleuths Use Bubbles to Look for WIMPsExternal link

The multi-institution PICO search for WIMPs - weakly interacting massive particles, a hypothesized type of dark matter particle - relies on a simple phenomenon and a fairly low-key detector: bubbles and a bubble chamber.
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