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October 25, 2012
News Feature
Solar, wind and other renewable energy sources reduce consumption of fossil fuels but also pose challenges to the electrical grid because their power generation fluctuates, heightening the need for better battery technology to store their energy until it's needed to feed the grid.
Photo - Wind turbines along a highway
August 13, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — With a thin sliver of diamond, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have transformed the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) into an even more precise tool for exploring the nanoworld.
LCLS Self-Seeding Hardware Panorama (Photo by Matt Beardsley)
February 28, 2012
News Feature
A surprising atomic-scale wiggle underlies the way a special class of materials reacts to light, according to research that may lead to new devices for harvesting solar energy.
artist's conception depicts the sudden contraction and elongation experienced by the unit cell of the ferroelectric material lead titanate as an intense pulse of violet light hits it
January 31, 2012
News Feature
Scientists have found a way to distort the atomic arrangement and change the magnetic properties of an important class of electronic materials with ultra-short pulses of terahertz (mid-infrared) laser light without heating the material up.
This graphic depicts an ultrashort pulse of terahertz light distorting a manganite crystal lattice
January 19, 2012
News Feature
A big reason for publishing scientific results is to inform others who can then use your data and conclusions to make additional discoveries, technologies or products.
Jens Hummelshøj shows off CatApp
May 2, 2011
Press Release
Scientists have engineered a cheap, abundant alternative to the expensive platinum catalyst and coupled it with a light-absorbing electrode to make hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water.
Tiny Silicon Pillars

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