Scientists Estimate That the Embodied Energy of Waste Plastics Equates to 12% of U.S. Industrial Energy Use

[ad_1] NREL Calculates Lost Value of Landfilled Plastic in U.S. With mountains of plastic trash piling up in landfills and experts anticipating that there will be more plastics in the ocean by weight than fish by 2050, the enormous environmental threat posed by plastics is widely acknowledged. The scientific community is less familiar with the […]

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New Possibilities Discovered for Room-Temperature Superconductivity

[ad_1] To study superconducting materials in their “normal,” non-superconducting state, scientists usually switch off superconductivity by exposing the material to a magnetic field, left. SLAC scientists discovered that turning off superconductivity with a flash of light, right, produces a normal state with very similar fundamental physics that is also unstable and can host brief flashes […]

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Powerful Data Acquisition System To Process Space Data Obtained by the Largest Digital Camera on Earth

[ad_1] The Rubin Observatory’s LSST Camera will take enormously detailed images of the night sky from atop a mountain in Chile. Down below the mountain, high-speed computers will send the data out into the world. What happens in between? When the Vera C. Rubin Observatory begins photographing the night sky in a few years, its […]

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After 15 Years of Research, Scientists Reveal the Fourth Signature of the Superconducting Transitions

[ad_1] Artist interpretation of superconductor transition. Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory The results cap 15 years of detective work aimed at understanding how these materials transition into a superconducting state where they can conduct electricity with no loss. Researchers were ecstatic 35 years ago when a novel and exciting new class of superconducting materials was […]

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Bacterial Enzyme Converts CO2 Into Carbon Compounds 20x Faster Than Photosynthesis

[ad_1] Artist interpretation of the enzyme Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Researchers discover that a spot of molecular glue and a timely twist help a bacterial enzyme convert carbon dioxide into carbon compounds 20 times faster than plant enzymes do during photosynthesis. The results stand to accelerate progress toward converting carbon dioxide into a variety […]

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Scientists Discover Surprising Applications of Nanodiamonds

[ad_1] A physical chemist and a diverse group of his students are working on applications with nanoscopic diamonds. Diamonds represent so much more to Abraham Wolcott than glistening gemstones and status symbols. The physical chemist at San Jose State University works with nanodiamonds, which are microscopic diamonds created by breaking apart bigger synthetic diamonds. Nanodiamonds […]

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Coronavirus Particles Likely Travel Farther Than Thought – Infectious Up to 200 Feet

[ad_1] The mucus that covers respiratory droplets allows viral particles to remain infectious farther than previously thought, according to a modeling study published in February. Credit: Composite image by Timothy Holland | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A study raises questions about how far droplets, like those that carry the virus that causes COVID-19, can travel […]

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Developing the Next Generation of Quantum Algorithms and Materials

[ad_1] Quantum computers are especially adept at simultaneously considering large numbers of possible combinations, but the instability of qubits in modern devices contributes to errors in calculations. Credit: Image by Timothy Holland | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Simulating a Quantum Future Quantum computers are anticipated to revolutionize the way researchers address complex computing problems. These […]

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A Smart Electric Grid Could Save Consumers $50 Billion a Year

[ad_1] In a transactive energy system, the power grid, homes, commercial buildings, electric appliances and charging stations are in constant contact, saving consumers and utilities up to $50 billion a year. Credit: Cortland Johnson | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Reimagining the United States power grid could save consumers $50 billion a year An innovative plan […]

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Electron Motion Tracked in a Quantum State of Matter Using X-Ray Pulses Less Than a Millionth of a Billionth of a Second Long

[ad_1] A SLAC-led team has invented a method, called XLEAP, that generates powerful low-energy X-ray laser pulses that are only 280 attoseconds, or billionths of a billionth of a second, long and that can reveal for the first time the fastest motions of electrons that drive chemistry. This illustration shows how the scientists use a […]

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