- Number 309 |
- April 12, 2010
Want to create a super non-stick surface? Pock mark a smooth material with cavities measuring billionths of a meter. These nanocavities trap tiny bubbles which render the surface extremely water repellent, say researchers at DOE's Brookhaven Lab, who recently captured the first glimpse of these miniscule air bubbles.
Jim Schroeder can now sleep easy. In November 2009, the IT engineer and his colleagues at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory finished a secondary high speed connection to the world’s premiere research and education networks. This includes the DOE-sponsored ESnet, which serves DOE laboratories and collaborators worldwide.
Some of the most tightly bound objects in the universe can at times appear to roam freely. Scientists have debated whether this is a fact of nature or a fluke limited to the objects they were studying. Now, nuclear physicists at DOE's Jefferson Lab have an answer.
ICE-LOC®, a small business based in Bosque Farms, N.M., invented an environmentally safe pipe protector using a dense sponge-like tube that can be inserted into pipes to prevent them from rupturing in cold weather. But without the ability to demonstrate the product, the company had trouble attracting customers.