- Number 318 |
- August 16, 2010
In July, the particle collider experiments at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory revealed their latest search results for the elusive Higgs particle. Based on the analyses of data collected by the CDF and DZero experiments at Fermilab, scientists have ruled out about a quarter of the Higgs boson mass range allowed by previous experiments.
In the quest for new fuel sources, scientists at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, DOE’s Joint Genome Institute, and the University of Florida are turning to an unlikely ally: the termite. The microbial community that resides in this home wrecker’s gut allows it to turn wood into chemicals.
The next generation of Mars rovers could have smaller, cheaper, more robust and more sensitive life-detecting instruments, thanks to a new invention by scientists at DOE's Idaho National Laboratory.
By linking individual semiconductor quantum dots with gold nanoparticles, scientists at DOE's Brookhaven Lab have demonstrated the ability to enhance the intensity of light emitted by individual quantum dots by up to 20 times. The precision method for making the light-emitting particle clusters will greatly advance scientists’ ability to study and modify the optical properties of quantum dots, and could eventually lead to improved solar energy conversion devices, light-controlled electronics, and biosensors.