Monthly Archives: June 2012

From accident to lab to Nobel Prize: Read about Alan MacDiarmid and plastic batteries

Alan MacDiarmid

An inadvertent addition of more than the recommended catalyst during an experiment in Japan led a U.S. researcher to the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. At the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website you can find out how Alan MacDiarmid made this happen, and you can get resources with additional information and related patents. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Cool? You Bet. Mobile Named to Top Ten in Best Federal Apps
Coolness? Check. Usefulness? Check. Ease of Use? Check. The Mobile application has been named among the Top Ten in Best Federal Apps by Government Computer News (GCN). The recognition is timely, too. The Administration recently issued  Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, the strategy which calls on all federal agencies to begin making mobile applications to better serve the American public.  GCN called its Top Ten “ahead of the curve” with apps already in place. The mobile application was developed by and is hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) on behalf of the multi-agency Alliance.  Now anywhere, anytime, you can go to to get science information quickly.  Read more about, the online gateway to over 50 databases and more than 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies.  In 2009, the portal was named among 10 government websites already “meeting and exceeding” the Obama Administration’s transparency goals in a special GCN report, Great dot-Gov Web Sites.

Creation of synthetic host molecules led to 1987 Nobel Prize for Cram

Donald Cram

Twenty years after creating synthetic host molecules that mimic some of the actions that enzymes perform in cells, Donald Cram was awarded the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In his host-guest research, Cram and his colleagues designed and prepared more than 1,000 hosts — each with unique chemical and physical properties — designed to attract and bind (to serve as hosts) to specific guest molecules, which can be either organic molecules or inorganic ions. Get resources with additional information including full-text documents, and see the research highlights at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

From Snowflake Science to the NanoSHIELD, DOE looking good in coveted R&D 100 Awards

A remarkably small microwave antenna is among ORNL's nine R&D 100 award-winning technologies.

From Snowflake Science to the NanoSHIELD, DOE researchers have won 36 of the highly coveted 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine. The awards are given annually for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. “Congratulations to this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu (see press release). “The research and development at the Department of Energy’s laboratories continue to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness.” You can find more about the research behind the awards via Science Accelerator, a gateway to science information including full-text R&D results, accomplishments, and more.

Red Yeast Rice: An Introduction

Red yeast rice is a traditional Chinese culinary and medicinal product. In the United States, dietary supplements containing red yeast rice have been marketed to help lower blood levels of cholesterol and related lipids. Red yeast rice products may not be safe; some may have the same side effects as certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, and some may contain a potentially harmful contaminant. This fact sheet provides basic information about red yeast rice, summarizes scientific research on effectiveness and safety, discusses the legal status of red yeast rice, and suggests sources for additional information.

NCCAM Research Blog: Reflections from the 7th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pain Research

Two weeks ago was the occasion of the NIH Pain Consortium 7th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pain Research. It was a great meeting, and we heard some terrific science presented. Modern neuroscience is clearly opening up our understanding of how the brain processes painful stimuli, and is yielding insights about how emotional states (or even placebo pills) modify the processing of pain in the brain. We heard about intriguing work on novel therapeutic targets, such as the adenosine pathway, a long-time scientific interest of mine, and learned about a number of highly innovative approaches to the development of new analgesic drugs. I also really enjoyed hearing about rigorous studies testing nonpharmacological approaches, such as massage, behavioral therapies, and mindfulness meditation.

Nevertheless, all is not well…

Invisible science, cadaver dogs, brain imaging, quiet lasers, entrepreneurship: see the patents at DOepatent news

In 2011, over 800 patents were issued as a result of research funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). That’s an average of 2 or 3 patents a day for 2011, an impressive total for the year. Read about a variety of patents through the DOepatents news. DOE patent activity demonstrates a considerable contribution to scientific progress in the physical sciences and other disciplines.

Refreshed design complements ongoing refreshed content at Science Accelerator

Science Accelerator
You can now refresh your science discovery experience at Science Accelerator through its new design and the regular updates to its resources. See the new look and explore the new content by using search terms in your topic of interest. You can limit your results to the most recent by using the Advanced Search and entering a date range of your choice. For instance, searching on the Full Record for the term ‘nanotubes’ with date range of 2011 through 2012 will return over 500 results.

DOE Science Showcase–Fuel Cells, What’s in the Research?

Fuel CellsConsiderable research is focused on how to improve fuel cells, their efficiency, environmental impact and marketability. Read about fuel cell research and find the Department’s fuel cell research in key DOE databases:

Hair spray, aerosol deodorants & kitchen refrigerators part of Rowland’s 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry

F. Sherwood RowlandF. Sherwood Rowland earned a share in the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry exit federal site for his work leading to the discovery that a chemical used in aerosols was slowly destroying Earth’s ozone layer. Get resources with additional information and enjoy the Rowland videos at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.