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intersecting cold pools
Full Story | February 2015

A Breath of Cold Air
Scientists discover the truth behind the role of cold air pools in climate

Warm, moist air colliding with cold dry air above it has traditionally been credited with creating massive cloud formations many miles tall. Now, research by a team of scientists from PNNL and academia challenges that long-held belief. As reported in the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, the scientists discovered that cold air near the surface rather than warm air is more likely to fuel cloud growth.

Dick Smith in PNNL proteomics lab
Full Story | February 2015

Dick Smith Featured in Special Journal Issue

Congratulations to Richard (Dick) D. Smith, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who was featured in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. He was the focus for this issue, as well as an accompanying editorial, for his contributions to "Advancing High Performance Mass Spectrometry."  The editorial celebrates Smith's accomplishments as Battelle Fellow, Chief Scientist in the Biological Sciences Division, and Director of Proteomics Research at PNNL. He received the Society's 2013 Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry Award.

Zdenek Dohnalek at scanning tunneling microscope
Full Story | February 2015

Transformations: The Value of Catalysis, Top Five List from CME's Last Five Years, Catalytic Choreography

In the latest edition of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis' Transformations, PNNL scientist Bob Weber provides an overview on the value of catalysis to the economy, society, and scientific research in general. This issue's feature is on the top five things learned in the first five years of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at PNNL. This Energy Frontier Research Center has answered fundamental questions about what makes catalysts work. Transformations also contains the Institute for Integrated Catalysis's (IIC's) latest video, "Catalytic Choreography," catalysis scientist Zdenek Dohnalek (see photo) explains how his team at PNNL discovers how molecules move, break and rejoin on the surface of a catalyst-fundamental knowledge that could be used to design better catalysts to produce renewable energy.

Full Story | February 2015

Shippert Co-author of Paper Featured in Nature
Work describes first observations of surface radiative forcing by carbon dioxide using ARM data

For his contribution to research recently showcased in a paper published in Nature, Tim Shippert, a scientist with the ARM Data Integration team in PNNL’s ACMD Division, ran six model years of ARM data to evaluate reviewers’ questions about specific calculations. The resulting work provided evidence of the first observed influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide at the Earth’s surface and helps confirm that climate models are accurately representing carbon dioxide’s impacts to climate.

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