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sugary molecules hop aboard floating oily molecules
Full Story | August 2016

Sugar Hitches a Ride on Organic Sea Spray
Sticky organic molecules hop aboard oily floaters and may influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds

PNNL researchers and collaborators found a "sticky" strategy binds organic sugar-like molecules to floating fatty molecules on the sea surface which can be flung into the atmosphere by bursting bubbles. This mechanism may explain the discrepancies between models and the actual sea spray aerosol composition measurements that influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds.

Janet Jansson
Full Story | August 2016

Jansson Weighs in on Science’s Ways of Unlocking Microbial Communities

Microbiologist Janet K. Jansson was quoted at length in the August issue of BioTechniques regarding the stubborn mysteries of microbial communities, which can be good or bad for the ecosystems they populate. Among nine scientists quoted or cited, she was the most frequently heard.

converting carbon dioxide into energy carriers
Full Story | August 2016

Carbon Capture and Conversion Together in Solution Reduces Energy Demands
Keeping captured carbon dioxide in liquid makes it more reactive and easier to concentrate

At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists showed that carbon dioxide in solution behaves differently than its gaseous counterpart. In liquids, carbon dioxide is chemically reactive and concentrated, reducing the energy demands for the first steps in creating fuels.

Full Story | August 2016

Launching a New Era for NWChem
PNNL-developed computational chemistry code set to grow under new ECP project

NWChemEx: Tackling Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Challenges in the Exascale Era was recently selected as a four-year project for the national Exascale Computing Project, known as ECP. NWChemEx will enhance the popular computational chemistry code, NWChem, to dramatically improve its scalability, performance, extensibility, and portability to take full advantage of exascale computing technologies. Dr. Thom Dunning, a Battelle Fellow with the University of Washington-PNNL Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, is Project Director for the NWChemEx project.

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