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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 | July 2016

They've Still Got 'Game'
Work from PNNL's Asymmetric Resilient Cybersecurity initiative gets the 'SIAM News' spotlight

In the current issue of SIAM News, authors Samrat Chatterjee, Mahantesh Halappanavar, Ramakrishna Tipireddy, and Matthew Oster showcase their progressive and ongoing work involving game-theoretic and uncertainty quantification methods in the Research Spotlight article, “Game Theory and Uncertainty Quantification for Cyber Defense Applications.”

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