A dozen colorful images captured during research are featured
Cover image: Roman glass, submerged in the ocean for 2,000 years, is providing researchers with confirmation of the effectiveness of glass as a radioactive waste storage medium. This close-up of the glass reveals iridescent corrosion layers caused by the undersea environment. Scientists, funded jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy offices of Nuclear Energy and Environmental Management, are examining glass retrieved from a first-century Adriatic Sea shipwreck to better understand corrosion impacts. The new knowledge helps refine and validate models that predict how glass encapsulation of radioactive waste for long-term storage will hold up over thousands of years. The research has been conducted in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Radiochemical Processing Laboratory and at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science national scientific user facility located at PNNL.
RICHLAND, Wash. – Enjoying the beauty of science year-round is easy with a new digital calendar and computer wallpaper containing captivating images that illustrate research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The 2016 calendar and wallpaper feature 12 colorful images, including close-up views of materials under a microscope and visualized computational modeling results. The images — which showcase everything from bacteria to batteries — are the result of PNNL’s diverse research, including biofuels, energy storage, cybersecurity and biological threat detection.
For example, the month of November shows a magnified microbe growing a on a plant root. The image was collected while PNNL scientists studied the carbon cycle among soil, roots and microogranisms. The research could one day lead to solutions for climate and environmental challenges.
PNNL chose the dozen images from more than 60 nominations that were submitted in 2015 by its staff. This is the fifth year in a row the national laboratory has produced a scientific art calendar.