June 1, 2018

Simulations of Magnetically Confined Plasmas Reveal a Self-Regulating Stabilizing Mechanism

The mechanism behind the magnetic flux pumping in the numerical simulations works as follows: if the central current profile is flat and if the

June 1, 2018

Simulating Turbulent Bubbly Flows in Nuclear Reactors

Researchers are shedding light on boiling phenomena, bubble formation, and turbulent liquid/gas flows in nuclear reactor geometries. Using ALCF

May 30, 2018

How to Draw a Line Narrower Than a Cold Virus

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences rastered a highly focused helium-ion beam through a

May 9, 2018

Huge “Thermometer” Takes Temperatures of Tiny Samples

Atoms are always shaking. The higher the temperature, the more the atoms shake. In this study, scientists used a specialized instrument made by the

April 25, 2018

Keeping Tabs on Polysulfides in Batteries

The lithium-sulfur battery has a theoretical energy density much greater than commercial lithium-ion batteries; however, the technology exhibits

April 24, 2018

A Novel Method for Comparing Plant Genes

The water-saving characteristics developed by CAM plants allow for survival in arid climates. Plant species such as orchid, pineapple, and

April 23, 2018

A Game Changer: Protein Clustering Powered by Supercomputers

Given an arbitrary graph or network, it is difficult to know the most efficient way to visit all of the nodes and links. A random walk gets a sense

April 11, 2018

Getting Magnesium Ions to Pick Up the Pace

The remarkable mobility of lithium ions in solids has been a key factor in the development of commercial lithium-ion batteries. A generally

April 9, 2018

How to Turn Light Into Atomic Vibrations

Light could induce desirable structural changes in thin sheets of materials. These materials could have applications ranging from data storage

March 14, 2018

Predicting a New Phase of Superionic Ice

Possibly residing on ice-rich planets in our solar system and beyond, superionic ice is an exotic type of ice that exists at high temperature and