August 6, 2018

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Quantum Computing of an Atomic Nucleus

Quantum computers promise to solve “exponentially hard” problems, such as computing the structure of molecules, atoms, or atomic nuclei

June 22, 2018

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Predicting Magnetic Explosions: From Plasma Current Sheet Disruption to Fast Magnetic Reconnection

The computer simulations are fully corroborated by the theoretical predictions of a new phenomenological theory, putting the conclusions on a solid

June 19, 2018

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Sense Like a Shark: Saltwater-Submersible Films

Designing materials for sensors that function at peak performance in relatively harsh environments, such as saltwater, is of interest to

June 1, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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