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January 11, 2021
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Suzanne E. Lapi: Then and Now / 2011 Early Career Award Winner
Suzanne Lapi heads a research group focused on the radiochemistry and development of production techniques of isotopes for medical imaging and therapy
January 6, 2021
Astronaut repairing cosmic ray tool
Science for Space…and Space for Science
The DOE’s Office of Science is collaborating with NASA to bring our space research to new heights.
January 6, 2021
A high-power microscopic image of the skeleton from Turbinaria peltata shows a pattern of both ion-attachment (in blue) and nanoparticle attachment (in green) of new minerals to the skeleton
A Better Understanding of Coral Skeleton Growth Suggests Ways to Restore Reefs
University of Wisconsin–Madison physicists observed reef-forming corals at the nanoscale and identified how they create their skeletons.
January 4, 2021
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Ryan Hayward: Then and Now / 2011 Early Career Award Winner
Ryan Hayward studies organic polymers and molecules that conduct electricity.
December 30, 2020
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Daniel Fredrickson: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
Daniel Frederickson studies metallics to develop strategies for creating materials able to merge different functional domains at the nanometer scale.
December 28, 2020
Two spikey viruses are attaching to a cell membrane, with a third further down.
Mobilizing Science to Tackle COVID-19
The Office of Science has led the Department of Energy’s research and development efforts to respond to COVID-19.
December 23, 2020
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Top Posts of 2020
The most popular posts of the year shared by the Office of Science.
December 21, 2020
Illinois researchers developed a spherical lens that allows light coming into the lens from any direction to be focused into a very small spot on the surface of the lens exactly opposite the input direction.
Researchers Confront Optics and Data-Transfer Challenges with 3D-Printed Lens
Researchers have developed new 3D-printed microlenses with adjustable refractive indices.
December 18, 2020
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Jeffrey Newman: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
Jeffrey Newman is improving methods for determining the distances to the stars, for ongoing and future dark energy experiments.
December 15, 2020
This microscopic, twisting spiral —which exhibits interesting, tunable superconductive properties — was “grown” by depositing sheets of two-dimensional material over a substrate curved slightly by slipping a nanoparticle underneath.
Do the Twist: Making Two-Dimensional Quantum Materials Using Curved Surfaces
Scientists at Wisconsin–Madison U have discovered a way to control the growth of twisting, microscopic spirals of materials just one atom thick.
December 11, 2020
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Nate McDowell: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
Nate McDowell studies tree life and death during droughts, showing how vegetation death plays a major role in the global carbon cycle.
December 8, 2020
Currently, extreme cold is required to achieve superconductivity, as demonstrated in this photo from Dias's lab, in which a magnet floats above a superconductor cooled with liquid nitrogen.
Room-Temperature Superconductor? Rochester Lab Sets New Record Toward Long-Sought Goal
University physical scientists synthesize new superconducting material.
December 1, 2020
Man and woman in clean room “bunny suits” in front of machinery.
First-Person Science: Kawtar Hafidi on the Proton’s Structure
The question of how the proton – one of the building blocks of the universe – is constructed drives nuclear physicist Kawtar Hafidi’s research.
November 23, 2020
Maureen Hanson, left, professor of molecular biology and genetics and plant biology and Myat Lin, research associate, in the Weill Plant Transformation Facility.
E. Coli Bacteria Offer Path to Improving Photosynthesis
Scientists use E. coli to create an optimal experimental environment for studying how to speed up photosynthesis.
November 20, 2020
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Christopher Mauger: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
U of Pennsylvania physics professor Christopher Mauger measures neutrino properties, investigating the transformation of neutrinos between types.
November 17, 2020
A 3D see-through cube with interconnected blue dots inside of it.
Four Decades of Advancing Computing for Discovery
The Office of Science has been investing in applied math and computational science for 40 years, leading to world-class infrastructure and research.
November 10, 2020
Experimental evidence of quasiparticles called anyons has been found by a team of scientists at Purdue University. Electrical interference in the experiment created a pattern which the researchers called a “pyjama plot”; jumps in the interference pattern
New Evidence that the Quantum World is Even Stranger Than We Thought
New experimental evidence of a collective behavior of electrons to form "quasiparticles" called "anyons" has been reported by scientists at Purdue U.
November 6, 2020
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Christian Bauer: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
Large data sets require software specifically written to increase precision. Christian Bauer develops that software for new physics discoveries.
October 28, 2020
The first neutron structure of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease enzyme revealed unexpected electrical charges in the amino acids cysteine (negative) and histidine (positive), providing key data about the virus’s replication.
Neutrons Chart Atomic Map of COVID-19's Viral Replication Mechanism
Scientists have completed a three-dimensional map that reveals the location of every atom in an enzyme molecule critical to SARS-CoV-2 reproduction.
October 23, 2020
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Matt Law: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
Producing lead selenide quantum dot films by atomic layer deposition is paving the way to new applications in nanoscale materials.
October 7, 2020
Jennifer Doudna Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Jennifer Doudna Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Doudna, a UC Berkeley professor and Berkeley Lab faculty scientist, is co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
October 2, 2020
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Patrick Huber: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner
Virginia Tech’s Patrick Huber is modeling reactor neutrino fluxes, improving our understanding of neutrino properties and their role in the cosmos.
September 24, 2020
Princeton University researchers invented a method for using light to turn on and off a mechanism in E. coli bacteria that is key to producing valuable chemicals.
Flipping Light On-Off Turns Bacteria Into Chemical Factories
Princeton U researchers invented a method for using light to turn on & off a mechanism in E. coli bacteria that is key to producing valuable chemicals
September 22, 2020
Moh El-Naggar studies “electric bacteria” in his laboratory at the University of Southern California Dornsife.
First Person Science: Moh El-Naggar on Electric Bacteria
“Electric bacteria” pass electrons through cell walls to solid minerals outside the cell. El-Naggar studies how and why this amazing process happens.
September 16, 2020
Lasers are used to create an indestructible optical fiber out of plasma that helps researchers confine a separate laser pulse as it travels through the plasma.
Plasma Guides Maintain Laser Focus
Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed an improved technique to make waveguides that can withstand the power of intense lasers.