Each year, scientists with the Office of Science, at our national laboratories, and supported by the Office of Science at the nation’s colleges and universities, publish thousands of research findings in the scientific literature. About 200 of these are selected annually by their respective program areas in the Office of Science as publication highlights of special note.

For the archive of past publication highlights, click here.

December 6, 2022

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Scientists Narrow the Anchor Point in a Quantum Chromodynamics Critical Point Search

Colliding gold nuclei at various energies enables scientists to investigate phases of nuclear matter and their possible co-existence at a critical point.

December 2, 2022

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New Quantum Light Source Paves the Way to a Quantum Internet

Researchers develop the first 2D telecommunication-compatible quantum light source, smoothing the path toward a quantum internet.

November 30, 2022

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Whole Ecosystem Warming Stimulates Methane Production from Plant Metabolites in Peatlands

Warming stimulates methanogenesis fueled by the release of plant metabolites.

November 28, 2022

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Scientists Measure Calcium Nuclei’s Thin Skin

A first-of-its-kind measurement of the rare calcium-48 nucleus found a neutron-rich “thin skin” around a core of more evenly distributed protons and neutrons.

November 22, 2022

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Rethinking Winter Carbon Cycling

Scientists investigate virus-host interactions at sub-freezing temperatures in Arctic peat soil.

November 17, 2022

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For Protons and Neutrons, Things Aren’t the Same Inside Nuclei

Nuclear physicists find that the internal structures of protons and neutrons may be altered in different ways inside nuclei.

November 15, 2022

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For Grassland Soil Viruses, Precipitation Shapes Diversity, Abundance, and Function

Historical precipitation influences soil viruses and their functional potential in grassland soils.

November 10, 2022

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Theorists Propose a Novel Way to Measure Gluons’ Orbital Motion

Predictions for future measurements at the Electron-Ion Collider may help solve ‘proton spin’ mystery.

November 8, 2022

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Moisture Matters for Viruses in Soil

Soil moisture influences the activity of soil DNA viruses and the composition and abundance of RNA viruses.

November 3, 2022

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Predicting Explosive Energy Bursts in Compact Fusion Power Plants

New discovery allows scientists to better stabilize the plasma in future compact fusion reactors.