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NERSC, ESnet Continue to Deliver Supercomputing, Networking Support for Nation’s Scientists During Pandemic
NERSC and ESnet are providing critical computing and networking resources to scientists, including some exploring ways to fight the pandemic.
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A New Explanation for Sudden Collapses of Heat in Plasmas Can Help Create Fusion Energy on Earth
Researchers at PPPL have proposed a new theory to explain the swings that occur in doughnut-shaped tokamaks, or fusion facilities.
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Argonne and CERN Weigh in on the Origin of Heavy Elements
An experiment conducted at CERN utilizes novel techniques developed at Argonne to study the nature and origin of heavy elements in the universe.
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Meet the Engineers Whose Programming Helps Enhance Climate Research
Meng Wang, Tami Fairless, and Karen Lee Johnson use teamwork to bring atmospheric data into focus while also improving their work environment.
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Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts
Scientists have designed a catalyst composed of very low concentrations of platinum on the surface of titanium dioxide.
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ORNL Scientists Tap into AI to Put a New Spin on Neutron Experiments
A team at Oak Ridge National Lab trained an artificial neural network to analyze scattering data for quantum materials discoveries.
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Argonne's Researchers and Facilities Playing a Key Role in the Fight Against COVID-19
Argonne is bringing the power of its scientific leadership and state-of-the-art user facilities to bear in the global battle against COVID-19.
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New Technique Looks for Dark Matter Traces in Dark Places
Study knocks down some theories for the origin of a mysterious light signature that has puzzled physicists for years.
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An Arctic Sea Ice Surprise
Researchers find that more cracks in the ice lead to fewer—not more—low clouds.
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Looking Up From the Mountaintop: Q&A With a Telescope Instrument’s Lead Observer
Satya Gontcho A Gontcho sets her sights on millions of galaxies and quasars that will be mapped in 3D by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
Harvard and MIT researchers demonstrate the missing link for a quantum internet.
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Advanced “Super-Planckian” Material Exhibits LED-Like Light When Heated
Unconventional material emits light that exceeds limits of natural law.
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New Satellite-Based Algorithm Pinpoints Crop Water Use
A new high-resolution mapping framework, BESS-STAIR, focuses on plants’ carbon-water-energy cycles to provide daily, accurate information.
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Stanford Scientists Program Cells to Carry Out Gene-Guided Construction Projects
Stanford researchers have developed a method to genetically reprogram cells to build artificial structures.
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Fusion Researchers Endorse Push for Pilot Power Plant in US
Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.
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Graphene Underpins a New Platform to Selectively ID Deadly Strains of Bacteria
Prototype developed by Boston College-led team demonstrates the first selective, electrical detection of two pathogenic bacterial species.
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Model Simulator Helps Researchers Map Complex Physics Phenomena
A Cornell-led collaboration has successfully created a simulator using ultrathin monolayers that overlap to make a moiré pattern.
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Research Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images
New calculations predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending.
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Bacterial Enzyme Could Become a New Target for Antibiotics
Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen.
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Radiation Damage Spreads Among Close Neighbors
A new report shows a single x-ray can unravel an enormous molecule.
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