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Flexing Our Research Muscle: Scientists Use APS to Better Understand Muscle Form, Function
A research team uses powerful X-rays to uncover the structure and behavior of proteins regulating tarantula muscle movement.
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A Day in the Life of a SLAC Machine Maker
At the Machine Shop, Pete Franco crafts beautiful, intricate and precise parts for the lab’s latest scientific tools.
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Chasing Their Tails but Getting Somewhere: Reimagining the Shape of Noise Leads to Improved Molecular Models
A Berkeley Lab intern and his mentor develop an algorithm that will extract better structures from low-quality diffraction data.
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The High-Tech Evolution of Scientific Computing: A Slight Return
Argonne is combining simulation, data science and machine learning approaches to help realize the promise of exascale computing.
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Pinning Down the Ampere with a Supersensitive Particle Detector
A device called the skipper CCD, developed by Fermi and Berkeley laboratories scientists, could spark an advance in measurement science.
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Berkeley Lab Scientists Contribute to New Exploration of Higgs Boson Interactions
Team uses NERSC supercomputer simulations to achieve high-sensitivity analysis of Higgs bosons decaying into pairs of muons.
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Preparing for Science in the Exascale Era
Argonne National Laboratory has been ramping up efforts to ready the Aurora supercomputer and its future users for science in the exascale era.
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A First-of-its-Kind Catalyst Mimics Natural Processes to Break Down Plastic and Produce Valuable New Products
A team led by Ames Lab developed a catalyst that is able to process the types of polymers used in plastic bags, milk jugs, and food containers.
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Adele Igel: Investigator of Arctic Clouds and Their Elusive Microphysics
During a three-year ASR project, a California researcher is doing foundational work that will improve models of cloud cover in polar regions.
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Creating the Software That Will Unlock the Power of Exascale
Leading research organizations & computer manufacturers in the U.S. are collaborating on construction of some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.
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University and Stakeholder News

Chemistry Researchers Receive $3.3M as Part of New Solar Energy Center
NC State University received funding to establish a research center to advance artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight.
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UCF Researchers Generate Attosecond Light from Industrial Laser
New measurement could have important implications in power generation, chemical- and biological-weapon detection, and medical diagnostics.
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DOE-Funded UAH Directed Plasma Research May Advance Pulsed Fusion Propulsion Systems
Gabe Hu has been awarded a grant for research on the deflection magnetic nozzle for a spacecraft’s fusion propulsion system.
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Scientists Find First Evidence for the Higgs Boson Interaction with Muons
UCSD professor Vivek Sharma and team followed the theory that the way particles interact with the Higgs boson accounts for their differences in mass.
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A Key to Cheaper Renewable Fuels: Keeping Iron from Rusting
Washington State University researchers have made a key first step in economically converting plant materials to fuels: keeping iron from rusting.
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Three FRIB Scientific Users Earn U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Awards
Three scientists who will perform research at FRIB have received U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards.
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New Soil Models May Ease Atmospheric CO2, Climate Change
Researchers propose developing new soil carbon-persistence models to better reflect the carbon-storage processes to draw down atmospheric CO2.
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Research Could Save Years of Breeding for New Miscanthus Hybrids
Researchers have now mined the crop’s vast genomic potential in an effort to speed up the breeding process and maximize its most desirable traits.
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Study: Mapping Crystal Shapes Could Fast-Track 2D Materials
Scientists are calling for a collective, global effort to fast-track the mass production of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulfide.
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Diamonds, Pencils Inspire Scientists to Create Multipurpose Protein Tool
Researchers’ protein crystals generate surprising electrical charge useful for various materials.
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