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Summit Charts a Course to Uncover the Origins of Genetic Diseases
Researchers use Summit supercomputer to create most complete model of complex protein machinery.
May 21, 2019
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Machine Learning Speeds Modeling of Experiments Aimed at Capturing Fusion Energy on Earth
Researchers at DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are using machine learning to create a model for rapid control of plasma.
May 20, 2019
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Nanoscale Sculpturing Leads to Unusual Packing of Nanocubes
Cube-shaped nanoparticles with thick shells of DNA assemble into a never-before-seen 3-D "zigzag" pattern that breaks orientational symmetry.
May 20, 2019
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Red Light, Green Light: Protein Signaling Illuminated
PNNL researchers have devised a way to measure and distinguish tiny amounts of phosphorylated proteins, an approach that could be used in research to help treat diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
May 10, 2019
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Neutrons Investigate Tomatoes for Insights Into Interplant Chatter
Professors Kathryn and Jonathan Morris from Xavier University are using neutron scattering at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to observe firsthand how these info-chemicals travel along tiny, pipe-like networks called fungal hyphae. Whether the messages move passively along the outside of those fungal networks or the fungi deliberately locate and absorb info-chemicals for transportation remains unclear.
May 10, 2019
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Q&A: SLAC/Stanford Researchers Prepare for a New Quantum Revolution
Monika Schleier-Smith and Kent Irwin explain how their projects in quantum information science could help us better understand black holes and dark matter.
May 10, 2019
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Fermilab Takes Home Two Project Management Achievement Awards Given by Department of Energy This Year
The U.S. Department of Energy has conferred two Project Management Achievement awards for Fermilab projects: the Muon g-2 Project and the Utilities Upgrade Project. They were two of three awards given out this year for Office of Science projects. The project teams include staff from Fermilab, the DOE Fermi Site Office and the DOE Office of Science Office of High Energy Physics.
May 9, 2019
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Focus on Nuclear Waste Chemistry Could Help Hanford Cleanup Challenges
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University teamed up to investigate the complex dynamics of low-water liquids that challenge nuclear waste processing at federal cleanup sites.
May 9, 2019
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PNNL, OHSU Work Together to Reveal Key Brain Switch
The structure of a fundamental electrical switch in the brain has been revealed, thanks to PNNL researchers working together with counterparts at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). PNNL scientists Adam Swensen and Wei-Jun Qian performed mass spectrometry experiments that allowed the team to reconstruct the molecular structure of the AMPA receptor much more accurately than was possible with the cryo-EM data alone.
May 9, 2019
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University Research News

The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel
Genetic analysis of 480 blue mallee eucalyptus plants provides clues to modify cultivars for greater yield, whether for essential oils or jet fuel.
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Stony Brook University Partners with IBM to Accelerate Quantum Computing Research and Education
SBU will join other top research universities and obtain direct access to IBM Q™’s most-advanced commercially available quantum computing systems.
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Research Explores Behavior of Quarks and Gluons at Large Hadron Collider
A team of high-energy nuclear experimental particle physicists from the University of Kansas has earned a two-year, $400,000 DOE grant for the study.
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Two Doctoral Students Win Department of Energy Fellowships
Two University of Rochester doctoral students have received fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy—one in computer science and one in physics.
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New Polymer Films Conduct Heat Instead of Trapping It
Material may replace many metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, refrigerators, and electronics.
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Stanford Researchers’ Artificial Synapse is Fast, Efficient and Durable
A battery-like device could act as an artificial synapse within computing systems intended to imitate the brain’s efficiency and ability to learn.
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Jamin Rader Chosen for DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Jamin Rader, who will join Elizabeth Barnes’ research group in Fall 2019, has been awarded a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.
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Virginia Tech Joining IBM Q Network to Accelerate Research, Educational Opportunities in Quantum Computing
VT has joined the expanding IBM Q Network as a member of the IBM Q Hub at Oak Ridge National Lab to accelerate joint research in quantum computing.
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DOE’s Science Graduate Student Research Program Selects 70 Students to Pursue Research at DOE Laboratories
UNLV physics and astronomy Ph.D. student Howard Yanxon was one of those selected. He will conduct his research at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
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Excessive Rainfall as Damaging to Corn Yield as Extreme Heat, Drought
Scientists have linked historical crop insurance, climate, soil and corn yield data to quantify the effects of excessive rainfall on corn yield.
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