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Students Nationwide to Compete in 30th Department of Energy National Science Bowl®
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Defects in Magnetic Nanoparticles May Improve Cancer Treatment
X-ray studies reveal atomic-level distortions that enhance generation of heat for killing tumor cells or improving response to chemotherapy/radiation.
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Protecting Essential Connections in a Tangled Web
First-of-its-kind network analysis on a supercomputer can speed real-time applications for cybersecurity, transportation & infectious disease tracking
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Argonne and UChicago Scientists Take Important Step in Developing National Quantum Internet
Real-world experiment in Chicago suburbs achieves quantum entanglement across 52-mile fiber network.
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KSTAR Joins an Exclusive Club: Tandem Shattered Pellet Injectors Now in Testing for Disruption Mitigation
First-of-a-kind experiments have begun at the KSTAR tokamak where two new shattered pellet injectors were installed in October & December.
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LBNF/DUNE Pre-Excavation Work Continues Above and Below Ground
Construction is underway to ready the Sanford Underground Research Facility for its role as the far site of Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility
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SRTE Support Enables Nuclear Physics Experiments at Jefferson Lab
The Savannah River Tritium Enterprise is the collective term for the facilities, people, expertise and activities at Savanna River related to tritium.
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Stability by Fluctuation: Topological Materials Outperform Through Quantum Periodic Motion
Applying vibrational motion in a periodic manner may be the key to the desired electron states for advanced quantum computing and spintronics.
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Princeton Uses Neutrons to Squeeze Possibilities for Piezoelectrochemical Self-Charging Technologies
Princeton University researchers are exploring new possibilities using neutron scattering at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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New, Detailed Molecular Roadmap Boosts Fight Against Endometrial Cancer
A study published Feb. 13 in Cell provides an unprecedented look at the dozens of molecular steps that occur to bring about endometrial cancer.
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Researchers Show How Electric Fields Affect a Molecular Twist Within Light-Sensitive Proteins
A better understanding of phenomenon could enable researchers to develop light-sensitive proteins for areas such as biological imaging & optogenetics.
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University and Stakeholder News

Fusion's Hot Moment
Experts discuss the new momentum in fusion research, the development of a private fusion industry, and the path to commercial reactors.
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Contradicting Prevalent View, UCI Oceanographers Predict Increase in Phytoplankton
A new study finds that ocean phytoplankton populations will grow even as the future is expected to bring warmer tropical waters.
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Detection of Very High Frequency Magnetic Resonance Could Revolutionize Electronics
UC Riverside-led research has applications in ultrafast and spin-based nanoscale devices.
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Hybrid Technique Aims to Produce Stronger, Corrosion-Resistant Nickel for Auto, Medical, Manufacturing Industries
Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel.
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Microbiologist Receives DOE Grant to Investigate Peatland Carbon Processes
A UT microbiologist has received a portion of a DOE grant to study how global warming could affect peatlands & their vast carbon stores in the future.
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A Better Building Block for Creating New Materials
A team of researchers describes a new approach for synthesizing organic “Legos” that can be easily connected to make new materials.
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New Study Looks Beneath Surface to See How Oxides, Gases Interact
Binghamton University professor leads Department of Energy-funded research that could aid cleaner energy technologies.
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Ordering In? Plants Are Way Ahead of You
Rice University scientists learn how plants manipulate their soil environment to assure a cheap, steady supply of nutrients.
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FRIB Hosts DOE-SC Director Chris Fall
In addition to FRIB, he toured the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
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Georgia Tech Collaborates with IBM to Develop Software Stacks for Quantum Computers
Georgia Tech has announced an agreement to join the IBM Q Hub at Oak Ridge Lab to advance the fundamental research and use of quantum computing.
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