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Quantum Effect Triggers Unusual Material Expansion
Findings open new avenues for designing alloys for aviation and other applications.
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Solving the Mysteries of a Trojan-Horse Mosquito Toxin
An LCLS imaging technique reveals how a mosquito-borne bacterium deploys a toxin to kill mosquito larvae.
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Defense Against Coronavirus Starts With Prevention
PNNL scientists are on the front lines fighting against biological threats through early detection, diagnosis, and prevention strategies.
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SLAC Researcher Discover Giant Cavity in Key Tuberculosis Molecule
The giant cavity, in a protein that transports nutrients across the cell membrane, is unlike anything researchers have seen before.
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ARM Returning to the Rockies
A new Surface Atmosphere Integrated Field Laboratory (SAIL) campaign aims to improve modeling of processes affecting mountainous water cycles.
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Earlier Spring Foliage Brings Warmer Air to the North
A group of researchers recently used supercomputers at NERSC to explore how early leaf growth, or “leaf-out,” affects the earth’s ecosystem.
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PNNL Starts $90 Million Energy Sciences Research Building in North Richland
It will allow PNNL to co-locate its cutting-edge capabilities in chemistry, materials and computing to accelerate research in energy sciences.
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Department of Energy to Provide $16 Million for Isotope Production R&D
Awards Will Go to Universities and National Laboratories on a Competitive Basis
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Atomic Defect Lines Suppress Deactivation of Iron Oxide Catalysts
Understanding and directing the formation of defects could enable inexpensive, widely available metals like iron to be efficient and stable catalysts.
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A Landmark Plan for Realizing Fusion Energy and Advancing Plasma Science
The report, Community Plan for Fusion Energy and Discovery Plasma Sciences, proposes immediate steps to accelerate development of fusion power.
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University and Stakeholder News

Caltech & JPL Launch Hybrid High Rate Quantum Communication Systems
The first step is to deploy, commission and demonstrate a practical, high rate high-fidelity quantum communication system over fiber and free space.
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Making More MXene — Researchers Unveil a Scalable Production System for the Promising, 2D Nanomaterials
Drexel researchers now have a way to make MXene material in large enough batches to be considered viable for manufacturing.
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Two-Dimensional Metals Open Pathways to New Science
An atomically thin materials platform will open new applications in biomolecular sensing, quantum phenomena, catalysis and nonlinear optics.
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Deciphering Disorder
Researchers quantify disorder in 2D materials to build better quantum technologies.
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How Plants Protect Themselves From Sun Damage
MIT Assistant Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen has observed, for the first time, a mechanism that plants use to protect themselves from sun damage.
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UCLA-Led Research Team Produces Most Accurate 3D Images of '2D Materials'
The research team has produced in unprecedented detail experimental three-dimensional maps of the atoms in a so-called 2D material.
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Research on "Science" Cover Reveals Collective Dynamics of Active Matter Systems
A study provides new details about the collective motion of individual agents in a liquid-crystal-like system.
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Groovy Key to Nanotubes in 2D
Researchers at Rice University have discovered a breakthrough method for making carbon nanotubes line up in thin films on a filter membrane.
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Machine Learning Illuminates Material's Hidden Order
A Cornell collaboration used high-res ultrasound spectroscopy to examine the properties changes of URu2Si2 during the hidden order phase transition.
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Radar and Ice Could Help Detect an Elusive Subatomic Particle
Using SLAC National Lab, a team has shown that it is possible to detect - with radio waves - the cascade that happens when a neutrino hits an atom.
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