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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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Finding Hidden Neutrinos with MicroBooNE
New paper describes a search for a new – hidden – type of heavier neutrino that could help explain why the masses of ordinary neutrinos are so small.
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Light Sources Form Data Solution Task Force
New collaboration between scientists at the five DOE light source facilities will develop flexible software to easily process big data.
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Atom or Noise? New Method Helps Cryo-EM Researchers Tell the Difference
Cryogenic electron microscopy has reached the point where researchers could in principle image individual atoms in a 3D reconstruction of a molecule.
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ORNL Researchers Develop 'Multitasking' AI Tool to Extract Cancer Data in Record Time
The Oak Ridge Lab team is developing advanced artificial intelligence solutions to modernize the national cancer surveillance program.
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Investigating the Trigger for a Sudden Explosive Process that Occurs Throughout the Universe
Researchers at PPPL and Princeton U have recently produced a formula for tracking the development of “plasmoid-instability-mediated disruptions."
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New Argonne Etching Technique Could Advance the Way Semiconductor Devices Are Made
Researchers at Argonne National Lab have developed a new technique that could potentially help make these increasingly small but complex devices.
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Quantum Internet Workshop Begins Mapping the Future of Quantum Communications
The primary goal of the workshop was to begin laying the groundwork for a nationwide entangled quantum Internet.
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DUNE Collaboration Finalizes the Blueprint for the Ultimate Neutrino Detector
After two years of work, scientists now hold in hand the blueprint for perhaps the most ambitious neutrino experiment in the world.
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Numerical Models and the Quest for Predictive Understanding
Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab researchers use a new model to create a virtual ecosystem using root, plant, and soil chemistry simulations.
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University and Stakeholder News

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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Modifying a Bacterial Microcompartment Shell Proteins to Bind Metal Ions for Electron Transfer with Electrodes
The Kerfeld lab, in collaboration with the Naval Research Lab, has engineered a bacterial shell protein to incorporate copper for redox activity.
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Blue Diode Illustrates Limitations, Promise of Perovskite Semiconductors
Scientists at UC Berkeley have created a blue light-emitting diode (LED) from a trendy new semiconductor material, halide perovskite.
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New International Fusion Lab Will Drive Stellarator Innovation
UW-Madison physicists are embarking on a research project called the Helmholtz International Lab for Optimized Advanced Divertors in Stellarators.
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Herringbone Pattern in Plant Cell Walls Critical to Cell Growth
Study reveals that the protein CSI1 & the alternating angle of the cell wall’s layers, creating a herringbone pattern, are critical for cell growth.
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Enzymes and X-Rays: Study Reveals Hidden Acrobatics of Cellular Catalysts
A team of researchers used record-intense X-rays to capture dynamics of isocyanide hydratase that were previously only hypothesized.
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Making “Lemonade”: Chance Observation Leads to Insight on Microbial Bloom Formation
Faculty and students made a serendipitous observation, leading to a study of the formation and changes within microbial communities.
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Defect Danger Zone: For Lithium Metal, Smaller is Stronger
The formation of lithium dendrites is still a mystery, but materials engineers study the conditions that enable dendrites and how to stop them.
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Researchers Expand Microchip Capability With New 3D Inductor Technology
Technology ensures a condensed magnetic field distribution & energy storage in 3D space – all while keeping the tiny footprint needed to fit on a chip
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Old Molecule, New Tricks
Chemistry professors at UC Santa Barbara developed an electrochemical method for extracting uranium and, potentially, other metal ions from solution.
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