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SLAC Researchers Join Effort to Make Plastic More Recyclable
Researchers will study plastics and biologically-motivated processes that break them down in hopes of finding more efficient ways to “upcycle” them.
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A Major Milestone for an Underground Dark Matter Search Experiment
LUX-ZEPLIN crews overcome COVID-19 obstacles to reach a major milestone en route to startup.
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Exploring the Source of Stars and Planets in a Laboratory
A new method for an explanation of the formation of stars and planets comes from the Princeton Magnetorotational Instability experiment.
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IBM Investigates Microelectronics at NSLS-II
IBM researchers used the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe at NSLS-II to visualize strain in a new architecture for next-generation microelectronics.
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Solid-State Technology for Big Data in Particle Physics
Physicists are experimenting with the use of NVMe, or nonvolatile memory express technology, to determine the best way to access stored files.
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On-Surface Synthesis of Graphene Nanoribbons Could Advance Quantum Devices
Researchers developed a “bottom-up” approach — building the graphene nanoribbon directly at the atomic level for specific applications.
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DIII-D Scientists to Work with PPPL to Find a Path to Sustained Fusion Energy
The scientists will perform research on physics and instrumentation with the NSTX-U facility’s staff to restart operations late next year.
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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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University and Stakeholder News

Dartmouth Engineers Combine Materials Science Expertise to Develop Concentrated Solar Power System
Engineers at Dartmouth have received a grant from DOE to develop a new high-temperature tubing material for a concentrated solar power system.
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Possible Sign of Neutron Star Found in Supernova 1987A
Scientists provide new insight for the argument that a neutron star is hiding deep inside the remains of the exploded star.
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Unequal Neutron-Star Mergers Create Unique "Bang" in Simulations
A research team found that when the masses of the two colliding neutron stars are different enough, the larger companion tears the smaller apart.
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DOE Awards Biofuel Research Team Including Carnegie Plant Biologists
Sue Rhee and Moises Exposito-Alonso are identifying genes related to stress tolerance in the mustard plant field pennycress.
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Can a Quantum Strategy Help Bring Down the House?
MIT study finds quantum entanglement could, in principle, give a slight advantage in the game of blackjack.
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UNC-CH Chemistry Announces New Center CHASE, Focus on Solar Energy
CHASE researchers will use advanced spectroscopic techniques to investigate the conversion of sunlight to storable liquid fuels.
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Biofuels Project Led by John Sedbrook Awarded $13 Million from DOE
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $13 million grant to a nationwide project led by Illinois State University.
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Scientists Explore Signals for a Quantum Universe
Their approach to find a signal for the quantum origin of structure set out to show how a test of quantum mechanics in the universe could work.
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No Need to Mind the Gap
Astrophysicists fill in 11 billion years of our universe's expansion history.
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Water Availability Has Changed, and Humans Are to Blame
Study demonstrates that human-induced climate change has influenced water availability on land in the driest months of the year, over the last century
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