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Forces of Attraction
Weak forces are strong enough to align semiconductor nanoparticles; new understanding may help make more useful materials.
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New Twist in Artificial Intelligence Could Enhance the Prediction of Fusion Disruptions
Researchers have used Artificial Intelligence to create an innovative technique to improve the prediction of disruptions in fusion energy devices.
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Scientists Use Neutrons to Try to Develop Better, Less Costly Dental Restorations
Neutron scattering at ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor was used to study the effectiveness of dental implants.
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Scientists Discover New Clue Behind Age-Related Diseases and Food Spoilage
Exotic molecule linked to ozone also at work in chronic diseases and cancers, and even the decomposition of food.
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Seeing Starch: Novel Technique Enables Gentle Observation of Biofuel Materials
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab have developed a new method to peer deep into the nanostructure of biomaterials without damaging the sample.
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Stunning Images Capture Cosmic Ray Tracks
The beauty in science shines through at RHIC's STAR detector and makes a cosmic connection.
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Machine Learning for Better Drug Design
Team at Weill Cornell Medical College harnesses the power of the world’s smartest supercomputer to unlock complex drug mechanisms.
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Radio Waves Detect Particle Showers in a Block of Plastic
A cheap technique could detect neutrinos in polar ice, eventually allowing researchers to expand the energy reach of IceCube without breaking the bank
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Design of the W7-X Fusion Device Enables it to Overcome Obstacles, Scientists Find
Scientists have demonstrated a key step in overcoming stellarators’ limited ability to maintain the necessary heat and plasma performance.
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Researchers Identify New Culprit for Minamata Mercury Poisoning Tragedy
The 1950s and ‘60s poisoning event was long attributed to methylmercury, but studies at SLAC suggest a different compound was to blame.
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University and Stakeholder News

New Findings Could Lead to More Efficient Batteries
Chemists have made a new finding about battery performance that points to a different strategy for optimizing cathode materials.
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Takeout Noodles Inspire UChicago Scientists to Invent Remarkable Synthetic Tissue
Breakthrough creates tough material able to stretch, heal and defend itself.
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Scientists Solve Structure Enabling Cyanobacteria to Thrive in Low Light
Scientists have determined the structure of the protein complex that gives cyanobacteria their unique ability to filtered sunlight into usable energy.
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Researchers Turbocharge Hydrogen Fuel Cells With Novel Ion-Conducting Copolymer
New research details remarkable new ion-conducting copolymer that could vastly improve oxygen delivery in hydrogen fuel cells.
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Exotic New Topological State Discovered in Dirac Semimetals
A team of scientists have discovered an exotic new form of topological state in a large class of 3D semi-metallic crystals called Dirac semimetals.
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First-of-its-Kind Study Examines Toll of Nuclear War on World’s Oceans
A new study explores a previously unknown link: How a clash between modern nuclear powers might shift the chemistry of the world’s seas.
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Accelerating Chemical Reactions Without Direct Contact With a Catalyst
A Northwestern U research team has revealed a new approach to conducting chemical reactions — one that doesn’t require direct contact with a catalyst.
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Nanospirals That Form as Molten Metals Solidify Could be Key to New Materials—and Even Invisibility
New research has revealed an intricate and beautiful universe of nanoscale rods, sheets and spirals that form spontaneously in cooling metal alloys.
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Ultra-High Energy Events Key to Study of Ghost Particles
Physicists have proposed a way to use data from ultra-high energy neutrinos to study interactions beyond the standard model of particle physics.
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Lost in Translation: Organic Matter Cuts Plant-Microbe Links
Adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields may muddle the beneficial underground communication between legume plants and microorganisms.
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