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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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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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University and Stakeholder News

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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Modifying 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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