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Ada Sedova: Building a Supercomputing Platform for Biological Discovery
Sedova is creating computational tools for molecular modeling on the Summit supercomputer to understand how microbes interact with drug molecules.
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Looping X-Rays to Produce Higher Quality Laser Pulses
A proposed device could expand the reach of X-ray lasers, opening new experimental avenues in biology, chemistry, materials science and physics.
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'Rooting' for Brachypodium Genes
Plant scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory identify specific molecular elements that regulate root development.
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Precise Measurement of Pions Confirms Understanding of Fundamental Symmetry
A result 20 years in the making: Most precise measurement yet of the neutral pion confirms predictions of a fundamental symmetry.
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Iron Chemistry Yields Surprisingly Effective Catalyst
New technique galvanizes iron-based nanoparticles to create an exceptional catalyst.
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Mathematical Noodling Leads to New Insights Into an Old Fusion Problem
The new insights suggest an exciting new research direction toward keeping more heat within the plasma, countering the sawtooth instability.
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Computing Collaboration Reveals Global Ripple Effect of Shifting Monsoons
Scientists have produced the most elaborate set of projections to date that illustrates possible futures for major monsoon regions.
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Finding the Missing Step of an Important Molecular Process
The multidiscipline, multi-institutional work on lysine catabolism may lead to practical applications for engineering sustainable chemical products.
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Dance, Electron, Dance: Scientists Use Light to Choreograph Electronic Motion in 2D Materials
Study led by Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley could advance understanding of electron interactions for quantum devices.
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Analyzing Matter’s Building Blocks
JSA/Jefferson Lab’s Nathan Isgur Fellow in Nuclear Theory, Nobuo Sato, is developing a “FemtoAnalyzer” with a new grant from DOE.
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University and Stakeholder News

Scientists Gain Detailed Images of How a Protein that Calms Brain Activity Works
Findings provide a clear path to uncovering new drugs to control addiction, pain and neurological disorders such as epilepsy and muscle spasticity.
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Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe by Seeing the Invisible
Michael Troxel, the cosmology analysis coordinator in the international collaboration-Dark Energy Survey, specializes in gravitational lensing.
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Thinking Small: New Ideas in the Search for Dark Matter
Physicists at Caltech propose a new table-top experiment for detecting dark matter.
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Deep Look Inside the Tsetse Fly
High-energy X-rays reveal the modifications necessary for the fly to consume large blood meals and brood a single larva nearly as big as itself.
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UO-led Study Finds Warming Peat May Boost Greenhouse Gases
Results from the study were drawn from four years of data collected in 2015-18 as part of long-term research being done by multiple institutions.
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UC Riverside Engineers are Using Supercomputers to Investigate Rapid, CRISPR-Based COVID-19 Tests
The Palermo Lab will study the interactions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus’s genetic material with the proteins behind the CRISPR gene-editing system.
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MSU Researchers Team with Multi-Institutional Colleagues in $3.7M Project to Advance Nuclear Physics Experiments
The multi-institutional effort will develop software to create more accurate models of scientific phenomena.
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Newly Observed Phenomenon Could Lead to New Quantum Devices
Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.
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Accelerating Biological Systems Design for Sustainable Biomanufacturing
A new cell-free platform rapidly identifies optimal enzymes for sustainable fuels and materials.
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Excitons Form Superfluid in Certain 2D Combos
Rice University researchers find ‘paradox’ in ground-state bilayers.
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