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Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts
Scientists have designed a catalyst composed of very low concentrations of platinum on the surface of titanium dioxide.
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ORNL Scientists Tap into AI to Put a New Spin on Neutron Experiments
A team at Oak Ridge National Lab trained an artificial neural network to analyze scattering data for quantum materials discoveries.
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Argonne's Researchers and Facilities Playing a Key Role in the Fight Against COVID-19
Argonne is bringing the power of its scientific leadership and state-of-the-art user facilities to bear in the global battle against COVID-19.
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New Technique Looks for Dark Matter Traces in Dark Places
Study knocks down some theories for the origin of a mysterious light signature that has puzzled physicists for years.
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An Arctic Sea Ice Surprise
Researchers find that more cracks in the ice lead to fewer—not more—low clouds.
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Looking Up From the Mountaintop: Q&A With a Telescope Instrument’s Lead Observer
Satya Gontcho A Gontcho sets her sights on millions of galaxies and quasars that will be mapped in 3D by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument.
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Quantum Effect Triggers Unusual Material Expansion
Findings open new avenues for designing alloys for aviation and other applications.
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Solving the Mysteries of a Trojan-Horse Mosquito Toxin
An LCLS imaging technique reveals how a mosquito-borne bacterium deploys a toxin to kill mosquito larvae.
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Defense Against Coronavirus Starts With Prevention
PNNL scientists are on the front lines fighting against biological threats through early detection, diagnosis, and prevention strategies.
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SLAC Researcher Discover Giant Cavity in Key Tuberculosis Molecule
The giant cavity, in a protein that transports nutrients across the cell membrane, is unlike anything researchers have seen before.
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Model Simulator Helps Researchers Map Complex Physics Phenomena
A Cornell-led collaboration has successfully created a simulator using ultrathin monolayers that overlap to make a moiré pattern.
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Research Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images
New calculations predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme gravitational light bending.
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Bacterial Enzyme Could Become a New Target for Antibiotics
Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen.
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Radiation Damage Spreads Among Close Neighbors
A new report shows a single x-ray can unravel an enormous molecule.
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University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Collaborate On Cancer Drug Discovery and Development R...
Researchers at UTHSC and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will conduct collaborative research with the goal of developing better cancer treatments.
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Earth’s Mantle, Not Its Core, May Have Generated Planet’s Early Magnetic Field
New research lends credence to an unorthodox retelling of the story of early Earth first proposed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Dancing Electrons Solve a Longstanding Puzzle in the Oldest Magnetic Material
Physicists use extreme infrared laser pulses to reveal frozen electron waves in magnetite.
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New Minor Planets Beyond Neptune
Using data from the Dark Energy Survey, researchers have found more than 300 trans-Neptunian objects.
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A Possible End to "Forever' Chemicals
Engineers at UC Riverside have now shown in modeling experiments that using excess electrons shatters the carbon-fluorine bond of PFAS in water.
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Caltech & JPL Launch Hybrid High Rate Quantum Communication Systems
The first step is to deploy, commission and demonstrate a practical, high rate high-fidelity quantum communication system over fiber and free space.
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