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Particle Physics Turns to Quantum Computing for Solutions to Tomorrow’s Big-Data Problems
Berkeley Lab researchers are testing several techniques and technologies to be ready for the incoming deluge of particle data.
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Theoretical Study Points to Jade-Like Materials as Quantum Spin Liquids
This state of matter in which magnetism never freezes could give rise to high-temperature superconductivity & form the basis for quantum computing.
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Quantum Experiments Explore Power of Light for Communications and Computing
Researchers are gaining a better understanding of quantum mechanics and pursue advances in quantum networking and quantum computing.
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A New Spin on the Basics
Quantum computers offer another look at classic physics concepts.
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For the Arctic, an Epic Investigation
Embedded in sea ice for a year, a shipborne observatory will take a rare look at conditions in the rapidly evolving central Arctic.
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Improving Particle Accelerators with Machine Learning
A new project aims to use machine learning to improve up-time of particle accelerators.
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USCMS Collaboration Gets Green Light on Upgrades to CMS Particle Detector
The new detector will exhibit improved sensitivity, with over 2 billion sensor channels — up from 80 million.
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Argonne Delivers Expertise and Access to Medical Isotopes
Argonne has recently become a source of therapeutic radioisotopes for the medical community, enabling novel treatments.
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Here, There and Everywhere: Large and Giant Viruses Abound Globally
A Joint Genome Institute-led team significantly expands the global diversity of large and giant viruses.
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New Model Helps Pave the Way to Bringing Clean Fusion Energy Down to Earth
Scientists have modeled a key source of the turbulence found in a fusion experiment at DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
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University and Stakeholder News

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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Defect Danger Zone: For Lithium Metal, Smaller is Stronger
The formation of lithium dendrites is still a mystery, but materials engineers study the conditions that enable dendrites and how to stop them.
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Researchers Expand Microchip Capability With New 3D Inductor Technology
Technology ensures a condensed magnetic field distribution & energy storage in 3D space – all while keeping the tiny footprint needed to fit on a chip
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Old Molecule, New Tricks
Chemistry professors at UC Santa Barbara developed an electrochemical method for extracting uranium and, potentially, other metal ions from solution.
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New Electrode Design May Lead to More Powerful Batteries
An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.
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Researchers Reverse Engineer Interaction Dynamics of Microbial Communities
Research shows dynamics of microbial communities can be explained & even predicted by examining the variability trait of microbial social interactions
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Insect bites + Warmer Climate = Double Trouble for Plants
A new study shows that infested tomato plants, in their efforts to fight off caterpillars, don’t adapt well to rising temperatures.
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