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Students Nationwide to Compete in 30th Department of Energy National Science Bowl®
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What is a Molecular Movie?
Molecular movie-making is both an art and a science; the results let us watch how nature works on the smallest scales.
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Fusion—Heating the Core
A new method uses microwaves to raise the plasma’s temperature closer to the extreme values reached in a fusion energy reactor’s exhaust system.
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Alumni from African School of Physics Come to Brookhaven Lab for Hands-on Work Experience
Nine alumni from the African School of Physics were able to travel to Brookhaven Lab to pursue projects consistent with their academic research.
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Teams of Rivals: PNNL and LAS Collaborate on Machine Learning
PNNL scientists lead hands-on analytical sciences activity for U.S. intelligence community at LAS.
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Fermilab and University of Bern Join Forces for Neutrino Physics
The University of Bern in Switzerland & DOE's Fermilab signed an agreement to collaborate on neutrino experiments to be carried out at the laboratory.
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A Community Effort to Understand Plant-Soil-Aerosol Interactions
Upcoming EMSL Integration 2019 conference reaches across disciplines.
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Supercomputing, Neutrons Unite to Unravel Structures of Intrinsically Disordered Protein
Scientists have created the most accurate 3D model yet of an intrinsically disordered protein, revealing the ensemble of its atomic-level structures.
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How Long Does Memory Last? For Shape Memory Alloys, the Longer the Better
Samples were heated inside the transmission electron microscope (TEM), so that scientists could observe the martensitic phase transition in real time.
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Following the Data Trail to Accelerated Discovery
A team of computational scientists, software engineers, and physicists is developing software that will automate research.
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DOE Scientists Take on Colossal CMIP6 Data Analysis Challenge
Scientists must deal with the vast quantities of data as they collaborate to analyze and compare simulation output from around the world.
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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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