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Students Nationwide to Compete in 30th Department of Energy National Science Bowl®
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Researchers Identify New Culprit for Minamata Mercury Poisoning Tragedy
The 1950s and ‘60s poisoning event was long attributed to methylmercury, but studies at SLAC suggest a different compound was to blame.
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Particle Beam Could Help Map Earth's Magnetic Field to Understand How Space Weather Impacts the Planet
Researchers found that beams of fast-moving particles launched toward Earth from a satellite could help map the precise shape of a magnetic field.
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ORNL Project Demonstrates Viability of ‘Smart’ Traffic Cameras to Save Fuel
Simulations, AI enable GRIDSMART cameras to time traffic lights to MPG estimates.
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Defects in Magnetic Nanoparticles May Improve Cancer Treatment
X-ray studies reveal atomic-level distortions that enhance generation of heat for killing tumor cells or improving response to chemotherapy/radiation.
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Protecting Essential Connections in a Tangled Web
First-of-its-kind network analysis on a supercomputer can speed real-time applications for cybersecurity, transportation & infectious disease tracking
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Argonne and UChicago Scientists Take Important Step in Developing National Quantum Internet
Real-world experiment in Chicago suburbs achieves quantum entanglement across 52-mile fiber network.
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KSTAR Joins an Exclusive Club: Tandem Shattered Pellet Injectors Now in Testing for Disruption Mitigation
First-of-a-kind experiments have begun at the KSTAR tokamak where two new shattered pellet injectors were installed in October & December.
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LBNF/DUNE Pre-Excavation Work Continues Above and Below Ground
Construction is underway to ready the Sanford Underground Research Facility for its role as the far site of Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility
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SRTE Support Enables Nuclear Physics Experiments at Jefferson Lab
The Savannah River Tritium Enterprise is the collective term for the facilities, people, expertise and activities at Savanna River related to tritium.
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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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University and Stakeholder News

Lost in Translation: Organic Matter Cuts Plant-Microbe Links
Adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields may muddle the beneficial underground communication between legume plants and microorganisms.
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Roane State Graduate Doing Climate Change Research at Oak Ridge National Lab
Rachel Andrews is researching climate change and the microorganisms that contribute to it.
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Nathan Howard Wins Nuclear Fusion Award
MIT research scientist Nathan Howard used data from MIT's Alcator C-Mod tokamak as the basis for an award-winning paper.
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Fusion's Hot Moment
Experts discuss the new momentum in fusion research, the development of a private fusion industry, and the path to commercial reactors.
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Contradicting Prevalent View, UCI Oceanographers Predict Increase in Phytoplankton
A new study finds that ocean phytoplankton populations will grow even as the future is expected to bring warmer tropical waters.
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Detection of Very High Frequency Magnetic Resonance Could Revolutionize Electronics
UC Riverside-led research has applications in ultrafast and spin-based nanoscale devices.
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Hybrid Technique Aims to Produce Stronger, Corrosion-Resistant Nickel for Auto, Medical, Manufacturing Industries
Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel.
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Microbiologist Receives DOE Grant to Investigate Peatland Carbon Processes
A UT microbiologist has received a portion of a DOE grant to study how global warming could affect peatlands & their vast carbon stores in the future.
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A Better Building Block for Creating New Materials
A team of researchers describes a new approach for synthesizing organic “Legos” that can be easily connected to make new materials.
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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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