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Students Nationwide to Compete in 30th Department of Energy National Science Bowl®
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Machine Learning for Better Drug Design
Team at Weill Cornell Medical College harnesses the power of the world’s smartest supercomputer to unlock complex drug mechanisms.
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Radio Waves Detect Particle Showers in a Block of Plastic
A cheap technique could detect neutrinos in polar ice, eventually allowing researchers to expand the energy reach of IceCube without breaking the bank
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Design of the W7-X Fusion Device Enables it to Overcome Obstacles, Scientists Find
Scientists have demonstrated a key step in overcoming stellarators’ limited ability to maintain the necessary heat and plasma performance.
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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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University and Stakeholder News

Accelerating Chemical Reactions Without Direct Contact With a Catalyst
A Northwestern U research team has revealed a new approach to conducting chemical reactions — one that doesn’t require direct contact with a catalyst.
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Nanospirals That Form as Molten Metals Solidify Could be Key to New Materials—and Even Invisibility
New research has revealed an intricate and beautiful universe of nanoscale rods, sheets and spirals that form spontaneously in cooling metal alloys.
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Ultra-High Energy Events Key to Study of Ghost Particles
Physicists have proposed a way to use data from ultra-high energy neutrinos to study interactions beyond the standard model of particle physics.
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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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