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The Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA) has several vehicles to update the public on the latest scientific outcomes of projects funded with support from the Office of Science. Each year, we post more than 2000 research news items as well as an equivalent number of Twitter messages. Our most recent items are featured on our home page. Here you will find searchable archives for Featured Articles, Science Headlines, Science Highlights, and University Research News. You may also search all these datasets simultaneously in our master news archive.

Featured Articles

Comet Inspires Chemistry for Making Breathable Oxygen on Mars
Caltech scientists have demonstrated a new reaction for generating oxygen that could help humans explore the universe.
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Engineering the World’s Largest Digital Camera
Building the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope also means solving extraordinary technological challenges.
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Ten Years and Nearly a Billion Dollars: How Project Management Made a Massive X-Ray Light Source Possible
One of the biggest projects the Department of Energy’s Office of Science had ever tackled, the NSLS-II put the Office’s management skills to the test.
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In a First, Researchers Identify Reddish Coloring in an Ancient Fossil – a 3-Million-Year-Old Mouse
X-rays reveal an extinct mouse was dressed in brown to reddish fur on its back and sides and had a tiny white tummy.
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Science Headlines

UEC Profile: The Draw and Drama of Severe Storms
One modeler/observationalist long ago fell in love with storms and is making something of it now.
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Scientists Show How One Cause of Weak Enamel Unfolds on the Molecular Level
Too-tight proteins impede creation of crystalline enamel structure, which can lead to bad teeth.
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Blue Pigment from Engineered Fungi Could Help Turn the Textile Industry Green
A new platform for producing blue pigment could provide a sustainable alternative to conventional synthetic dyes.
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EMSL Welcomes Two SCGSR Awardees
EMSL will host DOE's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) awardees Sarah Yannarell and Maggie Bowman starting in September.
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Recent Breakthrough on DIII-D Enables Major Step Toward Economical Fusion Energy
“Super H Mode” experiments demonstrate record fusion performance.
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Scientists Hit Pay Dirt with New Microbial Research Technique
A better method for studying microbes in the soil will help scientists understand large-scale environmental cycles.
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A Bumper Crop of Undergraduate Students Attends Annual Plasma Workshop Kicking Off Summer Internship Programs
PPPL hosted its largest group of undergraduate students ever for the annual undergraduate plasma workshop June 10 to 14.
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Berkeley Lab Celebrates the Integrative Genomics Building
The building will be a step forward in Berkeley Lab’s vision to expand the footprint of the biological and environmental sciences on the main campus.
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Plants' Oil-Production Accelerator Also Activates the Brakes
Scientists discover seemingly paradoxical mechanism for regulating oil synthesis.
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John Crane Acquires Division of Advanced Diamond Technologies, a Company Built on Argonne Technology
The company will leverage patented ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD®) technology originally developed at Argonne.
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University Research News

Researchers Build Catalyst to Generate Electrical Energy From Ethanol
June 26, 2019
Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a highly efficient catalyst for generating electrical energy from ethanol.
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Scientists Unearth Green Treasure – Albeit Rusty – in the Soil
June 26, 2019
Cornell engineers may have found an environmental treasure trove – rusty though it may be – buried in the soil beneath farmers’ feet.
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Yield Stability Analysis Reveals Sources of Large-scale Nitrogen Loss from the US Midwest
June 26, 2019
Matching fertilizer rates to field production levels could reduce nitrogen loss with no impact on crop yield.
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Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface
June 25, 2019
A junction between an ordinary metal and a special kind of superconductor has provided a robust platform to observe Klein tunneling.
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Chasing Better Biofuels – On The World’s Most Intense Neutron Beam
June 25, 2019
NC State University’s Flora Meilleur uses the Oak Ridge National Lab neutron research facilities to collect data to study a recently discovered enzyme
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Lindsey Byrne Awarded DOE Graduate Fellowship
June 25, 2019
CIERA graduate student Lindsey Byrne received a prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF).
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Mysterious Majorana Quasiparticle is Now Closer to Being Controlled for Quantum Computing
June 24, 2019
As mysterious as the Italian scientist for which it is named, the Majorana particle is one of the most compelling quests in physics.
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Physics at the Edge
June 24, 2019
UCSB condensed matter physicists take a step closer to building a graphene-based topological insulator.
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Revealing 'Hidden' Phases of Matter Through the Power of Light
June 24, 2019
New research shows how materials can be imbued with new chemical properties using a solid phase transition method that relies on fast pulses of light.
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New Research Could Boost Efficiency of Solar Cells
June 21, 2019
Solar energy could be made more efficient in the future, thanks to new findings published by scientists from Stony Brook and Brookhaven Lab.
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