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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

Charging Up the Development of Lithium-Ion Batteries
The Office of Science is proud to have supported work by two of the latest Nobel laureates in chemistry.
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The Hidden Architecture of Energy Storage
Working together, the NEES team has made notable discoveries about nanoscale electrochemistry and architectural design of energy storage materials.
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Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure
A research team led by the University of California San Diego has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail.
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Fossils and Folios
How the same technique helped reveal both a 6th century medical text and an ancient bird feather’s pigment.
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Science Headlines

InnovationXLab Summit Brings Industry, National Laboratories Together Around Artificial Intelligence
Summit kicks off the conversation between laboratories, companies about how AI can transform society.
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Two Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named DOE Office of Science Distinguished Fellows
Sally Dawson and Jose Rodriguez will each receive $1 million in funding over 3 years to pursue new research objectives within their respective fields.
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Bob Ellis: New Chief Engineer Has Designed Components for Fusion Experiments Around the World
Ellis has spent almost four decades designing and overseeing construction of components of some of the world’s biggest fusion experiments.
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Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Harmful Dendrites and Whiskers in Lithium Batteries
Team modifies electrolyte chemistry to prevent the piercing structures.
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UEC Profile: Aerosol Hunter
A veteran scientist investigates how to better explain, detect, and measure the carbonaceous aerosols that influence atmospheric processes.
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Shaping Nanoparticles for Improved Quantum Information Technology
Breaking of rotational symmetry in ring-shaped nanoparticle leads to surprising quantum property when illuminated with laser.
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New Princeton Supercomputer Advances Fusion Research at PPPL
Princeton’s new supercomputer, Traverse, will enhance research to develop the science to bring to Earth the fusion that powers the sun & stars.
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Nobel Winners’ Ongoing Research Benefits from ORNL Neutron Science
Goodenough and Whittingham made even more discoveries using neutron scattering at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source.
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New Electrolyte Stops Rapid Performance Decline of Next-generation Lithium Battery
Researchers have developed a new electrolyte mixture and a simple additive that could have a place in the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.
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Catching a Battery in the Act
Lithium-ion battery operation revealed in real time by scientists at the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage.
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University Research News

UCI Scientists Project Northward Expansion of Valley Fever By End of 21st Century
October 17, 2019
Climate change expected to accelerate spread of sometimes-fatal fungal infection.
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KATRIN Cuts the Mass Estimate for the Elusive Neutrino in Half
October 17, 2019
An international team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in its quest to measure the mass of the neutrino.
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Team Discovers Polymorph Selection During Crystal Growth Can Be Thermodynamically Driven
October 17, 2019
Lehigh University scientists show that kinetic effects may be unable to fully explain the appearance of structural transformations.
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Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride, Produce Electricity from Heat
October 16, 2019
A team of researchers have observed that local thermal perturbations of spins in a solid can convert heat to energy even in a paramagnetic material.
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University of Oregon Microscope Points to More Efficient Solar Fuels Devices
October 16, 2019
A fundamental discovery is pointing toward a new design strategy for devices that can produce hydrogen from sunlight.
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Princeton Researchers Explore How a Carbon-fixing Organelle Forms Via Phase Separation
October 16, 2019
A new study lead by Princeton researchers enhances our understanding of an essential component of the global carbon cycle.
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Researchers Seek to Revolutionize Catalyst Design with Machine Learning
October 15, 2019
Researchers have received a $1.2 million grant from DOE to use machine learning to design more effective catalysts for chemical processing.
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Stanford Physicists Funded to Pursue ‘Tabletop’ Physics Experiments
October 15, 2019
Stanford theorists are exploring the use of smaller, more precise “tabletop” experiments to investigate fundamental questions in physics.
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Finding (Microbial) Pillars of the Bioenergy Community
October 15, 2019
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists at MSU are studying the phyllosphere, the plant regions above the soil where microbes live.
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Binghamton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
October 11, 2019
M. Stanley Whittingham won the prize for pioneering research leading to the development of the lithium-ion battery.
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