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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

Argonne Celebrates Apollo 11 Anniversary and New Moon Rock Study
Argonne explores its early lunar research as it anticipates studies at the APS of pristine moon rocks from the final lunar landing missions.
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The Future of Particle Accelerators May be Autonomous
Scientists are working on ways to run particle accelerators with a diminishing amount of direction from humans.
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Coffee, Collaboration, and Catalysts: Three Key Ingredients to Changing Our View of Bioproducts
A collaborative team answers scientific questions that lead to producing chemicals from designer crops and agricultural wastes, not petroleum.
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Meet the User Facility Team: Berndt Mueller and Rosi Reed, RHIC
In their roles at the RHIC, Berndt Mueller and Rosi Reed help scientists research the conditions at the very beginning of the universe.
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Science Headlines

PPPL Awarded Total of $4 Million to Simplify Design and Construction of Stellarator Fusion Energy Facilities
The funding will be for the design and construction of permanent magnets to facilitate the development of fusion energy.
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Scientists Blast Iron with Powerful X-Rays, Then Watch its Electrons Rearrange
A better understanding of how this happens could help researchers hone future electronic measurements.
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Scientists Design New Framework for Clean Water
Nature-inspired material designed by Berkeley Lab removes copper from wastewater with atomic precision.
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Quantum X-ray Microscope Underway at Brookhaven Lab
Researchers at the National Synchrotron Light Source II will use the quantum properties of X-rays to "ghost image" biomolecules.
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Advanced Photon Source at the Heart of COVID-19 Research
Argonne scientists, working as part of a national consortium, have greatly increased our knowledge of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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For Plants, Endophytes Promote Phosphorus Uptake
Recent study reveals molecular evidence for how endophytes assist plant growth.
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Distinct ACM Gordon Bell Prizes Awarded to Two Teams Using the Summit Supercomputer
Separate teams running on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit are taking home the two Gordon Bell Prize awards this year.
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Contract Awarded for the Excavation of Gigantic Caverns for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment
This month, Thyssen Mining Inc. was awarded the contract to excavate the gigantic caverns for Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.
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Like a Leaf – New Ways to Capture Carbon From the Air
Argonne and SLAC researchers will explore a molecular photoreactor that captures CO₂ and converts it to fuels and useful chemicals.
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X-Ray Study Explores Potential of Hepatitis C Drugs to Treat COVID-19
Experiments show existing drugs used to treat hepatitis C may have potential to treat COVID-19 by stopping the “heart” of the virus.
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University Research News

Metal Wires of Carbon Complete Toolbox for Carbon-Based Computers
November 30, 2020
Transistors based on carbon rather than silicon could potentially boost computers’ speed and cut their power consumption more than a thousandfold.
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Researchers Identify New Type of Superconductor
November 30, 2020
Cornell researchers have discovered a possible third type of superconducting material, the g-wave.
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NU Receives $115 Million Federal Grant to Research and Develop "Beyond State-of-the-Art" Quantum Computer
November 30, 2020
DOE announces that the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center was selected as one of five national quantum information science centers.
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New Brain Cell-Like Nanodevices Work Together to Identify Mutations in Viruses
November 24, 2020
Scientists from Texas A&M U, Hewlett Packard Labs & Stanford University have described a new nanodevice that acts almost identically to a brain cell.
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OU-Led Study Expands Understanding of Ecological Factors Driving Microbial Community Assembly in Response to Warming
November 24, 2020
Researchers at OU lead a study that aims to better understand ecological community assembly mechanisms in response to climate warming.
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Scientists Invent Faster, Cheaper Strategy for Designing Infrared-Emitting Materials
November 24, 2020
New technique, developed at Northwestern University, co-crystallizes different molecules to make two-photon excited near-infrared materials.
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Mining Molecular Data with Cryo-EM Unveils Hidden Biological Secrets
November 23, 2020
Researchers at the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and Arizona State U have taken a new approach to studying molecules of life.
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UW Faculty Members Lead Research on Phase Behavior of Fluids Confined in Nanoporous Media
November 23, 2020
The phase behavior of nanoconfined pure fluids & fluid mixtures are crucial for recovery mechanisms in ultratight shale oil reservoirs.
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Caltech and UCLA Researchers Discover Effective Pathway to Convert Greenhouse Gas into Valuable Products
November 23, 2020
A research team from Caltech & UCLA's Samueli School of Engineering demonstrated a promising way to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into ethylene.
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Elected Officials, President McInnis Mark Launch of BNL Collider Project
November 20, 2020
The event was an opportunity for in-person and virtual speakers to voice their support for this one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility.
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