The Power of One: Single Crystals Provide Clarity

When it comes to creating new materials, single crystals play an important role in presenting a clearer picture of a material's intrinsic properties. A typical material will be comprised of lots of smaller crystals and the grain boundaries between these crystals can act as impediments, affecting properties such as electrical or thermal resistance.

From the Room Next Door to the Next Planet Over

The new Albert Chadwick Research Room inside the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is no ordinary laboratory space. In fact, there's nothing else quite like it anywhere else in the United States, and whether it's treating patients with cancer or helping NASA with its plans to send astronauts to Mars, the discoveries that could propel scientists forward will happen right here.

Two Brookhaven Lab Physicists Named 2016 American Physical Society Fellows

Michiko Minty heads the group of physicists, engineers, and technicians at Brookhaven Lab responsible for designing, installing, operating, and maintaining equipment that monitors charged particle beams zipping around Brookhaven's accelerators, including RHIC, at nearly the speed of light.

Brookhaven Scientists Named Innovators of the Year

Evgeny Nazaretski and Yong Chu, physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Lab, have been recognized by Innovate Long Island as Innovators of the Year for leading the development of the multilayer Laue lens microscope.

Brookhaven Lab's Bjoern Schenke Receives Zimanyi Medal

Bjoern Schenke, a theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been awarded the 2017 Zimanyi Medal in Nuclear Theory.

Secrets to Scientific Success: Planning and Coordination

Very often there are people behind the scenes of scientific advances, quietly organizing the project's logistics. New facilities and big collaborations require people to create schedules, manage resources, and communicate among teams. Brookhaven National Laboratory is lucky to have Xiaofeng Guo in its ranks.

Hans Dehmelt -- Nobel Laureate and University of Washington Professor Emeritus -- Has Died at Age 94

Hans Georg Dehmelt, Nobel physics laureate and professor emeritus at the University of Washington, died in Seattle on March 7, 2017 at age 94. Dehmelt was a celebrated scientist who developed methods to isolate atoms and subatomic particles and measure their fundamental properties with high accuracy.

The Future of Astronomy: ALMA and the Next Generation VLA - A Newswise Live Expert Panel Discussion

Two of the most iconic telescopes on Earth - the Very Large Array, or VLA as its known, and ALMA, the trailblazing Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array - are helping us understand our cosmic origins, but their stories are just beginning. New technology and future expansions will greatly enhance their abilities, revealing never-before-seen details of the cosmos. Two astronomers explain the latest discoveries and future upgrades for these powerful instruments.

Scientists Make the Case to Restore Pluto's Planet Status

Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known as a moon of Jupiter, and so is the Earth's moon, and so are more than 100 other celestial bodies in our solar system that are denied this status under the prevailing definition of "planet."

Ostrowski Receives CAREER Award to Support Groundbreaking Research in Photochemistry

BGSU photochemist Dr. Alexis Ostrowski and her lab are venturing into a whole new world of materials with properties as yet unknown, but that offer the promise of beneficial applications in health, industry, agriculture and other fields.

Modeling the "Flicker" of Gluons in Subatomic Smashups

A new model identifies a high degree of fluctuations in the glue-like particles that bind quarks within protons as essential to explaining proton structure.

Rare Nickel Atom Has "Doubly Magic" Structure

Supercomputing calculations confirm that rare nickel-78 has unusual structure, offering insights into supernovas.

Dark Matter Detection Receives 10-Ton Upgrade

In an abandoned gold mine one mile beneath Lead, South Dakota, the cosmos quiets down enough to potentially hear the faint whispers of the universe's most elusive material -- dark matter. Shielded from the deluge of cosmic rays constantly showering the Earth's surface, the mine, scientists think, will be the ideal setting for the most sensitive dark matter experiment to date.

High-Precision Calculations on Supercomputers Help Reveal the Physics of the Universe

Argonne researchers have developed a new theoretical approach, ideally suited for high-performance computing systems, capable of making predictive calculations about particle interactions that conform almost exactly to experimental data. This new approach could give scientists a valuable tool for describing new physics and particles beyond those currently identified.

Cracking the Mystery of Perfect Efficiency: Investigating Superconductors

A whole new area of research emerged from the discovery of superconductivity in 1911. Since then, scientists have learned why some materials superconduct near absolute zero and have discovered "high-temperature" superconductors. Now, researchers supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science are working to identify a common characteristic of high-temperature superconductors in hopes of one day developing one that works at room temperature.

Attention Earthlings: Help Wanted in Finding a New Planet

Data research for a Berkeley Lab-led dark energy experiment benefits citizen science project that seeks the public's help in the hunt for a hypothesized Neptune-like Planet Nine.

UVA Darden TEP Alumnus Set to Blastoff to International Space Station

Astronaut Scott Tingle credits his experience in The Executive Program with making him a more confident leader.

Help Astronomers Find Elusive Muons Disguised as Gamma Rays

A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray observatory cameras.

Automated Measurement System Enhances Quality, Reduces Handling in Pu-238 Production

Under a collaborative partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Energy, a new automated measurement system developed at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing handling by workers.

NASA's Journey to Mars Includes Pathways to Learning

A habitation system designed by Ohio State College of Engineering students could make deep space living more healthy and efficient for astronauts on the Journey to Mars. The project is part of NASA's eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge series.

The 20th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's STIS Instrument

Twenty years ago, astronauts on the Hubble telescope's second servicing mission installed the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) aboard Hubble. This pioneering instrument combines a camera with a spectrograph, which provides a "fingerprint" of a celestial object's temperature, chemical composition, density, and motion. STIS also reveals changes in the evolving universe and leads the way in the field of high-contrast imaging.

Preserving Vision for Astronauts

As NASA prepares for its journey to Mars, one UAB researcher is investigating why so many astronauts suffer from poorer vision after they return to Earth.

A Road Trip to Test a Magnetic Cloak at Argonne National Laboratory

In December, five students from Stony Brook University in New York and their research professor loaded a prototype of a magnetic cloak into an SUV and set off for Argonne National Laboratory, nearly 900 miles away.

Upcoming Webcast Takes a Close Look at NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

In a live webcast March 1, astrophysicist Amber Straughn will discuss the development and construction of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, and the important scientific questions it will help answer.

Geneseo Planetary Geologist Involved in Determining Next Mars Rover Landing Site

Nicholas Warner, assistant professor of geology, was among planetary geologists recently presenting evidence to NASA scientists on the best Mars landing sites for the next rover mission, scheduled to launch in 2020.