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    Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab

    Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab

    This edition of Science Snapshots highlights the discovery of an investigational cancer drug that targets tumors caused by mutations in the KRAS gene, the development of a new library of artificial proteins that could accelerate the design of new materials, and new insight into the natural toughening mechanism behind adult tooth enamel.

    Advancing information processing with exceptional points and surfaces

    Advancing information processing with exceptional points and surfaces

    Researchers have for the first time detected an exceptional surface based on measurements of exceptional points. These points are modes that exhibit phenomenon with possible practical applications in information processing.

    Playing the angles with dramatic effect

    Playing the angles with dramatic effect

    Researchers report the most complete model to date concerning the transition from metal to insulator in correlated oxides. These oxides have fascinated scientists because of their many attractive electronic and magnetic properties.

    Scientists discover how proteins form crystals that tile a microbe's shell

    Scientists discover how proteins form crystals that tile a microbe's shell

    Many microbes wear beautifully patterned crystalline shells. Now scientists have zoomed in on the very first step in microbial shell-building: nucleation, where squiggly proteins crystallize into sturdy building blocks. The results help explain how the shells assemble themselves so quickly.

    Neutrons optimize high efficiency catalyst for greener approach to biofuel synthesis

    Neutrons optimize high efficiency catalyst for greener approach to biofuel synthesis

    Researchers led by the University of Manchester used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the development of a catalyst that converts biomass into liquid fuel with remarkably high efficiency and provides new possibilities for manufacturing renewable energy-related materials.

    Batten down the hatches: Preventing heat leaks to help create a star on Earth

    Batten down the hatches: Preventing heat leaks to help create a star on Earth

    PPPL physicists have identified a method by which instabilities can be tamed and heat can be prevented from leaking from fusion plasma, giving scientists a better grasp on how to optimize conditions for fusion in devices known as tokamaks.

    Quenching Water Scarcity with a Good Pore

    Quenching Water Scarcity with a Good Pore

    Researchers at UC San Diego and MIT linked theory and experiment to move closer to developing materials that address global water scarcity.

    Simulations Attempt to Reconstruct One of the Most Explosive Events in the Universe: A Neutron Star Merger

    Simulations Attempt to Reconstruct One of the Most Explosive Events in the Universe: A Neutron Star Merger

    A team led by scientists that included Berkeley Lab researchers has simulated the formation of a disc of matter, a giant burst of ejected matter, and the startup of energetic jets in the aftermath of a merger by two neutron stars.

    Tiny Quantum Sensors Watch Materials Transform Under Pressure

    Tiny Quantum Sensors Watch Materials Transform Under Pressure

    Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed a diamond anvil sensor that could lead to a new generation of smart, designer materials, as well as the synthesis of new chemical compounds, atomically fine-tuned by pressure.

    Scientists harvest energy from light using bio-inspired artificial cells

    Scientists harvest energy from light using bio-inspired artificial cells

    By replicating biological machinery with non-biological components, scientists have created artificial cells that convert light into chemical energy.

    Argonne's debt to 2019 Nobel Prize for lithium-ion battery

    Argonne's debt to 2019 Nobel Prize for lithium-ion battery

    A roar of approval rang out at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory upon the announcement in October that John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino had won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. On December 10th in Stockholm, they received this highly coveted prize for their major contributions to the invention of the lithium-ion battery, which is a long-standing major focus of research at Argonne.

    Battery collaboration meeting discusses new pathways to recycle lithium-ion batteries

    Battery collaboration meeting discusses new pathways to recycle lithium-ion batteries

    At a conference held by the ReCell Center, an advanced battery recycling collaboration based at Argonne, representatives from industry, government, and academia discussed innovative approaches for lithium-ion battery recycling.

    New Function for Plant Enzyme Could Lead to Green Chemistry

    New Function for Plant Enzyme Could Lead to Green Chemistry

    Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could inspire the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates, one of the cornerstone chemical reactions needed to synthesize a wide array of organic molecules, including those found in lubricants, cosmetics, and those used as raw materials for making plastics.

    Freeze Frame: Scientists Capture Atomic-Scale Snapshots of Artificial Proteins

    Freeze Frame: Scientists Capture Atomic-Scale Snapshots of Artificial Proteins

    Scientists at Berkeley Lab are the first to use cryo-EM (cryogenic electron microscopy), a Nobel Prize-winning technique originally designed to image proteins in solution, to image atomic changes in a synthetic soft material.

    Argonne Collaboration Shows Benefits of Better Corn Residue Management Strategies

    Argonne Collaboration Shows Benefits of Better Corn Residue Management Strategies

    Sustainable corn stover removal can maintain soil carbon stock, according a new Argonne-led study.

    Study Sheds Light on the Really Peculiar 'Normal' Phase of High-Temperature Superconductors

    Study Sheds Light on the Really Peculiar 'Normal' Phase of High-Temperature Superconductors

    Experiments at SLAC and Stanford probe the normal state more accurately than ever before and discover an abrupt shift in the behavior of electrons in which they suddenly give up their individuality and behave like an electron soup.

    Scientists devise catalyst that uses light to turn carbon dioxide to fuel

    Scientists devise catalyst that uses light to turn carbon dioxide to fuel

    In a recent study from Argonne, scientists have used sunlight and a catalyst largely made of copper to transform carbon dioxide to methanol.

    SLAC scientists invent a way to see attosecond electron motions with an X-ray laser

    SLAC scientists invent a way to see attosecond electron motions with an X-ray laser

    Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a way to observe the movements of electrons with powerful X-ray laser bursts just 280 attoseconds, or billionths of a billionth of a second, long.

    Bank on it: Gains in one type of force produced by fusion disruptions are offset by losses in another

    Bank on it: Gains in one type of force produced by fusion disruptions are offset by losses in another

    Simulations show that halo currents can serve as a proxy for the total force produced by vertical disruptions.

    Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2019

    Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2019

    An additively manufactured polymer layer applied to specialized plastic proved effective to protect aircraft from lightning strikes in lab test; injecting shattered argon pellets into a super-hot plasma, when needed, could protect a fusion reactor's interior wall from runaway electrons; ORNL will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Liane Russell on December 20.

    Scientists find new way to identify, manipulate topological metals for spintronics

    Scientists find new way to identify, manipulate topological metals for spintronics

    A recent study gives researchers an easier way of finding Weyl semimetals and manipulating them for potential spintronic devices.

    Big trucks, little emissions

    Big trucks, little emissions

    Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Building a better battery with machine learning

    Building a better battery with machine learning

    In two new papers, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have turned to the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence to dramatically accelerate battery discovery.

    Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research

    Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research

    Fusion power researchers at TAE Technologies employ Argonne supercomputers to develop magnetic fusion plasma confinement devices as a means to generate unlimited electricity.