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Fusion's Path to Practicality

The Department of Energy has fueled TAE Technologies' quest for commercially viable nuclear fusion energy with awards of computer time through the INCITE program
16-Jul-2019 6:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Coffee, Collaboration, and Catalysts

This article is part of a series that explores how scientific teams come together in the Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Centers to solve intractable problems.
16-Jul-2019 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Meet the User Facility Team: Berndt Mueller and Rosi Reed, RHIC

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory produces quark-gluon plasma, the substance created right after the Big Bang. Scientists and lab staff, led by Berndt Mueller and Rosi Reed, collaborate to develop an...
10-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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A Search for New Superheavy Isotopes

If you chart the stability of atomic cores (nuclei), the trend is that adding more protons and neutrons makes the atom less stable. However, there’s an island of stability that bucks this trend. If scientists can provide an easier way of...
3-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Improved Fuel Cell Catalysts with Less Platinum

Scientists have identified highly active yet stable catalysts for use in fuel cells that contain only a quarter of the platinum as compared to existing devices. Platinum is essential for promoting reactions in these fuel cells. However, the precious...
2-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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New Insights into a Long-Standing Debate About Materials that Turn Motion into Electricity

For decades, scientists have been intrigued by a class of electronic materials called relaxor ferroelectrics. These lead-based materials can convert mechanical energy to electrical energy and vice versa. The underlying mechanism for this behavior...
1-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Super-stretchy, Self-healing, Tunable Polymers

Discovery of novel polymers with extreme stretching, vibration suppression, and self-healing.
28-Jun-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Beyond the “Sound Barrier” to Get the Heat Out

To create materials that handle heat well, scientists are exploring how vibrations within the atomic structure carry heat. Atomic vibrations used to remove heat usually are limited by the speed of sound. A new observation may have shattered that...
28-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Some Bacteria Make a Big Difference in Dryland Wheat Farming

Even a single species of bacteria can positively affect soils and plants, improving and even enabling agriculture in semi-arid areas.
21-Mar-2019 2:55 PM EDT

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Lighting the Way to Removing Radioactive Elements

An unassuming pulse of light illuminates a possible way to separate a troubling element, americium, from a soup of similar elements. The diverse team at the Center for Actinide Science & Technology Energy Frontier Research Center is finding fast,...
20-Mar-2019 3:05 PM EDT

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Meet the Director: Jim Mather, ARM User Facility

As the director of the ARM user facility, Mather and his facility make it possible to gather never-before-seen atmospheric data at sites around the world.
19-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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