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Tune in to Tetrahedral Superstructures

Shape affects how the particles fit together and, in turn, the resulting material. For the first time, a team observed the self-assembly of nanoparticles with tetrahedral shapes.
17-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Tracing Interstellar Dust Back to the Solar System’s Formation

This study is the first to confirm dust particles pre-dating the formation of our solar system. Further study of these materials will enable a deeper understanding of the processes that formed and have since altered them.
16-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Investigating Materials that Can Go the Distance in Fusion Reactors

Future fusion reactors will require materials that can withstand extreme operating conditions, including being bombarded by high-energy neutrons at high temperatures. Scientists recently irradiated titanium diboride (TiB2) in the High Flux Isotope...
15-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Department of Energy Announces Private-Public Awards to Advance Fusion Energy Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for 12 projects with private industry to enable collaboration with DOE national laboratories on overcoming challenges in fusion energy development. The awards are the first provided through...
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Better 3-D Imaging of Tumors in the Breast with Less Radiation

In breast cancer screening, an imaging technique based on nuclear medicine is currently being used as a successful secondary screening tool alongside mammography to improve the accuracy of the diagnosis. Now, a team is hoping to improve this imaging...
14-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Microbes are Metabolic Specialists

Scientists can use genetic information to measure if microbes in the environment can perform specific ecological roles. Researchers recently analyzed the genomes of over 6,000 microbial species.
11-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Even Hard Materials Have Soft Spots

The Achilles Heel of “metallic glasses” is that while they are strong materials—even stronger than conventional steels—they are also very brittle. The initial failures tend to be localized and catastrophic. This is due to their random...
10-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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2-D Atoms Do the Twist

In the study, scientists demonstrated, for the first time, an intrinsically rotating form of motion for the atoms in a crystal. The observations were on collective excitations of a single molecular layer of tungsten diselenide. Whether the rotation...
9-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Charging Up the Development of Lithium-Ion Batteries

On October 9, the Nobel committee recognized work in developing lithium-ion batteries. These batteries have enabled a huge number of advances, including mobile phones and plug-in electric vehicles. The DOE Office of Science is proud to have...
16-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT

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The Technological Heavyweight You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: ESnet

Since that first computer more than 30 years ago, ESnet has expanded to connect more than 40 major research institutions at speeds 15,000 times faster than a home network. From acting as an early adopter of protocols that now run the internet to...
1-Oct-2019 10:05 PM EDT

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Michelle Strout

Michelle Mills Strout is a professor and the acting department head in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona, formerly an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department of Colorado State University.
1-Oct-2019 9:05 PM EDT

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Matthew Schwartz

Matthew D. Schwartz is a professor in the Department of Physics at Harvard University.
1-Oct-2019 8:05 PM EDT

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Vlad Soukhanovskii

Vsevolod A. Soukhanovskii is a group leader at the Fusion Energy Sciences Program at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He and his research group are stationed on a long-term assignment focusing on edge plasma...
1-Oct-2019 7:05 PM EDT

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Meet the Director: Mike Dunne

This is part of a continuing profile series on the directors of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facilities.
1-Oct-2019 4:05 PM EDT

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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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