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Neutrons Investigate Tomatoes for Insights Into Interplant Chatter

Professors Kathryn and Jonathan Morris from Xavier University are using neutron scattering at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to observe firsthand how these info-chemicals travel along tiny, pipe-like networks called fungal hyphae. Whether the messages move passively along the outside of those fungal networks...

Red Light, Green Light: Protein Signaling Illuminated

PNNL researchers have devised a way to measure and distinguish tiny amounts of phosphorylated proteins, an approach that could be used in research to help treat diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Q&A: SLAC/Stanford Researchers Prepare for a New Quantum Revolution

Monika Schleier-Smith and Kent Irwin explain how their projects in quantum information science could help us better understand black holes and dark matter.

Focus on Nuclear Waste Chemistry Could Help Hanford Cleanup Challenges

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University teamed up to investigate the complex dynamics of low-water liquids that challenge nuclear waste processing at federal cleanup sites.

Fermilab Takes Home Two Project Management Achievement Awards Given by Department of Energy This Year

The U.S. Department of Energy has conferred two Project Management Achievement awards for Fermilab projects: the Muon g-2 Project and the Utilities Upgrade Project. They were two of three awards given out this year for Office of Science projects. The project teams include staff from Fermilab, the DOE Fermi Site Office and the DOE Office of Science Office...

PNNL, OHSU Work Together to Reveal Key Brain Switch

The structure of a fundamental electrical switch in the brain has been revealed, thanks to PNNL researchers working together with counterparts at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). PNNL scientists Adam Swensen and Wei-Jun Qian performed mass spectrometry experiments that allowed the team to reconstruct the molecular structure of the AMPA...

New Research Facility Will Serve ORNL's Growing Mission in Computing, Materials R&D

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and lab officials today broke ground on a multipurpose research facility that will provide state-of-the-art laboratory space for expanding scientific activities at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The new Translational Research Capability, or TRC, will be purpose-built...

Brookhaven Lab and the Belle II Experiment

If you think keeping track of the photos on your mobile phone is a challenge, imagine how daunting the job would be if your camera were taking thousands of photos every second. That’s the task faced by particle physicists working on the Belle II experiment at Japan’s SuperKEKB particle accelerator, which started its first physics run in late March....

Designer Defects in Diamonds

Researchers have come up with a new method for creating synthetic “colored” nanodiamonds. They’re not in the jewelry business — but they are paving the way for the realization of quantum computing by finding a better way to insert beneficial defects into nanoscale diamond dust.

Plastic Gets a Do-Over: Breakthrough Discovery Recycles Plastic From the Inside Out

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has designed a recyclable plastic that, like a Lego playset, can be disassembled into its constituent parts at the molecular level, and then reassembled into a different shape, texture, and color again and again without loss of performance...

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