Updated : Jan 16, 2020 in Research Articles

What’s MER? It’s a way to measure quantum materials, and it’s telling us new and interesting things

Experimental physicists have combined several measurements of quantum materials into one in their ongoing quest to learn more about manipulating and controlling the behavior of…

Updated : Jan 14, 2020 in Research Articles

Opening Up DNA to Delete Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2020 -- Protein editorial assistants are clearing the way for cut-and-paste DNA editors, like CRISPR, to access previously inaccessible genes of…

Updated : Jan 14, 2020 in Research Articles

Galactic gamma-ray sources reveal birthplaces of high-energy particles

Nine sources of extremely high-energy gamma rays comprise a new catalog compiled by researchers with the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory. All produce gamma…

Updated : Jan 13, 2020 in Feature Expert

Daniel Bardayan: Then and Now

WHAT DID THE 2010 EARLY CAREER AWARD ALLOW YOU TO DO? The majority of the chemical elements that make up our world were created by…

Updated : Jan 06, 2020 in Feature Expert

David Shih: Then and Now

WHAT DID THE 2010 EARLY CAREER AWARD ALLOW YOU TO DO? The 2010 DOE Early Career Award enabled me to freely work on topics that…

Updated : Dec 26, 2019 in Feature Expert

Benjamin Monreal: Then and Now

WHAT DID THE 2010 EARLY CAREER AWARD ALLOW YOU TO DO? When I was awarded the DOE Early Career Award in 2010, I was just…

Updated : Dec 23, 2019 in Research Articles

Powder, not gas: A safer, more effective way to create a star on Earth

A major issue with operating ring-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks is keeping the plasma that fuels fusion reactions free of impurities that could reduce…

Updated : Dec 23, 2019 in Research Tip Sheet

Science Snapshots From Berkeley Lab

Unique Cancer Drug Discovered With Help From Advanced Light Source Begins Historical Clinical Trial By Aliyah Kovner An investigational cancer drug that targets tumors caused…

Updated : Dec 12, 2019 in Research Articles

Tiny Quantum Sensors Watch Materials Transform Under Pressure

Since their invention more than 60 years ago, diamond anvil cells have made it possible for scientists to recreate extreme phenomena – such as the…

Updated : Dec 06, 2019 in Research Articles

Stormquakes: Powerful Storms Cause Seafloor Tremors

SAN DIEGO, December 6, 2019 -- Stormquakes are a recently discovered phenomenon characterized by seismic activity originating at the ocean floor due to powerful storms.…

Updated : Dec 03, 2019 in Research Articles

How the Nation’s Hydrogen Bomb Secrets Disappeared

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2019 -- Given a choice of items to lose on a train, a top-secret document detailing the newly developed hydrogen bomb…

Updated : Nov 27, 2019 in Research Articles

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

Topological materials have become a hot topic in quantum materials research, as they have potential applications for quantum information and spintronics. This is because topological…

Updated : Nov 26, 2019 in Announcement

Six Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Six scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of…

Updated : Nov 20, 2019 in Research Articles

Researchers Discover Highest-Energy Light From a Gamma-ray Burst

WASHINGTON (Nov. 20, 2019)—Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions in the cosmos. These explosive events last a fraction of a second to several minutes…

Updated : Nov 18, 2019 in Research Articles

A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

A scientific team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase…

Updated : Nov 13, 2019 in Research Articles

Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts Life Expectancy in Heart Failure Patients

When Avi Yagil, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Physics at University of California San Diego flew home from Europe in 2012, he thought he had caught…

Updated : Nov 12, 2019 in Research Articles

Fluid Dynamics Provides Insight into Wildfire Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2019 -- The Kincade Fire has been burning through Sonoma County, California, displacing people from their homes and leaving destruction in…

Updated : Nov 11, 2019 in Research Articles

New Research Finds Lead Toughens Up Under Extreme Conditions

In a new paper published as an “Editors’ Suggestion” in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has demonstrated that…

Updated : Nov 08, 2019 in Announcement

Save the Date: Major Scientific Meeting on Sound Next Month in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 8, 2019 -- The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will hold its 178th meeting, Dec. 2-6, at the Hotel del Coronado in…

Updated : Nov 08, 2019 in Research Articles

Century-Old Food Testing Method Updated to Include Complex Fluid Dynamics

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 8, 2019 -- The texture of food, including properties that determine how consumers experience biting and swallowing, is an important part of…

Updated : Oct 24, 2019 in Research Articles

Evolution of Catalysts, Real-World Applications

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 24, 2019 -- Electrocatalysts accelerate energy conversion, which is an integral component to many industrially important technologies, such as fuel cells.  While…

Updated : Oct 23, 2019 in Research Articles

Medical Devices Modified with Nanoscale Beam Technology Thwart Dangerous Bacteria

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 23, 2019 -- Modification to the surface of medical devices by using nanoscale beam technology could reduce bacterial attachment to those devices,…

Updated : Oct 22, 2019 in Research Articles

3D Printing, Bioinks Create Implantable Blood Vessels

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2019 -- A biomimetic blood vessel was fabricated using a modified 3D cell printing technique and bioinks, which were formulated from…

Updated : Oct 15, 2019 in Announcement

Save the Date: Major Meeting on Fluid Dynamics in Seattle, Nov. 23-26, 2019

SEATTLE, October 15, 2019 -- The American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics 72nd Annual Meeting will take place on Nov. 23-26, 2019, at the…

Updated : Oct 15, 2019 in Research Articles

Inside the Fuel Cell — Imaging Method Promises Industrial Insight

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2019 – Hydrogen-containing substances are important for many industries, but scientists have struggled to obtain detailed images to understand the element’s…

Updated : Oct 15, 2019 in Research Articles

Creating Miracles with Polymeric Fibers

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2019 -- “Polymers are very, very useful materials when it comes to modern applications.”  Mohan Edirisinghe leads a team of researchers…

Updated : Oct 14, 2019 in Research Articles

UCI scientists reveal mechanism of electron charge exchange in molecules

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 14, 2019 – Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new scanning transmission electron microscopy method that enables visualization…

Updated : Oct 08, 2019 in Research Articles

Stabilizing Multilayer Flows May Improve Transportation of Heavy Oils

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2019 -- During the past 20 years, the oil industry has begun a gradual transition away from light oils, which are…

Updated : Oct 07, 2019 in Research Articles

Complex energies, quantum symmetries

In a certain sense, physics is the study of the universe’s symmetries. Physicists strive to understand how systems and symmetries change under various transformations. New…

Updated : Oct 03, 2019 in Announcement

The American Institute of Physics Announces 2019 Science Communication Award Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2019 -- Since 1968, the American Institute of Physics has recognized journalists, authors, reporters and other diverse writers for their efforts…

Updated : Oct 02, 2019 in Research Articles

Finding the “magic angle” to create a new superconductor

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with scientists around the world, have made a discovery that could provide new insights…

Updated : Sep 24, 2019 in Research Articles

Iridium ‘Loses Its Identity’ When Interfaced With Nickel

Hey, physicists and materials scientists: You’d better reevaluate your work if you study iridium-based materials – members of the platinum family – when they are…

Updated : Sep 09, 2019 in Research Articles

Getting a look under the hood of topological insulators

Certain materials, like copper, conduct electricity very well.  Other materials, like glass, do not.  A certain kind of material, called a topological insulator, acts partially…

Updated : Sep 09, 2019 in Feature

Trapping atoms to protect Australia’s groundwater

A unique new facility launched today at the University of Adelaide will help protect Australia’s precious groundwater from overuse and contamination, and contribute to our…

Updated : Sep 06, 2019 in Research Articles

Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

By coupling magnetic behavior to a superconducting circuit, Argonne scientists pave the way for quantum information systems. Quantum computing promises to revolutionize the ways in…

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Research Articles

Future of LEDs Gets Boost from Verification of Localization States Within Indium Gallium Nitride Quantum Wells

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4, 2019 -- Light-emitting diodes made of indium gallium nitride provide better luminescence efficiency than many of the other materials used to…

Updated : Aug 19, 2019 in Feature

Argonne delivers first cryomodule for Fermilab neutrino experiment accelerator

Through a collaboration with DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne is supplying the first eight of 116 superconducting cavities that will create a stream of neutrinos for Fermilab’s…

Updated : Aug 15, 2019 in Research Articles

For superconductors, discovery comes from disorder

Useful chaos — introduced disorder improves superconductivity. Discovered more than 100 years ago, superconductivity continues to captivate scientists who seek to develop components for highly efficient energy…

Updated : Aug 13, 2019 in Announcement

National Ignition Facility Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

In the decade since Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s(LLNL) National Ignition Facility(NIF) began operations, NIF has routinely heated and compressed matter to some of the most…

Updated : Aug 07, 2019 in Research Articles

Dark Matter May Be Older Than The Big Bang, Study Suggests

Dark matter, which researchers believe make up about 80% of the universe’s mass, is one of the most elusive mysteries in modern physics. What exactly…

Updated : Jul 31, 2019 in Research Articles

Physicists Make Graphene Discovery that Could Help Develop Superconductors

When two mesh screens are overlaid, beautiful patterns appear when one screen is offset. These “moiré patterns” have long intrigued artists, scientists and mathematicians and…