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Giant Viruses

The Rise of Giant Viruses

The Science The number of microbes in, on, and around the planet is said to outnumber the stars in the sky. The number of viruses...
Lassa virus

Argonne X-rays Used to Help Identify a Key Lassa Virus Structure

Before Ebola virus ever struck West Africa, locals were already on the lookout for a deadly pathogen: Lassa virus. With thousands dying from Lassa...
batteries

A Seaweed Derivative Could Be Just What Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Need

Lithium-sulfur batteries have great potential as a low-cost, high-energy, energy source for both vehicle and grid applications. However, they suffer from significant capacity fading....
Microbial Genomes

Uncovered: 1000 New Microbial Genomes

The number of microbes in a handful of soil exceeds the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy, but researchers know less about...
Carbon Dioxide

Researchers Find a Surprise Just Beneath the Surface in Carbon Dioxide...

In a classic tale of science taking twists and turns before coming to a conclusion, two teams of researchers—one a group of theorists and...
lithium sulfur

The Layered Look of Lithium Sulfur

In the quest for longer-lasting lithium rechargeable batteries, some researchers are looking to use sulfur as electrodes. The chemistry of lithium-sulfur, in theory, could...
Majorana fermions

Neutrons Zero in on the Elusive Magnetic Majorana Fermion

Neutron scattering has revealed in unprecedented detail new insights into the exotic magnetic behavior of a material that, with a fuller understanding, could pave...
molecular vibrations

X-ray Study Reveals Way to Control Molecular Vibrations that Transmit Heat

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new way to track dynamic molecular features in soft materials,...
superconductors

Surprising Stripes in a “Bad Metal” Offer Clues to High-Temperature Superconductivity

High-temperature superconductivity offers perfect conveyance of electricity, but it does so at the price of extreme cold and an ever-elusive mechanism. If understood, scientists...
solar fuels

Chemical “Dance” of Cobalt Catalysis Could Pave Way to Solar Fuels

By splitting a water molecule into two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen, scientists can use the boundless energy of the sun to...
green laser

Low-Energy RHIC Electron Cooling Gets Green Light, Literally

Aligning a sequence of amplifiers and mirrors with hair-thin precision on a tabletop anchored to a steel block deep underground, scientists at the U.S....
methylmercuryvideo

Newly Identified Microbial Process Could Reduce Toxic Methylmercury Levels

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury...
particle detector

Heavy Particles Get Caught Up in the Flow

By teasing out signatures of particles that decay just tenths of a millimeter from the center of a trillion-degree fireball that mimics the early...
cell membranevideo

Neutrons Provide the First Nanoscale Look at a Living Cell Membrane

A research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed the first-ever direct nanoscale examination of a living cell membrane....
spintronics

Report Sheds New Insights on the Spin Dynamics of a Material...

Computers process and transfer data through electrical currents passing through tiny circuits and wires. As these currents meet with resistance, they create heat that...
genomevideo

Sequencing of Green Alga Genome Provides Blueprint to Advance Clean Energy,...

Plant biologists have sequenced the genome of a particularly promising species of green alga, providing a blueprint for new discoveries in producing sustainable biofuels,...
brain scanner

A ‘Wearable’ Brain Scanner Inspired by Brookhaven Technology

Patients undergoing a positron emission tomography (PET) scan in today’s bulky, donut-shaped machines must lie completely still. Because of this, scientists cannot use the...
Electrodevideo

Scientists Demonstrate New Real-Time Technique for Studying Ionic Liquids at Electrode...

Ionic liquids—salts made by combining positively charged molecules (cations) and negatively charged molecules (anions) that are liquid at relatively low temperatures, often below room...
cloud

Scientists Take to the Skies over Azores to Gather Cloud Data

Clouds in the eastern North Atlantic region will come under scrutiny from a bevy of airplane-based instruments this summer, courtesy of the U.S. Department...
plasma

New Model of Plasma Stability Could Help Researchers Predict and Avoid...

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have helped develop a new computer model of plasma stability in...