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Wendelstein 7-X: Second Round of Experimentation Started

The plasma experiments in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald have now been resumed after...
fusion plasma

Physicists Propose New Way to Stabilize Next-Generation Fusion Plasmas

A key issue for next-generation fusion reactors is the possible impact of many unstable Alfvén eigenmodes, wave-like disturbances produced by the fusion reactions that...
plasma

The Turbulent Healing Powers of Plasma

Researchers are starting to discover the curing powers of plasma -- bringing the ion-based form of matter into medical realms. A kind of plasma...
laser plasma acceleration

When Electrons Ride a Wave

Conventional electron accelerators have become an indispensable tool in modern research. The extremely bright radiation generated by synchrotrons, or free electron lasers, provides us...
diamonds

Carving Diamonds for Optical Components

A team of EPFL researchers has developed an unconventional way of microscopically cutting diamonds into a particular shape and smoothing them at an atomic...
Magnetic Power

Unleashed Magnetic Power

Even the ancient Chinese saw them: dark spots on the Sun. Sunspots reveal impressive details in the telescope. And they represent the key to...
fusion

Fusion Heating Gets a Boost

In the quest for fusion energy, scientists have spent decades experimenting with ways to make plasma fuel hot and dense enough to generate significant...
plasma

Extreme-Scale Code Models Extremely Hot Plasma to Explain Spontaneous Transition

The Science Running the world’s largest magnetic fusion experiment known as ITER, currently under construction in France, which aims to prove the feasibility of fusion...
instability

A Quick and Easy Way to Shut down Instabilities in Fusion...

Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built...
Carbon Nanotubes

Simulation Demonstrates How Exposure to Plasma Makes Carbon Nanotubes Grow

At the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), research performed with collaborators from Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced...
HIV protein

The HIV Protein NEF on the Trail

Around 37 million people worldwide live with HIV infection. So far, the associated disease, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), can only be treated with...
stellar interiors

Scientists Probe the Conditions of Stellar Interiors to Measure Nuclear Reactions

Most of the nuclear reactions that drive the nucleosynthesis of the elements in our universe occur in very extreme stellar plasma conditions. This intense...
cancer cells

Cancer Cells Put the Brakes on Immune System

Tumor cells influence their environment in order to avoid an immune response and to facilitate favorable conditions for growth. It has been known for...
tornado

Whirling Particles Are Fastest Ever Detected

The spin of the strongest tornado is a pale shadow of the vortex seen at the heart of matter colliding into a nearly perfect...
plasma turbulence

PPPL Researchers Perform First Basic-Physics Simulation of the Impact of Recycled...

Turbulence, the violently unruly disturbance of plasma, can prevent plasma from growing hot enough to fuel fusion reactions. Long a puzzling concern of researchers...
plants

From the Cell into the Veins

Pressed into cubes, in the form of small crystals, in fizzy drinks, chocolate bars or in our coffee – we use sugar in vast...
shock waves

Scientists Create First Laboratory Generation of High-energy Shock Waves That Accelerate...

Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these...
extracellular vesicles

Researchers Find First Genomic Biomarkers in Extracellular Vesicles in Veterinary Patients

Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have discovered important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease...
tungsten

Smart Materials for Extreme Loads

The inner wall of future fusion reactors is subjected to extreme heat flux densities comparable to those on the outer wall of space ships...
plasma

Machine Learning Technique Offers Insight into Plasma Behavior

Machine learning, which lets researchers determine if two processes are causally linked without revealing how, could help stabilize the plasma within doughnut-shaped fusion devices...