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Advanced Photon Source

When Your X-Ray Subject Has Wings: Peering Inside Insects with the...

Slowly flapping its orange and black wings, a monarch butterfly sips liquid from a patch of mud. Its proboscis – the mouthpart that sucks...
Titanium

Stressing Over New Materials

Titanium is a workhorse metal of the modern age. Alloyed with small amounts of aluminum and vanadium, it is used in aircraft, premium sports...
Gigahertz Ferroelectric

X-ray Imaging of Gigahertz Ferroelectric Domain Dynamics

A team of researchers has made an important advance in broadening our understanding of light-induced mesoscale dynamics using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced...
Coupling and Magnetism

Precise Layer Growth in a Superlattice Controls Electron Coupling and Magnetism

Two-dimensional (2-D) crystalline films often exhibit interesting physical characteristics, such as unusual magnetic or electric properties. By layering together distinct crystalline thin films, a...
Quantum Dots

Determining the Absorption Bandgap Inhomogeneity of PbSe Quantum Dots

Scientists using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) have developed a novel means of determining the absorption bandgap inhomogeneity of colloidal...
shark

Study of Ancient Fossil Complicates the Shark Family Tree

About 385 million years ago in the Devonian age, a strange, two-and-a-half-foot-long shark died and drifted to the bottom of the sea, over what...
fuel

Making Fuel out of Thick Air

Scientists hoping to develop new energy resources have long pursued the goal of directly converting methane, a simple and abundant chemical found in natural...
Semiconductor

Newly Discovered Semiconductor Dynamics May Help Improve Energy Efficiency

Researchers examining the flow of electricity through semiconductors have uncovered another reason these materials seem to lose their ability to carry a charge as...
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...
Solid oxide fuel cells

Technique improves the efficacy of fuel cells

Fuel cells, which generate electricity from chemical reactions without harmful emissions, have the potential to power everything from cars to portable electronics, and could...