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How Hot Is Too Hot in Fusion?
11 months ago

How Hot Is Too Hot in Fusion?

By  •  11 months ago  •  Science

Fusion, the energy that powers the stars, might one day provide abundant energy here on Earth.

In a nuclear fusion reactor, the hot, charged gas known as plasma reaches out …
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Putting the Pedal to the Metal in the Hunt for Alloys
11 months ago

Putting the Pedal to the Metal in the Hunt for Alloys

By  •  11 months ago  •  Science

High-temperature alloys, often used in power plants and automobile engines, are valued in engineering because they can withstand temperatures that are a high fraction of their melting point. Operating power …
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Researchers Seek Sigma Meson on the Path to Heavier Hadrons
12 months ago

Researchers Seek Sigma Meson on the Path to Heavier Hadrons

By  •  12 months ago  •  Science

Often, researchers aim for a distant horizon with respect to their research goals. When they get there, they plot their course for the next far-off landmark.

Throughout the 20th century, …
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Assembling Life’s Molecular Motor
1 year ago

Assembling Life’s Molecular Motor

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

Despite the grand diversity among living organisms, the molecule used to store and transmit energy within aerobic, or oxygen-using, cells is remarkably the same. From bacteria to fungi, plants, and …
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Predictive Power
1 year ago

Predictive Power

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

Few jobs are more massive than that of building a nuclear power plant, a project that takes years and billions of dollars to complete. But once a new plant is …
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A Real CAM-Do Attitude
1 year ago

A Real CAM-Do Attitude

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

Photosynthesis, the method plants use to convert energy from the sun into food, is a ubiquitous process many people learn about in elementary school. Almost all plants use photosynthesis to …
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A Seismic Mapping Milestone
1 year ago

A Seismic Mapping Milestone

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

Because of Earth’s layered composition, scientists have often compared the basic arrangement of its interior to that of an onion. There’s the familiar thin crust of continents and ocean floors; …
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Researchers Shoot for Success with Simulations of Laser Pulse–Material Interactions
1 year ago

Researchers Shoot for Success with Simulations of Laser Pulse–Material Interactions

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

With the advent of laser technology in the 1960s, materials scientists gained a new tool to both study and modify materials. Today, lasers allow researchers to manipulate materials on atomic …
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Modeling Autoignited Combustion to Drive Engines Forward
1 year ago

Modeling Autoignited Combustion to Drive Engines Forward

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

It’s no surprise that Rudolph Diesel became a millionaire only 6 short years after he patented the first diesel engine in 1892. When used in cars and trucks, diesel engines …
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Supercomputing, Experiment Combine for First Look at Magnetism of Real Nanoparticle
1 year ago

Supercomputing, Experiment Combine for First Look at Magnetism of Real Nanoparticle

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

Barely wider than a strand of human DNA, magnetic nanoparticles—such as those made from iron and platinum atoms—are promising materials for next-generation recording and storage devices like hard drives. …
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Straatsma Named AAAS Fellow in Chemistry
1 year ago

Straatsma Named AAAS Fellow in Chemistry

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

At its core, the aim of science is to explain and understand. Each year, the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), elects …
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The Shape of Melting in Two Dimensions
1 year ago

The Shape of Melting in Two Dimensions

By  •  1 year ago  •  Science

Snow falls in winter and melts in spring, but what drives the phase change in between?

Although melting is a familiar phenomenon encountered in everyday life, playing a part …
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