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An inexpensive 3D-printed microscope attached to a cell phone shows the epidermis of an onion magnified 350 times. 09.16.14FROM THE LABS

Want to Print Your Own Cell Phone Microscope for Pennies?External link

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a sleek, simple and inexpensive way to turn a cell phone into a high powered, high quality microscope that can be used to identify biological samples in the field. Read More »

An apparatus used to charge lithium ion coin cell batteries at various rates with different levels of current. 09.15.14FROM THE LABS

Study Sheds New Light on Why Batteries Go BadExternal link

Rapid charging and draining doesn’t damage lithium ion electrode as much as thought. Read More »

Diamondoids, the square cages at left, and buckyballs, the soccer-ball shapes at right create “buckydiamondoids,” center. 09.09.14FROM THE LABS

Buckyballs and Diamondoids Join Forces in Tiny Electronic GadgetExternal link

Scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory craft two exotic forms of carbon into a molecule for steering electron flow. Read More »

The wire plasmons propagate to the wire's distal end where they efficiently interact with the two-dimensional material semiconductor molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). 09.05.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Sending Electricity, Light Along Super-thin Wire May Open Door to Speed-of-light ComputingExternal link

Optical and material scientists at the University of Rochester and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich find a new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire. Read More »

Interfaces between solid materials are surfaces with intricate, internal structure (shown on the left). To control that structure, and to use it for specific applications, researchers model it a simplified way (shown on the right). 09.02.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

The Power of Hidden PatternsExternal link

Scientists at MIT find interfaces within materials can be patterned as a means of controlling the properties of composites. Read More »

Glass is a liquid that has lost its ability to flow and so instead of taking the shape of its container can itself serve as a container. 08.28.14UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

A Collaboration of Researchers Using Argonne Lab’s Advanced Photon Source Explain Why Some Liquids are ‘Fragile’ and Others are ‘Strong’External link

‘Fragility’ provides a clue to the mystery of what happens when a liquid turns into a glass. Read More »

A Fermilab scientist works on the laser beams at the heart of the Holometer experiment. 08.26.14FROM THE LABS

Do We Live in a 2-D Hologram?External link

New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe. Read More »

In this illustration, a patterned 3-D grid of tiny whirlpools, called quantum vortices, populates a nanoscale droplet of superfluid helium. 08.22.14FROM THE LABS

X-ray Laser Probes Tiny Quantum Tornadoes in Superfluid DropletsExternal link

SLAC experiment reveals mysterious order in liquid helium. Read More »

Schematic illustration of Earth’s magnetic field. 08.20.14FROM THE LABS

NMR Using Earth’s Magnetic FieldExternal link

Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate ultra low-field nuclear magnetic resonance with an optical magnetometer. Read More »

Members of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration study the southern sky with the world's most advanced digital camera, mounted on a telescope in Chile. 08.18.14FROM THE LABS

Dark Energy Survey kicks Off Second Season Cataloging the Wonders of Deep SpaceExternal link

With its second year under way, the DES team posts highlights and prepares to release images from its first year. Read More »

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