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06.25.13From the Labs

Around the US in 17 LabsExternal link

Use symmetry’s interactive map to learn more about what goes on at the national laboratories, including the 10 institutions under the purview of the DOE Office of Science. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.24.13From the Labs

Ames Laboratory Scientists Solve Riddle of Strangely Behaving Magnetic MaterialExternal link

Materials scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have found an accurate way to explain the magnetic properties of a compound that has mystified the scientific community for decades. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.21.13From the Labs

Nigel Lockyer of Canada’s TRIUMF Lab Named Fermilab DirectorExternal link

Nigel Lockyer, director of Canada’s TRIUMF laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia, has been selected to become the next director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. A suite of new projects awaits Lockyer at Fermilab, which is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics research. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.19.13From the Labs

Scientists Combine X-rays and Microscopes for Precise ExperimentsExternal link

By pairing the capabilities of X-ray analysis and extremely precise microscopy, scientists at Argonne have developed a way to simultaneously determine the physical structure and chemical makeup of materials at close to the atomic level. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.14.13From the Labs

Discovery of New Material State Counterintuitive to Laws of PhysicsExternal link

When you squeeze something, it gets smaller. Unless you’re at Argonne National Laboratory. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.13.13From the Labs

Massive Particle Storage Ring to Begin 3,200-Mile Trek on SundayExternal link

How do you move a 50-foot-wide, circular electromagnet from Long Island to the Chicago suburbs in one piece without flexing or twisting it? Very, very carefully. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.12.13From the Labs

Ames Laboratory Scientists Discover New Family of QuasicrystalsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered a new family of rare-earth quasicrystals using an algorithm they developed to help pinpoint them. Their research resulted in finding the only known magnetic rare earth icosahedral binary quasicrystals, now providing a “matched set” of magnetic quasicrystals and their closely related periodic cousins. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.11.13From the Labs

“Popcorn” Particle Pathways Promise Better Lithium-Ion BatteriesExternal link

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft. Read MoreExternal linkage

06.10.13From the Labs

Testing Artificial PhotosynthesisExternal link

Berkeley Lab Researchers Develop Fully Integrated Microfluidic Test-bed for Solar-driven Electrochemical Energy Conversion Systems.
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06.06.13From the Labs

Resistivity Switch is Window to Role of Magnetism in Iron-Based SuperconductorsExternal link

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered surprising changes in electrical resistivity in iron-based superconductors. The findings, reported in Nature Communications, offer further evidence that magnetism and superconductivity are closely related in this class of novel superconductors.
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