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Low temperature plasma in air creates a variety of ionized and chemically reactive oxygen and nitrogen species.October 2012Science Highlights

Controlling Plasmas for a Cleaner World

New findings indicate that ionized plasmas like those in neon lights and plasma TVs can be used to sterilize water, making it antimicrobial for as long as a week after treatment. Read More »

Components for a large-area photodetector using glass spacers and enclosure and incorporating the large-area ALD microchannel platesOctober 2012Science Highlights

New Technology Paves Way for Highly Sensitive Photodetectors with Applications in High Energy Physics, Medicine, and National Security

Argonne National Lab wins prestigious 2012 R&D 100 award for development of Large Area Microchannel Plate Detectors Read More »

Saul Perlmutter pictured with a view of the supernova 1987a in the backgroundOctober 2012Science Highlights

LBNL Scientist Shares 2011 Physics Nobel Prize

Astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter wins Nobel “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.” Read More »

Di-photon (γγ) invariant mass distribution for the CMS data of 2011 and 2012October 2012Science Highlights

New Particle Discovered May be the Long-Sought Higgs

Particle may help explain the origins of mass. Read More »

Tuning the ATTA magneto-optic atom trap at Argonne National laboratory.October 2012Science Highlights

Sleuthing the Fate of Water in Ancient Aquifers and Ice Cores

Precision analytical techniques developed for fundamental experiments in nuclear physics now enable routine measurements of ultra-low concentrations of Krypton radioisotopes in samples of water, ice, and gas. Read More »

Interior view of the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) at TJNAF.October 2012Science Highlights

Solved: The Case of the Missing “Excited” Nucleons

Discovery could provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the three quarks enslaved inside the nucleon. Read More »

Large-area nanostructured solar cells.September 2012Science Highlights

Future Solar Cells: Thinner, Brighter, and Better

New theory describes light management in thin-film solar cells. Read More »

The proposed catalytic cycle for manganese porphyrin-catalyzed C-H fluorination reactions is consistent with theoretical calculations.September 2012Science Highlights

New Catalytic Approach Builds Molecules with Specific Functionality More Safely and Efficiently

Rapid creation of carbon-fluorine bonds may lead to improved production of drugs, agrochemicals and positron emission tomography (PET) tracers. Read More »

The structure on the left shows the arrangement of atoms in a portion of the photosynthetic PSII complex that uses light to oxidize water.September 2012Science Highlights

Mimicking Photosynthesis for Production of Solar Fuels

A step closer to an artificial system using sunlight to produce hydrogen from water Read More »

Photograph of the R/V Atlantis at dock in California during the 2010 CalNex study.September 2012Science Highlights

Are the Effects of Black Carbon Overestimated in Climate Models?

Atmospheric black carbon may not cause as much warming of the climate as we thought. Read More »