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Defects (red and blue markings) surprisingly self-organize in active liquid crystal film of protein filaments and such dynamic reorganization could lead to new approaches for designing self-healing materials.12.14.15Science Highlight

Defects Lead to Order

Surprising order found in bundles of protein filaments that move chaotically and form liquid crystals that could led to novel self-healing. Read More »

Whether a solid or liquid forms from charged polymers depends on the “handedness” of the oppositely charged polymer chains.12.14.15Science Highlight

Will It Be a Solid or a Liquid? The Molecular Structure Has the Answer

Oppositely charged polymer chains can be “right-handed,” “left-handed,” or have no “handedness” at all, which controls whether a solid or liquid forms. Read More »

Aluminum-ion batteries could rapidly charge - in less than one minute.12.14.15Science Highlight

A Step Towards New, Faster-Charging, and Safer Batteries

First prototypes of aluminum-ion batteries charge quickly and have the potential for long lifetimes, low cost, and safe operation. Read More »

A scanning probe microscope (SPM) can detect two similar signals, which could lead to ambiguous identification of ferroelectric materials.12.14.15Science Highlight

Ferroelectricity – Ambiguity Clarified, and Resolved

Novel technique accurately distinguishes rare material property linked to improving sensors and computers. Read More »

The width of a graphene nanoribbon determines its electronic properties, but controlling that width at the atomic scale is a challenge.12.14.15Science Highlight

Legos for the Fabrication of Atomically Precise Electronic Circuits

Pre-designed molecular building blocks provide atomic-level control of the width of graphene nanoribbons. Read More »

Secretion in droplet-embedded gel permits self-repairing behavior.12.14.15Science Highlight

Damaged Material, Heal Thyself

Internal storage compartments release droplets of “healing” liquid to repair damaged materials. Read More »

The ion accelerator at the Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics produces the highest intensity proton beam current in the world for measuring nuclear fusion reactions that take place in stars.11.01.15Science Highlight

Probing Nuclear Reactions in Stars

Novel experiments measure unusual thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen with a rare oxygen isotope. Read More »

11.01.15Science Highlight

One Photon or Two?

First mixed matter/anti-matter probe aims to solve decade-old proton puzzle. Read More »

Dr. Aranh Pen (back row) and students Shaun Loveless, Scott Essenmacher, Eric Greve, and Tara Mastren (right to left) are part of the team that is testing a new method to harvest long-lived radioisotopes from the remotely operated aqueous target device (background) at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab.11.01.15Science Highlight

Reaping Radioisotopes

Researchers harvest long-lived isotopes that are difficult or impossible to acquire otherwise. Read More »

(Left) Silicon wires with match heads and (right) light absorption profile of a single match-head wire at 587 nm absorption.11.01.15Science Highlight

Match-Heads Boost Photovoltaic Efficiency

Tiny “match-head” wires act as built-in light concentrators, enhancing solar cell efficiency. Read More »