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Scanning electron micrograph (top) shows the arrangement of iron-nickel nanomagnets for the newly developed “shakti” artificial spin ice lattice...February 2015Science Highlight

Artificial Spin Ice - A New Playground to Better Understand Magnetism

Experiments using novel magnetic nanostructures confirm theoretically predicted behavior – bolstering their utility as a tool for understanding complex magnetic materials. Read More »

Scanning tunneling microscopy image shows a variable width graphene nanoribbon. Atoms are visible as individual “bumps.”February 2015Science Highlight

For “Ribbons” of Graphene, Width Matters

Thin widths change a high-performance electrical conductor into a semiconductor. Read More »

Arrays of nanoribbons of lead zirconate titanate (gold, bottom) on a sheet of flexible polymer (brown) produce current pulses during each heartbeat.January 2015Science Highlight

Power from the Heart

Advances in materials processing enable harvesting of energy from heartbeats. Read More »

Nanobionic Leaf: DNA-coated carbon nanotubes (top) incorporated inside chloroplasts in the leaves of living plants (middle) boost plant photosynthesis.January 2015Science Highlight

Nanobionics Supercharge Photosynthesis

Carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanoparticles enhance photosynthetic activity and stability. Read More »

An anti-Brownian single-molecule microfluidic trap is used to observe individual light-harvesting antenna complexes in solution.January 2015Science Highlight

Shining Light on the Fleeting Interactions of Single Molecules

New technique allows scientists to observe the dynamic structural changes of single biomolecules in solution. Read More »

Symbiotic fungi called ectomycorrhizae colonize the roots of bishop pine.December 2014Science Highlight

Uncovering Role of Symbiotic Fungi in Soil Carbon Storage

Mycorrhizae inhabiting plant roots have major impact on carbon release rates. Read More »

To better understand how switchgrass acquires and mobilizes minerals, researchers have conducted the first molecular study of transporter genes in this bioenergy feedstock.December 2014Science Highlight

Understanding Mineral Transport in Switchgrass

Genetic insights into nutrient movement will enhance bioenergy feedstock’s sustainability. Read More »

Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Michigan.December 2014Science Highlight

Assessing How Renewables Affect Water Used for Thermoelectric Cooling

Model examines water-energy relationships at the regional level. Read More »

Researchers have discovered a novel methane-producing microbe that dominates the thawing permafrost of their study site: the Stordalen Mire in Sweden’s Abisko National Park.December 2014Science Highlight

New Methane-Producing Microbe Found in Thawing Permafrost

The species and its relatives appear to be prevalent in areas of high methane flux worldwide. Read More »

Duckweed is a relatively simple plant with fronds (A and B, right) that float on the surface of water and roots that extend into the water.December 2014Science Highlight

Biofuels from a Floating Water Weed

Duckweed sequencing reveals insights into genes for lignin, cellulose, and starch production. Read More »