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  • Simulating Meteorite Impacts in the LabExternal link

    02.22.19 A U.S.-German research team has simulated meteorite impacts in the lab and followed the resulting structural changes in two feldspar minerals with x-rays as they happened. The results of the experiments at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY) and at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory show that structural changes can occur at very different pressures, depending on the compression rate.

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  • Event-based Data Collection Enriches Neutron Scattering Research and New Product DevelopmentExternal link

    02.21.19 Scientists using neutron scattering methods to look at the behavior of materials under stress or during phase changes and chemical reactions can view processes from new angles using event-based data. Understanding phase changes and chemical reactions is vital to the design of next-gen consumer products such as better batteries, more powerful electronic devices, cars with improved fuel efficiency, and safer, more effective medical applications.

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  • Confirming a Little-understood Source of the Process Behind Northern Lights and the Formation of StarsExternal link

    02.21.19 Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have now produced the first fully kinetic model of the behavior of plasma particles and found that fast reconnection can indeed occur in partially ionized systems.

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