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December 8, 2015 — APS

High-energy X-rays Give Industry Affordable way to Optimize Cast Iron

Cast iron can be modified through the manufacturing process to optimize its mechanical and physical properties, such as strength and durability. This...
December 1, 2015 — APS

Making Super-Tough Materials the See-Through-Mollusk Way

The mollusk Placuna placenta grows a shell both mechanically strong and translucent enough to use for window panes in areas where the shellfish is...
October 28, 2015 — APS

On the Road to ANG Vehicles

With new makes of all-electric and hybrid automobiles seeming to emerge as fast as the colors of fall, it is easy to overlook another alternative to...
September 19, 2015 — APS

The Rise of X-ray Beam Chemistry

For scientists to understand a system, they often push it to its limits. In geochemistry, that means putting minerals under extreme conditions and...
August 19, 2015 — APS

Caltech Announces Discovery in Fundamental Physics

When the transistor was invented in 1947 at Bell Labs, few could have foreseen the future impact of the device. This fundamental development in...
May 7, 2015 — APS

Scientists Tune X-rays With Tiny Mirrors

The secret of X-ray science --- like so much else --- is in the timing. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National...
March 18, 2015 — APS

Improved Understanding of Protein Complex Offers Insight into DNA Replication Initiation Mechanism Basics

A clearer understanding of the origin recognition complex (ORC) – a protein complex that directs DNA replication – through its crystal structure...
December 18, 2014 — APS

Stunning Zinc Fireworks When Egg Meets Sperm

Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off. The fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in “zinc...
December 4, 2014 — APS

Atomic 'Mismatch' Creates Nano 'Dumbbells'

Like snowflakes, nanoparticles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The geometry of a nanoparticle is often as influential as its chemical...
December 2, 2014 — APS

Powerful New Technique Simultaneously Determines Nanomaterials' Chemical Makeup, Topography

A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Ohio University have devised a powerful technique that...