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The results challenge a 70-year-old theory of how proteins fold in our cells and have profound implications for treating diseases linked to protein misfolding.

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The SIMES investigator was cited for his singular contributions to quantum materials science.

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If scaled up successfully, the team's new system could help answer questions about certain kinds of superconductors and other unusual states of matter.

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Researchers discover that electrons play a surprising role in heat transfer between layers of semiconductors, with implications for next-generation electronic devices.  

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The SIMES investigator was cited for his singular contributions to quantum materials science.

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If scaled up successfully, the team's new system could help answer questions about certain kinds of superconductors and other unusual states of matter.

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Researchers discover that electrons play a surprising role in heat transfer between layers of semiconductors, with implications for next-generation electronic devices.  

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Chi-Chang Kao, a noted X-ray scientist and director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, recently announced that he will step...
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A polymer-based electrolyte makes for batteries that keep working – and don’t catch fire – when heated to over 140 degrees F. 

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Once built, the system could produce fast X-ray pulses ten times more powerful than ever before.

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