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  • 04/01/2019

    Scientists at the Sensitive Instrument Facility of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory achieved real-time atom rearrangement monitoring using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy during the synthesis of intermetallic nanoparticles (iNPs).

  • 03/25/2019

    To better understand how plant roots interact with soil at a molecular level, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, have developed a model instrument that will enable scientists to look at the biological interactions in the rhizosphere -- a narrow zone around roots of intense microbial activity-- in real time, in the field-- a capability that doesn’t currently exist.

  • 02/27/2019

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Ames Laboratory have developed a method to accurately measure the “exact edge” or onset at which a magnetic field enters a superconducting material. The knowledge of this threshold— called the lower critical field— plays a crucial role in untangling the difficulties that have prevented the broader use of superconductivity in new technologies.

  • 02/14/2019

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a means of controlling the surface conductivity of a three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator, a type of material that has potential applications in spintronic devices and quantum computing.

  • 02/11/2019

    AMES, Iowa -- Middle school students from across Iowa will gather in Ames on Feb. 16 to compete in the 2019 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl. Thirty-two teams of students will compete to answer questions about biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition.