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Magic numbers make nickel nucleus stronger

May 17, 2019

Researchers made magic with nickel, but this was no coin trick. Researchers provide the first direct evidence for…
Revelations about radioactive zirconium forge a new path in research about the universe

April 30, 2019

Scientists have many “road maps” that guide them in respective fields of research by consolidating countless years of…
Elemental old-timer makes the universe look like a toddler

April 30, 2019

In terms of longevity, the universe has nothing on xenon 124. Theory predicts the isotope’s radioactive decay has a half-life that surpasses the…
Adding a splash of color, history to weather

February 18, 2019

Water can be a blessing or a curse. In nature, the shortage of water can cause droughts and…
Novel electron microscopy offers nanoscale, damage-free tracking of isotopes in amino acids

February 2, 2019

A new electron microscopy technique that detects the subtle changes in the weight of proteins at the nanoscale—while…
PNNL working with medical isotope producers to ensure continued effectiveness of nuclear explosion monitoring

January 24, 2019

Medical isotope production can mimic signatures of nuclear explosions Medical isotopes are used daily around the world to…
Isotope detection: Big results come from small instrument

October 17, 2018

A new kid is coming to town in the form of an ultra-sensitive, laser-based, carbon-14 spectrometer that will…
Chemistry Research ‘Rocks’ New Data about Ancient Life

August 8, 2018

Early Earth was a hot, gaseous, dusty and dynamic planet with an atmosphere and an ocean. Then its…
The world’s isotopically purest helium is at Lancaster

August 2, 2018

A Lancaster University spin off company is the only commercial supplier in the world for isotopically pure helium.…
University of Alberta cyclotron could supply province’s demand for medical isotopes

May 16, 2018

University of Alberta scientists have taken a critical step towards supplying Alberta’s demand for medical isotopes. Researchers at…
Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war

November 20, 2017

Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can…
Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina

May 12, 2017

Around 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant asteroid crashed into the…
Secrets of the calcerous ooze revealed

March 1, 2017

How can we know anything about the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere in Earth’s deep past? Tiny…
Researchers find Earth composed of different materials than primitive meteorites

September 17, 2016

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have found that, contrary to popular belief, the Earth is not…
Chemistry says moon is proto-Earth’s mantle, relocated

September 13, 2016

Measurements of an element in Earth and moon rocks have just disproved the leading hypotheses for the origin…
New Information From Watching a Forest Breathe

July 4, 2016

For the first time, scientists have been successful in measuring the processes by which an entire forest “breathes,”…
New gas-signature models can help inspectors locate and identify underground nuclear tests

March 17, 2016

Through experiments and computer models of gas releases, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have simulated signatures of gases…
ORNL’s benchmark data set validates global nuclear reactor codes

March 12, 2016

Nearly 100 commercial nuclear reactors supply one-fifth of America’s energy. For each fuel rod in a reactor assembly,…
Improved medical imaging takes top prize at Innovation Forum

March 1, 2016

Producing better-quality ultrasound images could be as easy as taking a selfie. That was the pitch that Princeton…
Alternative Proteins Encoded by Same Gene Have Widely Divergent Functions

February 13, 2016

A single human gene can produce many different proteins. In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers…
Has the magic gone from Calcium-52?

February 10, 2016

For the first time scientists have measured the radius of a calcium nucleus with 32 neutrons – indicating…
Moon was produced by a head-on collision between Earth and a forming planet

January 30, 2016

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called…
New element tracking method a boon for geoscientists

November 20, 2015

Geoscientists track how elements cycle across land, air and water to better understand climate change, ecological food webs…
Calcium-48’s ‘neutron skin’ thinner than previously thought

November 6, 2015

An international team led by Gaute Hagen of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used America’s most powerful supercomputer,…
NNSA fellowship in honor of Ian Hutcheon

October 23, 2015

The U.S. Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) has established a fellowship in honor of the late Ian Hutcheon, a…
Heavy-duty neutron accelerators paint promising future for UW-Madison spinoff

September 25, 2015

A Madison manufacturer of the world’s most powerful commercial neutron generators is awaiting final regulatory approval for its…
Iron: A biological element?

June 26, 2015

Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half…
ANL confirms new commercial method for producing medical isotope

June 16, 2015

The effort to secure a stable, domestic source of a critical medical isotope reached an important milestone this…
New tool to save salmon: isotope tracking

May 11, 2015

Salmon carry a strontium chemical signature in their “ear bones” that lets scientists identify specific streams where the…
Study: Photosynthesis has unique isotopic signature

April 25, 2015

Photosynthesis leaves behind a unique calling card, a chemical signature that is spelled out with stable oxygen isotopes,…
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