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Gaming Research May Unlock Secrets of ‘Flow’

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As an undergraduate, Tejaswini Yelamanchili used to spend hours a day playing video games like Counter-Strike and Age of Empires. Time would speed by – hours seemed like minutes – as she focused on the process of gaming. Now a graduate student at Missouri S&T, she’s spending much of her time getting others into gaming as part of her research to better understand how the brain works when players are in the zone.

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What Learning Looks Like in the Brain

Using advanced imaging technology, researchers observe new patterns of molecular organization as connections between neurons strengthen during learning.

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Nanoparticle Breakthrough Could Capture Unseen Light for Solar Energy Conversion

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An international team, led by Berkeley Lab scientists, has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy.

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New High-Resolution Exascale Earth-Modeling System Announced for Energy

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A new Earth-modeling system unveiled today will have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years.

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Exploring Arctic Clues to Secure Future with New Sandia, University Partnership

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The Arctic is undergoing rapid change, with sea ice melting and temperatures rising at a faster pace than anywhere else in the world. Its changing environment affects global security, politics, the economy and the climate. Understanding these changes is crucial for shaping and safeguarding U.S. security in the future, Sandia scientists say. Sandia and the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently signed an umbrella Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to study these changes and partner on basic science, energy and security research in the Arctic.

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Keeping Your Lawn Healthy Benefits You as Well

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Many homeowners appreciate the springy feel of a healthy lawn. But what are the tricks to keeping your lawn healthy? The April 22nd Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains how to maintain your lawn, and where to find resources specific to your region.

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A Better Fake Leather, Inspired by Plants

Nature has inspired a coating for synthetic leather that repels oil and water—and keeps the material from getting sticky in the heat.

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David Kaplan Wins 2018 Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics

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The American Institute of Physics announced today that particle physicist and movie producer David Kaplan has won the 2018 Andrew Gemant Award, an annual prize recognizing contributions to the cultural, artistic and humanistic dimension of physics.

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Why Freeloader Baby-Eating Ants Are Welcomed to the Colony

It might seem surprising that a colony of ants would tolerate the type of guests that gobble both their grub and their babies. But new research shows there’s likely a useful tradeoff to calmly accepting these parasite ants into the fold: They have weaponry that’s effective against their host ants and a more menacing intruder ant.

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Could Eating Moss Be Good for Your Gut?

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An international team of scientists including the University of Adelaide has discovered a new complex carbohydrate in moss that could possibly be exploited for health or other uses.







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