March 29, 2000

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Carbon nanotubes have been touted for their potential to succeed silicon in future electronic devices. Hollow cylinders of pure carbon about 50,000 times narrower than a human hair, nanotubes behave as if they are one-dimensional objects, hence not subject to the size and heat restrictions that eventually will limit silicon-based devices. In a paper published in Science, researchers report that these amazing materials may be even more versatile than anyone had previously thought.

A review of the Lab's Advanced Light Source, a national user facility producing light in the x-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum that is one billion times brighter than the sun, cites multiple areas of excellence.  The report expressed strong support for upcoming projects that include molecular environment science, magnetic and polymer nanostructure research, and femtosecond spectroscopy and diffraction.

Exploiting a beam of infrared light from the Advanced Light Source,  researchers have developed a technique to observe subtle chemical and molecular changes in individual human cells. By mapping biological and chemical reactions as they occur in living cells over a period of hours or days -- in response to environmentally relevant concentrations of chemicals or radiation -- the technique enables researchers to perform basic studies of the life, death, damage, and self-repair of tissues and cells at the subcellular level.

Unlike photons, neutrinos travel virtually unimpeded across the cosmos.  Astronomers believe they could provide an ideal new way of seeing the Universe. At the South Pole, researchers are working on developing an effective neutrino telescope.

How a computer hacker known as Max Vision was tripped up and busted

American Chemical Society designates Lab as historic landmark site

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