The now and future NIF

The high-energy lasers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employ exquisite pulse-shaping control to achieve

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Predicting the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria

The ability to predict exactly where and when a future outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria will emerge is of obvious utility

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Evolving viruses on a chip to help predict the next pandemic

Viruses in nature undergo rapid evolution due to extremely high mutation rates and short generation times. Their economical genomes may

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Epidemic spread in the age of air travel

The spread of novel infections in human populations and the rise of drug resistant bacterial and viral pathogens around the

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Bacterial Biofilms: Fast and Slow Streamers

Unwanted, harmful bacterial cells can be found fouling surfaces everywhere from lifesaving medical devices to toe-jamming pond scum — often

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Hacking Cells: Information Processing In Living Systems

The promise of the emerging field of synthetic biology is that it will provide genetically engineered bacteria and other organisms

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Searching for structure in the Arxiv

The arXiv, an electronic preprint scientific paper repository, receives on average 7000 submissions per month. That’s a lot of papers

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The Perfect Science Team

The growing number of professional women scientists invites studies like the one conducted by Teresa Woodruff, a professor of Northwestern

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Understanding Earthquake Lights

Researchers appear to be on the brink of an explanation for lightning strikes that sometimes precede earthquakes. Unlike normal lightning,

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