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The What's New page contains information about recent developments on Department of Energy (DOE) Research and Development (R&D) Accomplishments, including additions of Database reports, Snapshots, Featured Topics, and other related topics of interest. It is divided into general categories: Recently Added Features , Recently Added Database Reports, and Recently Added Laureates.

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Recently Added Features

Arthur B. McDonald has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".  His experiments showed that neutrinos from the Sun were not disappearing on their way to Earth, but rather changing their flavor before arriving at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Ontario, Canada. The U.S. Department of Energy, though its Office of Science, has provided support for the SNO (including facilities and some research). This support was instrumental in developing and sustaining the facilities that helped enable the discovery of neutrino oscillation.  Solar neutrinos, ghostlike particles produced in the nuclear reactions that power the Sun, were first detected by Raymond Davis in the late 1960s. [added 10/2015]

Ahmed Zewail, a scientist at Caltech, is know for his pioneering research in femtochemistry, which takes split-second snapshots of once-invisible intermediate stages in a chemical reaction by firing two pulses of laser light in quick succession. The reactions are measured in femtoseconds. For this pioneering research, Zewail received the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. [added 8/2015]

Abdus Salam, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow, created the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in 1964.  His goals in creating the ICTP were training scientists from developing countries as well as the pursuit of cutting edge research.  The ICTP is a major force in establishing scientific and technological education as well as research in the developing world via its alumni.  His interest in international scientific education is also reflected in his establishment of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Edward Bouchet Abdus Salam Institute. [added 5/2015]


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Recently Added Laureates

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