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DOE SCIENCE NEWS BY TOPIC: Physical Sciences
DOE provides the majority (approximately 90%) of federal support for high-energy and nuclear physics research, which uses advanced accelerator facilities as well as detectors placed underground and in space to understand the fundamental nature of matter, energy, space, time and the properties and interactions of atomic nuclei and nuclear matter.

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Learning about the future from the distant past

Learning about the future from the distant past

Our universe came to life nearly 14 billion years ago in the Big Bang -- a tremendously energetic fireball from which the cosmos has been expanding ever since. Today, space is filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies, including our solar system's own galactic home, the Milky Way. But how exactly did the infant universe develop into its current state, and what does it tell us about our future?

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With spiraling light, SLAC X-ray laser offers new glimpses of molecules

A new device at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory allows researchers to explore the properties and dynamics of molecules with circularly polarized, or spiraling, light.

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With spiraling light, SLAC X-ray laser offers new glimpses of molecules

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