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Ancient chemistry may explain why living things use ATP as a universal energy currency

Ancient chemistry may explain why living things use ATP as a universal energy currency

Molecular dynamics simulation of ADP and acetyl phosphate. Credit: Aaron Halpern, UCL (CC-BY 4.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) A simple two-carbon compound may have been a crucial player in the evolution of metabolism before the advent of cells, according to a new study published Oct. 4 in the open access journal. PLOS Biologyby Nick Lane and colleagues at …

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Nuclear Fusion Energy Breakthrough: Ignition Confirmed in Record 1.3 Megajoule Shot

Cryogenic Target Fusion Ignition

On the one-year anniversary of achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility, the scientific results of this record-breaking experiment have been published in three peer-reviewed papers: one in Physical Review Letters and two in Physical Review E. This stylized image shows a cryogenic target used for these record-breaking inertial …

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Holy Grail of energy efficiency: Physicists advance in the race for superconductivity at room temperature

Diamond Anvil Cell

A team of physicists at UNLV’s Nevada Extreme Conditions Lab (NEXCL) used a diamond anvil cell, a research device similar to the one pictured, in their research to reduce the pressure required to observe a material capable of superconductivity at room temperature. Credit: Image courtesy of NEXCL Less than two years ago the world of …

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