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Date: 12/2/2010

The Search is On!

Ever looked for something that you were sure was there but that you couldn't find?  This was the challenge in the 1960's during the search for the quark.  Using a powerful microscope at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) to conduct their investigations and experiments, Jerome Friedman, Henry Kendall and Richard Taylor first saw quarks, which are extremely small, dense objects moving around within protons and neutrons.  For their pioneering investigations, Friedman, Kendall, and Taylor were awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics.  More Information

Date: 10/18/2010

It's a Family Matter!

The third family of fundamental particles of matter became more than just a theory with the discovery of the tau lepton by Martin Perl.  This month is the 15th Anniversary of Perl receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery, which took place 35 years ago (1975).  Evidence of this third family of fundamental particles inspired confidence in the Standard Model, the theory being developed in the 1970s by physicists to explain matter and the forces of nature.  More Information

Date: 9/1/2010

From Beer Bubbles to a Nobel Prize

What do beer bubbles have to do with a Nobel Prize?   For Donald Glaser, the stream of bubbles in his brew inspired him to create the first bubble chamber.  Particles pushing through the liquid in this chamber resulted in a 'trail of tiny bubbles that could be photographed through the window of the chamber.  Analyzing the bubbles provides physicists with insight about the particles and related forces.'  Fifty years ago (in 1960) Glaser received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the bubble chamber.  More Information

Date: 7/19 /2010

Breaking Access Barriers Across Great Distances

Forty years ago (1970) the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), a predecessor of the US Department of Energy (DOE), conducted an experiment that demonstrated the feasibility of worldwide information retrieval systems.   Computers in Palo Alto, California, and in Paris, France, were used for this first successful attempt to obtain instantaneous access to a large body of literature located at a great geographical distance.  More Information


Date: 6/3/2010

Atoms and Soccer Balls

BuckyBall Twenty-five years ago, DOE-supported scientists discovered the existence of 60 carbon atoms that have the shape of a soccer ball.  This molecule was named Buckminsterfullerene after the geodesic domes designed by architect Buckminster Fuller and has the nickname 'buckyball'.  This discovery was recognized by the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was awarded to Richard E. Smalley, Robert F. Curl, and Harold W. Kroto.  More Information

Date: 5/1/2010

Researchers from the Department of Energy predecessors, the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), have had elements named after them.

Fermium (element 100) was named for Enrico Fermi.

Lawrencium (element 103) was named for Ernest O. Lawrence.

Seaborgium (element 106) was named for Glenn Seaborg. This was the first element named for a living person.

Date: 3/1/2010

Did you know that researchers supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), discovered some of the elements on the Periodic Table?  Want to know more?

The First Weighing of Plutonium (Atomic Number 94)

The New Element Americium (Atomic Number 95)

The New Element Curium (Atomic Number 96)

Frontiers of Chemistry for Americium and Curium (Elements 95 and 96)

The New Element Berkelium (Atomic Number 97)

The New Element Californium (Atomic Number 98)

Chemical Properties of Elements 99 and 100 [Einsteinium and Fermium]

Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of Mendelevium (Element 101)

The Transuranium Elements - Present Status: Nobel Lecture by Glenn T. Seaborg

Transuranium Elements: a Half Century


Date: 1/11/10

DOE R&D Accomplishments now brings you more --

-- more information on an About page, including a brief history of DOE & predecessors
-- additional ways to navigate -- via the faceted menu and the Menu Synopsis page, a landing page for menu content, with very brief descriptions
-- and the ability to Share (at the top of each page)

Also, this Blog is new!!!

The new feature page is about Nobel Laureate Melvin Calvin, whose landmark research and body of work provide significant insights into photosynthesis.



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