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Science and a Movie

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Science and a Movie

DOE’s ScienceCinema is now showing “A LANL Scientist’s Dream Takes Off to Zap Rocks on Mars” starring Roger Wiens.

At age 9, Roger Wiens...

Related Topics: Energy Citations Database (ECD), Los Alamos, Mars, ScienceCinema

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity – ChemCam

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity – ChemCam

How do you run chemical tests at a geologic site millions of miles away from you to see what the rocks and soil are made of? Curiosity’s new instrument ChemCam, developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is designed to determine how much light is emitted at each frequency by a geologic sample when it’s heated by a laser beam. Since different materials have different light-emission patterns, measuring the patterns shows what materials emitted them.

Slide presentations giving a general view of Los Alamos contributions to ChemCam:

University of Tennessee Knoxville in DOE’s .EDUconnections Spotlight

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University of Tennessee Knoxville in DOE’s .EDUconnections Spotlight

Science is always in the spotlight at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a land-grant institution and the state's flagship research campus.  Recent research might include searching for potential habitats for life on Mars, developing an autotaxin  inhibitor to fight cancer,...

Related Topics: .EDUconnections, cancer, DOE EcoCar 2, DOE's Solar Decathlon, Knoxville, Mars, University of Tennessee

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Wind Direction Forward

Wind-Energy - A Revitalized Pursuit was issued by Sandia Laboratories in 1974.  This report discusses challenges of the “energy crunch” and the U.S. goal to maintain high standards of living by developing “promising energy sources that are (1) vast, (2) environmentally acceptable, and (3) economically competitive.”  The authors felt that wind energy was a feasible solution. 

Devising ways to efficiently harness the wind is an ongoing pursuit of scientists around the world.  The wind mills of the past have evolved into high-tech wind...

Related Topics: energy, Sandia, showcase, wind

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Congratulations to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on its Golden Anniversary

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Congratulations to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on its Golden Anniversary

SLAC was established in1962 at Stanford University. The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory  and home to a two-mile linear accelerator—the longest in the world.  Originally a particle physics research center, SLAC is now a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle...

Related Topics: Nobel Prize, slac, Stanford

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Energy in the Forecast

If you can accurately predict the weather, you may be able to predict how much energy can be generated from wind turbines.  That was one objective of the “Great Plains Wind Energy Transmission Development Project,” completed in 2011, to “develop a wind energy forecast system, and demonstrate its efficacy in scheduling power output from wind farms in the Great Plains.”  The forecasting system described in the report was comprised of three elements, a software component using various weather prediction models, a wind...

Related Topics: energy, maps, OSTI collections, weather, wind, wind collection

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Wind Power Research Excitement

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Wind Power Research Excitement

New simulation tools and data collection capabilities now available for wind power research are creating a lot of excitement and significant advances in the wind energy industry. For example, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) tripled previous estimates of U.S. wind power...

Related Topics: Energy Citations Database (ECD), NREL, Wind Power

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The Manhattan Project -- Its Establishment

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The Manhattan Project -- Its Establishment

On August 13, 1942, the Manhattan Engineer District, whose name was based upon the geographical location of its headquarters, was established.  In September, the Army appointed Colonel Leslie R. Groves to head the effort.  Groves held that the exigencies of war required scientists to move from laboratory research to development and production in record time.  Though traditional scientific caution might be short-circuited in the process, there was no alternative if a bomb was...

Related Topics: 70th Anniversary, atomic bomb, DOE Research & Development (R&D) Accomplishments, electromagnetic, fission, gaseous diffusion, Manhattan Project, nuclear chain reaction, plutonium, Roosevelt, uranium, World War II

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Back-to-School? Get ScienceLab!

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Back-to-School? Get ScienceLab!

It’s August! Are you ready to get back to school? If you’re attending or teaching a science class this year, be sure to check out ScienceLab, Students' go-to source... for homework help, project ideas, competitions, internships, activities, and more. ScienceLab provides searchable access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education resources from U.S. Department of Energy programs and national laboratories.

ScienceLab searches can be filtered by both grade level and resource types including:

Nano research in DOE collections

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Nano research in DOE collections

Research involving nanoscale dimensions enable development of innovative materials to help solve challenges in the world you live in. As an example, printing electronic circuitry on flexible and stretchable backplanes could revolutionize a number of industries, including smart devices. Berkeley Lab’s Javey Research Group has developed a carbon nanotube backplane that, in combination with inkjet printing of metal contacts,should allow cost-...

Related Topics: Lawrence Berkeley, nano

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