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The Manhattan Project -- Its Background

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The Manhattan Project -- Its Background

This year is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Manhattan Project, a predecessor of the U.S. Department of Energy.  In honor of its impacts on science and history, a 'Manhattan Project' series on this blog will revisit various aspects of its background, establishment, operations, and immediate and long-term influences. The first of the series is about the background of the Manhattan Project.

During the fall of 1939, President F. D. Roosevelt was made aware of the possibility that German scientists...

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

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Manipulating Matter on a Molecular Scale

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Manipulating Matter on a Molecular Scale

Nano=one billionth

Nanotechnology=the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale 

DOE scientists are working to identify immediate and future ways to utilize this precision science.

Check out Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: From Energy Applications to Advanced Medical Therapies, a video discussion of why nanotechnology is important and how it is useful in various fields, from Dr....

Related Topics: DOepatents, fermilab, nanoscience

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Fuel Cells to market?

DOE has outlined a Market Transformation strategy for demonstrating the commercial viability of fuel cell power in applications for which there is a business case, and com­municating the potential environmental and economic benefits of the clean energy technologies.  Current results of an ongoing multiyear study of fuel-cell powered vehicles, supported by the DOE EERE [...

Related Topics: EERE, fuel cells, Information Bridge (IB)

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A New Way To Find Reviewers

DOE program managers are routinely called upon to identify peer reviewer candidates for grant and field work proposals.  Each proposal requires a minimum of three reviewers and often more to cover separate aspects of the proposal.  To generate reviewer candidates, program managers draw upon their subject matter expertise and manually scour journal literature.  Although this process is facilitated by the availability of electronic journals, it is labor intensive and represents a major cost.

Information experts at OSTI have demonstrated the capability to identify high quality...

Related Topics: authors, r&d, reviewers, semantic

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OSTI and Its Mission Highlighted in Secretary Chu’s Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) plays an integral role in ensuring transparency and access to the results of the Department of Energy’s scientific efforts – and such transparency and access help assure DOE’s scientific integrity, according to a policy statement recently issued by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. 

“Science and technology are the foundation of all Department of Energy activities…,” the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity (...

Related Topics: r&d, Science Accelerator, scientific integrity, Steven Chu

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Preservation Week 2012, April 22-28

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Preservation Week 2012, April 22-28

Preservation Week was created in 2010 because there are over 630 million items in collecting institutions such as libraries that require immediate attention and care.

Preserving books, articles and other important information is no easy task because as many as 80% of these institutions have no paid staff dedicated to carry out these activities, and 22% operate without any collections care personnel. Complicating matters, it is estimated that 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan, which means these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike.  One way to...

Related Topics: digitization, DOE Green Energy, preservation, Science.gov, ScienceCinema, ScienceEducation.gov

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Join OSTI for Earth Week 2012

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Join OSTI for Earth Week 2012

April 22, 2012 is the 42nd celebration of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment.   The first Earth Day focused on the United States, but it has grown over the years and is now celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.  The U.S. Department of Energy will be celebrating Earth Week April 16-20 in the Forrestal Building and April 23-29 in Germantown. 

Many of the program offices, including the...

Related Topics: DOE Green Energy, Earth Day, Earth Week

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Happy Mathematics Awareness Month

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Happy Mathematics Awareness Month

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

  ~Albert Einstein

As you prepare your taxes, keep in mind that April is  Mathematics Awareness Month.  This year’s theme is, “Mathematics, Statistics and the Data Deluge”.

Mathematics is used throughout the world as an essential tool in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine and the social sciences. Large amounts of data are collected every day, and scientific data comes in massive amounts from supercomputers...

Related Topics: mathematics, Science Accelerator, Science.gov, WorldWideScience.org (WWS)

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OSTI Salutes Librarians During National Library Week -- April 9-14, 2012

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OSTI Salutes Librarians During National Library Week -- April 9-14, 2012

April 9 - 14 is National Library Week, a time to honor the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide.   First sponsored in 1958, it is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

OSTI has a number of Library Tools that are provided...

Related Topics: Information Bridge MARC Records, patents, Science Accelerator, SciTech Connect Full-Text MARC Records

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Celebrate National Engineers’ Week 2012 – February 19-25, 2012

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Celebrate National Engineers’ Week 2012 – February 19-25, 2012

National Engineers’ Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers.  The celebration is held in conjunction with President George Washington's Birthday; our first President is considered by many engineers to be the nation's first engineer because of his survey work.

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Related Topics: National Engineers’ Week, national laboratories, Science Accelerator

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