DOE Research Impacts
The results of Department of Energy (DOE) research is varied and far-ranging. For instance, did you know that researchers associated with DOE have decoded 3 of the chromosomes in your DNA, developed the battery that has powered many spacecraft (including the lunar lander), built a pre-Pong video game in 1958, and won more than 100 Nobel prizes? They have also discovered 8 of the transuranium elements that are on the Periodic Table and have advanced medicine by contributing to the development of CAT and PET scanners and by research related to MRIs.
DOE researchers discovered the path of carbon in photosynthesis, which led to solar energy research, and found a way to determine the age of plant-based artifacts utilizing the decay rate of carbon-14, which has been used to determine the age of mummies, prehistoric artifacts, and dwellings.