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Geek-Up: 350,000 Pounds of Paper, 30,000 Particle Beams and 14 Days in Flight

July 30, 2010 - 5:00pm

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Did you know that right now, across the globe, particle beams from some 30,000 accelerators are at work doing everything from diagnosing and treating disease to powering industrial processes?


Me neither. Thankfully, the Office of High Energy Physics in the Office of Science has released a full report about how accelerators are shaping America’s future.


The Z Accelerator from Sandia National Lab

Find out more by downloading the full report here.


How do you keep 350,000 pounds of paper out of landfills, create jobs, and help homeowners save money? Energy Empowers takes a look at Charlotte, North Carolina’s journey to sustainability via a green supply chain. See what they’re working on >


Energy Savers takes a stab at answering the question “what is a green job?” and explores careers in energy beyond the highly technical. Find out more and then join the conversation about what green jobs interest you on the Energy Savers Blog.


Have you ever thought of algae as a potential fuel source? Find out what “transesterification” is and how cultivating an aquatic plant-like organism could produce the next biofuel in the Energy Information Administration’s This Week In Petroleum.


The Zephyr aircraft landed after an unprecedented 14 days in flight. As if that isn’t impressive enough, the drone is unmanned and solar-powered; running on power delivered by amorphous silicon solar arrays -- no thicker than pieces of paper -- by day and lithium-sulphur batteries by night. See how solar helped the Zephyr soar >

Liz Meckes is a New Media Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Energy

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