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September 26, 2013
To save taxpayer dollars and help lower the costs of innovative energy-efficient technologies, the Energy Department is streamlining ENERGY STAR testing for appliances such as clothes washers. | Photo courtesy of Bethany Sparn, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Streamlining ENERGY STAR Appliance Testing

To save taxpayer dollars and help lower the costs of innovative energy-efficient technologies, the Energy Department is streamlining ENERGY STAR testing for appliances.

September 26, 2013
The hallmark of the 2013 Women in Clean Energy Symposium was the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) awards ceremony, recognizing six women for their leadership and mentorship in clean energy fields. C3E award recipients (left to right): Kristen Graf, Kirstin Gunderson, Milo Werner, Rebecca Stanfield, Maxine Savitz (C3E 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient), Erica Mackie. Not pictured: Katherine Lucey. | Photo by Justin Knight.
SLIDESHOW: Highlights from the 2013 Women in Clean Energy Symposium

Thought-leaders from across the country convened in Boston last week. Their goal: Find strategic ways to substantially increase women's participation in the clean energy sector.

September 25, 2013
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Monthly EV Sales Shatter Records

On September 5, media outlets reported that US monthly electric vehicle (EV) sales shattered the 10,000 unit barrier.

September 25, 2013
Dr. Erich Strohmaier, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, presents data from the TOP500 list of supercomputers. | Photo courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
10 Questions for a Scientist: Erich Strohmaier

Dr. Erich Strohmaier discusses the evolution of the TOP500 list of supercomputers, his own career and where the field of high performance computing is going next.

September 25, 2013
Introducing the Minorities in Energy Initiative

A new Energy Department initiative seeks to inspire underrepresented Americans to pursue careers in energy fields.

September 24, 2013
An Update on the Hanford Site and Cleanup Progress

A new Framework underscores the Energy Department's commitment to cleaning up the legacy of Cold War plutonium production at the Hanford site in the state of Washington.

September 24, 2013
The Energy Departments headquarters at the Forrestal Building in Washington, DC. | Energy Department photo, credit Quentin Kruger.
New Ways to Stay Engaged on

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September 20, 2013
This overlay of mass spectrometry images shows the spatial distribution of three different kind of lipids across a whole mouse cross-section. Lipids act as the structural components of cell membranes and are responsible for energy storage, among other things. | Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Reindl (Berkeley Lab).
Supercomputing: Eye-Opening Possibilities in Imaging

OpenMSI, a powerful visualization tool developed by Berkeley Lab, may show the way to everything from better biofuels to more effective medicines.

September 20, 2013
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dallas Dam, Oregon. | Energy Department photo.
Top 9 Things You Didn't Know About America's Power Grid

Ever wonder how electricity gets to your home? Test your knowledge with these top power grid facts.

September 19, 2013
In this photo, two Argonne researchers are pictured with Argonne's first digital computer, AVIDAC. Designed and built by Argonne's Physics Division for $250,000, it began operations on January 28, 1953. AVIDAC stands for "Argonne Version of the Institute's Digital Automatic Computer" and was based on architecture developed by mathematician John von Neumann. Groundbreaking as it was, today's smartphones are far more sophisticated and powerful than this machine. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Throwback Thursday with AVIDAC

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!