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August 4, 2016
Employees and contractors are at the heart of the Department of Energy's mission areas -- and the Department is committed to protecting them against retaliation for raising concerns about health, safety and management issues. |  Energy Department file photo.
Protecting Whistleblowers at the Department of Energy

Learn about two new steps the Energy Department is taking to build upon its existing efforts to protect whistleblowers.

July 29, 2016
Using X-Rays to Zap the Zika Virus

Powerful X-rays at Argonne National Laboratory have helped researchers reveal important new details about the Zika Virus, an important step on the way to developing effective treatments.

July 29, 2016
How Does Fusion Energy Work?

Check out the infographic to learn about fusion energy. You’ll learn how fusion reactions power the Sun, what plasma and tokamaks are and how researchers at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab are trying to create a star on Earth.

July 26, 2016
Hydropower Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for U.S. Hydropower

Hydropower has been around for more than a century and is currently the nation's largest source of clean, domestic renewable electricity. Our new Hydropower Vision report explores how it could grow by 2050.

July 21, 2016
DONUT spokesman Vittorio Paolone, University of Pittsburgh, poses inside the magnet used to eliminate charged particles from the neutrino beam. | Photo courtesy of Fermilab.
The DONUT Experiment: Today in Energy History

On July 21, 2000, scientists from Fermilab presented the first-ever direct evidence of the tau neutrino, a tiny discovery with big ramifications.

July 21, 2016
5 Quick Ways to Save Energy on Home Cooling

It’s hot out there! Here are a few tips you can save energy and stay cool on summer days.

July 20, 2016
A “Cool” Way to Combat Climate Change under the Montreal Protocol

World climate leaders are meeting this week in Vienna for the next stage of international discussions about a global phase-down of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

This meeting should lay the foundation for a 2016 amendment to the Montreal Protocol – a hugely successful global agreement that has put Earth’s fragile ozone layer on track to full restoration. A 2016 amendment would leverage the same proven mechanisms that helped fix the “ozone hole” to address another serious risk to the planet – HFCs.

July 20, 2016
Watch a Centrifuge Separate Nuclear Waste

Centrifuges might not sound cool, but they’re critical to all kinds of science. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is working on the next generation of these important tools.

July 13, 2016
The robot removes the sample from the clear transfer box, out of the two white sample containers, and transports it to the mock-up examination instrument. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Lab.
Students Designed A Robot to Handle Nuclear Fuel

Interns from Idaho State University completed a nine-month-long demonstration project for Idaho National Lab engineers.

July 12, 2016
Progress on President Obama’s “Lab to Market” Initiative

Lab-Corps, an entrepreneurial boot-camp, helps scientists transition their research to the market.