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July 20, 2015
History of Air Conditioning

Learn about some of the key milestones in one of the most important inventions of modern times -- air conditioning.

July 15, 2015
This image of Pluto, taken by New Horizons after a 9 1/2-year journey, is our highest-resolution photo of the dwarf planet since its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. | Photo courtesy of NASA.
To Pluto and Beyond: Powering New Horizons’ 3-Billion-Mile Journey

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flyby of Pluto after a 3-billion-mile journey powered by nuclear technology from the Energy Department.

July 13, 2015
The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing its house, called DURA, at a Brooklyn Navy Yard construction site. | Photo courtesy of New York City College of Technology.
Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation’s Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon

The teams are set for this year's Solar Decathlon, which challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient solar-powered houses.

July 10, 2015
NREL Senior Engineer Palmer Carlin at the National Wind Technology Center, flanked by some of the massive turbines he says early wind technology pioneers only dreamed of seeing. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder
Meet a 91-Year-Old Wind Energy Pioneer

Palmer Carlin helped create the wind industry. Read his fascinating story, the latest in our #LabSpotlight series.

July 9, 2015
Antelope Canyon is a picturesque slot canyon near Chris Deschene's boyhood home in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. | <a href="">Photo courtesy of Flickr user Airflore.</a>
Q&A with Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene

We interviewed new Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene about his life, goals and years of experience working on tribal energy development.

July 8, 2015
Through the new Small Business Vouchers Pilot, small businesses will be able to access tools like this large-scale 3D-printer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
New National Labs Pilot Opens Doors to Small Businesses

New Small Business Vouchers Pilot will connect clean energy innovators across the country with the top-notch scientists, engineers, and world-class facilities at Energy Department National Laboratories.

July 6, 2015
Meet the National Labs

Each of our 17 National Labs wrote a profile for our Instagram. Explore them all here then test your memory against Secretary Moniz to see how many you can name in 60 seconds.

July 6, 2015
Energy Department-supported "Azura" wave energy converter is installed at a U.S. Navy test site in Hawaii. | Photo courtesy of Northwest Energy Innovations.
Capturing the Motion of the Ocean: Wave Energy Explained

Water covers 71 percent of the planet -- so why isn't wave energy a bigger part of our clean energy strategy? New technology could make it competitive sooner than you think.

July 2, 2015
Fireworks light up the sky over Washington, D.C. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
5 Facts About Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July! Learn about the science of fireworks with these energy-related facts.

July 2, 2015
Elizabeth and Rachel visit a YWCA in Waterloo, Iowa. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Rain or Shine: We Cycle for Science

Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case check-in after another month of biking across the country to teach science, talk with teachers and encourage girls to study STEM.