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March 17, 2016
How to Store Carbon

Find out how National Labs scientists are developing new tools to ensure carbon storage is safe and permanent.

March 17, 2016
Dr. Imre Gyuk -- pictured speaking at a Green Mountain Power energy storage event -- was recently recognized for his game-changing work in energy storage. | Photo courtesy of the Clean Energy States Alliance.
10 Questions with Energy Storage Expert Imre Gyuk

Dr. Imre Gyuk, recently awarded the NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award for Energy Storage, talks about what energy storage is, how the energy storage field has changed in the last 10 years and where it's headed.

March 16, 2016
Eagles are Making Wind Turbines Safer for Birds

National Labs and industry researchers are using eagles to develop technology to prevent bird collisions with wind turbines.

March 11, 2016
Roderick Jackson and a group of high schoolers pause for a selfie inside Oak Ridge National Lab's 3D-printed house. | Photo Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Lab.
Showing, Not Telling to Engage Students in STEM

Roderick Jackson, a technical lead at Oak Ridge National Lab, reflects on his experience during My Brothers Keeper Week at the National Labs.

March 11, 2016
Radiobiologist Matt Coleman displays a device like the medical diagnosis instrument he helped develop for NASA for use in deep space. | Photo by  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Scientist Helps NASA Develop Medical Device

On a journey to Mars, future astronauts may use this device to get medical checkups.

March 10, 2016
President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington. | Photo courtesy of the Government of Canada.
How the U.S. and Canada are Fighting Climate Change Together

Learn how the U.S. and Canada are partnering to build a stronger clean energy future.

March 9, 2016
Star trails take shape around Kitt Peak National Observatory in this long-exposure image. The 4-meter Mayall telescope building, at right, now houses Mosaic-3, a new infrared camera built by a collaboration that includes Berkeley Lab scientists. | Photo credit: P. Marenfeld and NOAO/AURA/NSF.
New Galaxy-Hunting Sky Camera Sees Redder Better

Berkeley Lab built an infrared camera to study outer space billions of light-years away at wavelengths too red for humans to see.

March 7, 2016
UV light shines through a sample of transparent material containing quantum dots, tiny nanoparticles that can be used to harness solar energy for electricity. | Photo courtesy of LANL.
Turning Windows into Solar Panels

National Labs are taking a fresh approach to solar power by harnessing the power of quantum dots.

March 2, 2016
Building Better Batteries for Long-Distance Driving and Faster-Charging Electronics

How National Labs scientists figured out how to make batteries last longer and recharge faster.

March 1, 2016
Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh is among the new generation of scientists seeking to revolutionize nuclear energy. She is an assistant professor of nuclear engineering at the University of California-Berkeley. | Photo courtesy of UC Berkeley.
Tomorrow’s Nuclear Reactors are Closer Than You Think

A new generation of innovators is pioneering the future of nuclear energy at our National Labs.

March 1, 2016
Our latest infographic explains how heavy-duty trucks are more getting more sustainable thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative. | Infographic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department.
INFOGRAPHIC: How SuperTruck is Making Heavy Duty Vehicles More Efficient

How the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative is making America's heavy duty trucks more sustainable.

February 29, 2016
A student from from Chicago's Laura S. Ward STEM School learns to use computational thinking during <a href="">My Brother's Keeper's visit to Argonne National Lab.</a> | Photo Courtesy of Argonne National Lab.
Bringing Students to STEM with My Brother's Keeper

The Energy Department National Labs are partnering with the President's My Brother's Keeper Initiative to bring students to the labs and give them a first-hand look at science and innovation.

February 26, 2016
Energy By The Numbers: Recovery Act
The Recovery Act and Clean Energy

The Recovery Act sparked America's clean energy revolution. See the progress we've made since 2009 and what's on the horizon.

February 25, 2016
Catch these four impressive technologies and much, much more at the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, <a href="">Feb. 29 – March 2 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center</a> near Washington, D.C.
4 Insanely Cool Technologies to Watch at the 2016 ARPA-E Summit

Get a sneak preview of four amazing technologies on display at the 2016 ARPA-E Summit, where innovation in energy takes center stage.

February 24, 2016
PHOTOS: 10 Years, 10 Breakthroughs at Argonne's Fastest Supercomputer

One of the world's fastest supercomputers just turned 10. See what it's accomplished.

February 19, 2016
INTERACTIVE: Energy Intensity and Carbon Intensity by the Numbers

Take an in depth look at how gross domestic product (GDP), carbon emissions, and energy consumption interact with one another in this interactive chart.

February 19, 2016
We first talked to Dr. Gschneider back in 2013 for one of our <a href="/node/609731">"10 Questions with a Scientist"</a> blogs. Today he looks back at over 60 years of studying rare earth metals.
At 85, Mr. Rare Earth is Retiring

Rare earth metals are in cars, computers and wind turbines everywhere. Meet the scientist who has studied them for decades.

February 17, 2016
Better Buildings Challenge SWAP Teams with Industry for Major Energy Savings

Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swap energy teams to learn from each other and produce even greater savings in a new video series.

March 31, 2015
New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

New map shows projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.

March 27, 2015
Celebrating Two Years of Building America’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Future

Find out how we are helping to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness.

March 24, 2015
Three trucks transport nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. | Energy Department photo.
Moving Forward to Address Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal

Today, Secretary Moniz announced that the Energy Department is moving forward with planning for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste resulting from atomic energy defense activities.

March 23, 2015
Residential solar energy systems such as these in a Boulder, Colorado neighborhood are eligible for tax credits through 2016. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Energy Efficiency Tax Credits, Rebates and Financing: What Options Are Available for You?

Learn about the types of financial assistance available to make energy efficient purchases more affordable.

March 20, 2015
In addition to the tips mentioned below, <a href="/node/904911">check out this infographic</a> for more ways to lower your energy bills this spring. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring

Spring has arrived. Here are some tips on how to save energy and money during the warmer days ahead.

March 19, 2015
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Blog
Leading by Example on Climate Change: Our New Federal Sustainability Plan

President Obama signs executive order to ensure federal government leads by example on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting clean energy.

March 18, 2015
Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
National Science Bowl Regional Roundup

Science students from around the country just finished competing for a chance at finals in Washington, D.C.