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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.

June 10, 2016
Several National Hockey League facilities now have LED lighting, saving energy and money. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department.
NHL Scores Big with Sustainability

Teams playing in the Stanley Cup Final this weekend are leading the way when it comes to saving energy and protecting the planet.

June 9, 2016
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Crops, Bots and Bytes: Check Out the Robots Behind ARPA-E’s Agro-Energy Program

Biofuels have huge potential as a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels for transportation. ARPA-E's TERRA program is creating cutting-edge robots and data tools to make selecting the best bioenergy crops faster, cheaper and easier than ever.

June 7, 2016
As the electric grid becomes smarter, it also becomes more vulnerable to hackers. | Creative Commons.
To Protect the Grid from Hackers, You Need to Break It

With a growing risk of cyber attacks from hackers, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory built a test bed to experiment with cybersecurity tools for the nation’s electric grid.

June 6, 2016
Installing a concentrating solar power system in Gila Bend, Arizona. The curved  mirrors are tilted toward the sun, focusing sunlight on tubes that run the length of the mirrors. The reflected sunlight heats a fluid flowing through the tubes. The hot fluid then is used to boil water in a conventional steam-turbine generator to produce electricity. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder.
Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Solar Energy

Counting down our list of top things you didn't know about solar energy -- read on for more on the most abundant energy resource known to mankind.

June 3, 2016
Today, our panel of energy and sci-fi experts will discuss the interplay between science and cinema at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. | Courtesy of Awesome Con
Energy @ Awesome Con: Meet Our Panelists

Join us at Awesome Con for a discussion on the interplay of energy, cinema and television.

June 2, 2016
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Pinpointing Clean Energy Financing Programs Just Got Easier

The Energy Department's updated guide makes it fast and efficient to locate federal financing opportunities for clean energy projects at home and abroad.

May 31, 2016
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Global Energy Leaders Gather in California to Drive Clean Energy Development and Deployment

Goal of meetings will be to expand international collaboration in clean energy research, development, demonstration and deployment to combat climate change.

May 27, 2016
Secretary Moniz sits with Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathy Sullivan (center) and Energy Department Senior Advisor Melanie Kenderdine (right) at the White House Leadership Summit on Women, Climate and Energy. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Department of Energy.
Gathering All Our Talents to Revolutionize Clean Energy

Secretary Moniz talked to us about why it's important to encourage women across the world to study clean energy in advance of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Symposium on May 31.

May 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State University Wins the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition

U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition provides undergraduates real-world skills they need to enter tomorrow’s clean energy workforce.

May 27, 2016
A new chemical process has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions by transforming CO2 into fuel and useful chemicals. | Image courtesy of NETL.
Scientists Can Recycle CO2 Using Gold

A new process from the National Labs has the potential to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.

May 24, 2016
How to Make a Battery in 7 Steps
How to Make a Battery in 7 Steps

We need batteries for phones, cars and renewable energy. See how scientists make them at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

May 12, 2016
9 Cool Technologies at the Bay Area Maker Faire

Get a glimpse of some of the technologies from our National Labs in the Make | ENERGY Pavilion at the Bay Area Maker Faire. You can look AND touch.

May 11, 2016
Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
INFOGRAPHIC: Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings

Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important.

May 6, 2016
Plastic Bags Might Kickstart the Carbon Capture Industry

Research from the National Labs show that capturing CO2 from plastic bag and packaging plants could kickstart the carbon capture industry in the United States.

May 5, 2016
VIDEO: Getting Started on the Road to Clean Energy

A new program called Cyclotron Road connects clean energy entrepreneurs with the unique resources of our National Labs.

May 3, 2016
Energy and fuels derived from biomass could someday provide a portion of the nation’s energy needs. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory.
The Future of Bioenergy Is in this Book-less Library

One of the National Labs is building a high-tech library of biomass samples and information for bioenergy researchers.

April 28, 2016
This Mega-Science Project Is Going a Mile Underground

One National Lab is searching for the most abundant particles in the universe that we barely know.

April 22, 2016
PHOTOS: 11 Carbon-Fighting Energy Technologies

Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.

April 18, 2016
An artist's rendition of the tough new plastic. | Image courtesy of Mark Robbins, Oak Ridge National Lab.
This New Plastic Is 50% Renewable

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Lab invented a tougher, greener plastic from biomass.

March 30, 2016
Everything you can see is made of normal matter...but that’s only 4 percent of the universe. Find out how the National Labs search for the invisible “dark matter” scientists believe holds galaxies together. | Graphic above by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department. Illustrations below by <a href="/node/1676591">Greg Stewart</a>, SLAC.
Three Ways to Bust Ghostly Dark Matter

How the National Labs hunt for invisible “dark matter" on the Earth’s surface, underground and in space.

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.