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August 26, 2016
5 Back-to-School Resources to Help You Learn About Energy

Just in time for back-to-school, we're sharing some of our great brain-boosting educational resources to help teach the science behind the energy that powers our modern world.

August 25, 2016
The Science of Small Revealed Using a Penny
The Science of Small

Scientists at Berkeley Lab wrote on this penny with an ion beam to show off how cool nanoscience research can be.

August 18, 2016
 Plants capture CO2 and convert it into sugars that store energy. | Public Domain photo.
A New Leaf: Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Fuel

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory found a way to recycle CO2 back into fuel, much the same way plants absorb and convert it.

August 18, 2016
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems 100 kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power

Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.

August 17, 2016
This Lab Does Top Secret Research. Take a Look Inside.

The world’s largest laser and a 3D-printed rocket engine await you inside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

August 11, 2016
A CO2 laser melts a rod of solid sapphire and draws a sapphire optical fiber. Sapphire has a high melting point, which can withstand the brutal conditions inside gas turbine engines and solid oxide fuel cells. | Photo courtesy of National Energy Technology Laboratory.
The Rugged World of Harsh Environment Sensors

National Lab scientists are building special sensors to see and hear inside turbine engines, boilers, gasifiers and fuel cells.

August 5, 2016
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department

We separate fact from fiction in the new Netflix series "Stranger Things."

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 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.