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May 21, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners are taking aim at solar energy’s “soft costs.” | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Startups Tackle Solar Challenges

The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize is working to make solar power more affordable by supporting tech startups with big ideas on how to solve the solar industry's toughest challenges.

May 14, 2015
Through the Looking Glass: The Art and Science of Hand-Polishing Precision Optics

Peter Thelin is a one-of-a-kind optics specialist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. From telescopes to lasers, he is one of the last people on the planet who can polish precision optics by hand. He even contributed to the preservation of the statue of David.

May 13, 2015
Felipe Gomez of FGC Plasma Solutions developed new, energy-efficient fuel injector technology that enabled the startup to <a href="/node/1047536">win a regional round</a> of the Energy Department's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. He was also honored at a White House event this week celebrating emerging entrepreneurs. | Photo courtesy of FGC Plasma Solutions.
7 Questions for Energy Entrepreneur Felipe Gomez

Felipe Gomez of FGC Plasma Solutions, regional winner of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, was honored by the White House as an emerging entrepreneur.

May 13, 2015
The new technology repels water and reduces the sunlight reflected off a glass surface. | Photo courtesy of Flickr user h080.
Glass Coating Makes Solar Panels More Efficient

Water bounces off, but light doesn’t. That’s good for solar panels and more.

May 8, 2015
Pamela Richmond is one of a vast array of inspiring mothers at the Department of Energy. | Department of Energy photo.
#WomenInSTEM: Moms Who Inspire

The Department of Energy celebrates Mother's Day by recognizing some of the moms making a difference at the Energy Department and at home.

May 6, 2015
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz encourages Science Bowl finalists to continue pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). | Energy Department photo.
What You Missed at the 2015 National Science Bowl Championships

Check out our play-by-play of the competition between some of the brightest high school students in the country.

May 1, 2015
Linda Lewis takes a materials science approach to forensics research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
STICKY FINGERS: How One Researcher is Improving the Science of Fingerprints

She’s a chemist and forensic scientist, and she’s on the hunt to uncover fingerprints.

May 1, 2015
Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case, the ladies of Cycle for Science, high-five on top of the "Welcome to Oregon" sign. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Sol-Cycle: Biking Across America for Science Education

The first in a series of guest blogs from Elizabeth Case and Rachel Woods-Robinson, the ladies behind Cycle for Science, who are biking across America and teaching physics along the way.

April 30, 2015
Dr. Andres Tovar, winner of the ARPA-E LITECAR challenge, is an assistant professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. | Photo courtesy of Dr. Andres Tovar.
8 Questions with Dr. Andres Tovar, Winner of ARPA-E’s LITECAR Challenge

Dr. Andres Tovar won the ARPA-E LITECAR challenge with his ribcage-inspired design. We interviewed him about design, 3D-printing and bones.

April 29, 2015
Doug Roble says math is the backbone of the special effects industry. | Photo courtesy of The Ohio State University.
10 Questions with Special Effects Designer Doug Roble

We spoke with the Academy Award winning special effects designer behind films from "Titanic" to "The Lord of the Rings" about the intersection of STEM and the arts in the movies.