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December 11, 2013
During National Energy Action Month, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts visited the Energy Department in Washington, D.C., to learn about energy and earn merit badges and patches. In this photo, a Boy Scout watches light shine on a solar panel that’s powering a hydrogen fuel cell system, showing how photovoltaic panels work and energy systems can be integrated. Check out <a href="/node/763371" target=_blank">more photos from the scouts’ Energy Action Month workshops</a>. | Photo by Matty Greene, Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: Scouting for Valuable Lessons in Energy

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December 6, 2013
The photo above is of a cryogenically cooled target in the National Ignition Facility as "seen" by the laser through the hohlraum's laser entrance hole. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

From nuclear security to supercomputing, Lawrence Livermore National Lab is leading the way in science and technological innovation.

December 5, 2013
Researchers at Berkeley Lab helped develop the first energy-efficient dual-paned windows, now used in buildings and homes worldwide for billions of dollars in energy savings. Current windows research in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab is aimed at developing new glazing materials, windows simulation software and other advanced high-performance window systems. The building shown here, located at Berkeley Lab, is a windows testing facility. | Photo courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The First Energy-Efficient Dual-Paned Windows

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December 4, 2013
In the photo above, a robot investigates a bomb threat at an arcade during the 2013 Robot Rodeo at Sandia Labs. The operators are not allowed to turn on the lights or turn off the machines, complicating the operation. | Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
Special Feature: National Security & Public Safety at the National Labs

This month on energy.gov, learn how the National Labs are advancing the national security and public safety interests of the United States.

December 2, 2013
Recap: Energy Efficiency at the National Labs

Learn how the Energy Department's National Labs are helping consumers and businesses save energy and money.

November 25, 2013
Electricity pioneer Charles Proteus Steinmetz (center in light-colored suit) poses with Albert Einstein (immediate left) and other inventors at the RCA Brunswick, New Jersey, wireless station in 1921. | Photo courtesy of Franklin Township Public Library Archive.
Beyond Tesla and Edison: Other Luminaries from the Age of Electricity

From electric chairs to machine guns to Gila monsters, learn more about the great minds and eccentric characters who were contemporaries of Edison and Tesla in the early days of electricity.

November 22, 2013
Edison vs. Tesla: Toasting a Rivalry That Drove Innovation

Test your knowledge of energy inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla with our downloadable "Who Said It?" quote quiz cards.

November 22, 2013
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Read more about the <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/history-light-bulb">History of the Light Bulb</a>.</div></div></div>
The History of the Light Bulb

From incandescent bulbs to fluorescents to LEDs, we're exploring the long history of the light bulb.

November 21, 2013
This week, the Energy Department's digital team has been focusing on the rivalry between two of history's most important energy-related engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison and Tesla's developments in electric power generation and distribution made possible many later breakthroughs. This 1951 photo shows a simple string of four 100-watt light bulbs powered by the first useful electricity ever produced by nuclear power, generated on December 20, 1951, by Argonne's Experimental Breeder Reactor 1. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Bright Ideas

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November 21, 2013
From Tesla's Lab to Los Alamos: Powerful Magnets Come Full Circle

Learn about the most powerful non-destructive magnet in the world -- and how Nikola Tesla's work more than a century ago makes it possible.