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Recent News from the National Labs

June 19, 2015
6 New Things Happening with Biofuels

The science and industry of biofuels is changing rapidly. See what’s new with the fuels of the future.

June 16, 2015
#SpaceWeek: Science of the Cosmos

During #SpaceWeek we covered the Department of Energy's space expertise, from nuclear-powered spacecraft to lightsabers used in Star Wars. (Really.) Here's what you missed.

June 16, 2015
Innovations in clean energy like wind power are a crucial part of fighting climate change. | Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy Loan Programs Office.
Mobilizing $4 Billion in Private-Sector Support for Clean Energy Innovation

The Department is hosting a Clean Energy Investment Summit at the White House to spur the development of new, clean-energy technologies.

June 12, 2015
This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Mojave" site on Mount Sharp, combining dozens of images taken in January 2015. The circle visible at the top of the rover's mast is part of the ChemCam instrument developed in part by Los Alamos National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Quick Fix Gives Mars Rover’s ChemCam Sharper Vision

A software fix released by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists has produced sharper images from the NASA Curiosity rover's ChemCam, which uses a laser and camera to hunt for traces of water on Mars.

June 11, 2015
Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies, which lies about 60 million light years from Earth -- in other words, far, far away. | Photo courtesy of the Dark Energy Survey Collaboration.
The Next Dimension of Mapping the Universe: The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument or DESI will help scientists uncover the mystery of dark energy by mapping the universe in three dimensions.

June 10, 2015
With around one thousand active satellites and the tens of thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting Earth, space is getting exceedingly crowded. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are working on a system that could help prevent collisions in space. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Preventing Space Traffic Jams

With space getting exceedingly crowded, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are working on a system that could help prevent collisions in space.

June 9, 2015
In the infographic above, learn about the space missions, past and present, where technology from the Energy Department and its National Labs has made discovery possible. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Infographic: Where in Space is the Energy Department?

Since the beginning of the space race, the Energy Department and its National Labs have been supplying the space power systems and instruments that make missions across our solar system, and the discoveries they uncover, possible.

June 8, 2015
The Energy of Star Wars: A Google+ Hangout

Calling all Star Wars fans! Chat with our experts about energy in the Star Wars universe, from lightsabers to landspeeders, on a Google+ Hangout at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, June 12, 2015.

June 8, 2015
Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Join us for #SpaceWeek

From nuclear-powered spacecraft to the energy in Star Wars, join us all week to explore science on the cosmic frontier.

June 2, 2015
Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case of Cycle for Science in front of the world's first nuclear power plant at Idaho National Lab. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Mountains, and Teachers, and a Bear, Oh My!

Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case, the ladies of Cycle for Science, check in from South Dakota in their second guest blog post.