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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.

June 1, 2015
Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall speaks to students and staff at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program in Anchorage, Alaska. | Photo by the Energy Department.
Connecting with Alaska’s People and Power Resources

Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall recently traveled to Alaska, where she met with STEM students, toured an Arctic natural gas project, and met with other officials to discuss liquefied natural gas export projects.

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.