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October 25, 2013
This artist's rendering illustrates the full site installation, including a new aerosol observing system (far left) and a precipitation radar (far right, with 20-ft tower). The site is located near the Graciosa Island aiport terminal, hidden by the image inset. | Image courtesy of ARM Climate Research Facility.
New Climate Research Centers Forecast Changes and Challenges

Two new observation stations -– in Alaska and the Azore islands -– should reduce uncertainties and improve global climate models.

October 23, 2013
James Edward Westcott was one of the only people permitted to have a camera at the Oak Ridge site during the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. He documented the lives of many of the residents and workers in the “Atomic City,” in the days before Oak Ridge National Laboratory was actually Oak Ridge National Lab.
 
In this February 1945 photo, a young woman is welding in the prefabrication shop building, part of the K-25 uranium separation facilities, one of three Manhattan Project sites in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Many of the men and women who worked on these projects still live in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, today. | Photo by James Edward Westcott, courtesy of DOE & the National Archives.
Photo of the Week: Oak Ridge in 1945

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October 23, 2013
ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Ramon Gonzalez focuses on using microorganisms to convert natural gas into liquid fuel. | Photo courtesy of Jeff Fitlow, Rice University.
ARPA-E Q&A: Transforming How We Get Our Fuel

ARPA-E is exploring ways to use microorganisms to convert natural gas into liquid fuel. Learn what this means for transportation in the U.S.

October 22, 2013
Video: Training Clean Energy Leaders of the Future

Solar Decathlon 2013 might have ended, but it is having a lasting effect on sustainable design and our nation's clean energy leaders.

October 18, 2013
"Energize" Your Neighborhood with Energy-Themed Pumpkins

Now through Halloween, we're highlighting scarily effective ways to save energy -- and money -- at home. Get started with our energy-themed pumpkin stencils!

October 17, 2013
Have you ever heard of Laue lenses? These multilayer lenses are used to focus high-intensity x-ray beams to show the details of nano material structures. In this photo, the drop-like domes were carved through a process called reactive ion etching, which produced the striped bubbles you see in the Laue lens. The prototype in this image helped scientists perfect the process of creating lenses so precise that scientists are able to focus x-rays to within a single nanometer. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Reactive Ion Etching

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September 30, 2013
Lab Breakthrough: Supercomputing Power to Accelerate Fossil Energy Research

Learn how a new supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory will accelerate research into the next generation of fossil fuel systems.

September 30, 2013
Following the competition, Norwich University's Delta T-90 House will make its way to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield, Ohio, where it will take on new life as the “Westcott Experiential Design Lab.” | Photo courtesy of Norwich University.
Solar Decathlon 2013: Life After the Competition

In our final installment in the Solar Decathlon 2013 blog series, we look at what happens to the teams' energy-efficient, solar-powered houses after the competition.

September 30, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Let the Building Begin

Last week, teams began reassembling their houses on the Solar Decathlon competition site. See photo updates from the first week of construction.

September 27, 2013
This aerial photo shows open water and floating ice on ponds, lakes and river channels in the Sagavanirktok River Delta in Alaska’s North Slope. PNNL scientists employed satellite technology to understand the impacts of oil development activities on the environment. Using satellite radar to “see” through the ice, scientists detected critical fish overwintering habitats by identifying where ice was grounded and where it was floating. 
 
Utilizing this information on critical habitats, fishery managers can suggest locations for energy development activities that increase the sustainability of fishery resources and minimize environmental impacts. Research was funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Identifying and Protecting Alaskan Fishery Habitats

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