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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

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

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.

November 18, 2013
Thomas A. Edison in his "Invention Factory," 1901. | Photo courtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Thomas Alva Edison

Some surprising facts about one of the most prolific inventors in U.S. history -- Thomas Edison.

November 18, 2013
Nikola Tesla in or around 1890, when the inventor was in his mid-30s. | Photo is in the public domain. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Top 11 Things You Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla

Learn facts about Nikola Tesla, one of history's most important energy-related inventors and engineers.

November 15, 2013
DNA linkers allow different kinds of nanoparticles to self-assemble and form relatively large-scale nanocomposite arrays. This approach allows for mixing and matching components for the design of multifunctional materials. | Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Complementary Chemistry and Matched Materials

Brookhaven Lab researchers use history’s most successful matchmaker to pair up particles and create new materials with desired properties.