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January 22, 2014
This month, students across the country will begin competing in regional contests for the chance to attend the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.
Adding Students and Multiplying Scientists

This month, students across the country will begin competing in regional contests for the chance to attend the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2014
Located in Berkeley, California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is one of 17 Energy Department National Labs. The site consists of 76 buildings located on 183 acres, which overlook both the University of California at Berkeley campus and the San Francisco Bay. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

From the human genome to dinosaurs, learn about the incredible science happening at Berkeley Lab.

January 15, 2014
During National Mentoring Month we recognize the critical importance of role models to inspire the next generation of energy leaders. Take a look at our new <a href="">#WomeninSTEM video series</a> highlighting inspiring women and role models in STEM and energy fields -- like Carter Wall, shown above. | Photo by Matty Greene, Energy Department.
What Are You Doing for Others? National Mentoring Month at the Energy Department

Celebrating National Mentoring Month by working to support and inspire the next generation of energy leaders.

January 14, 2014
New Video Series Highlights Women in STEM Fields

To tackle climate change and advance America's clean energy future, we need all hands on deck. That's why we're launching #WomeninSTEM -- a video series designed to inspire the next generation of energy leaders ready to lead our clean energy economy.

January 10, 2014
Wind energy is one of the world's fast-growing energy sources -- and many of the regions that could benefit from wind energy happen to be in cold climates.

Since 2005, scientists at GE Global Research have been researching, developing and testing materials in freezing conditions. By developing more efficient materials for wind turbines, researchers can increase turbine efficiency and reduce potential downtime for wind turbines in cold climates.

The teams use Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan, the world's most powerful supercomputer, to simulate hundreds of water droplets as they freeze, with each droplet containing one million molecules. By simulating and studying how water freezes on a molecular level, scientists are gaining an understanding of how ice forms, which will help them design better, more efficient materials for these colder climates. Pictured here is an illustration of a single water droplet, filled with molecules freezing in slow motion. <a href="" target=_blank">Learn more about their research here</a>. | Photo/visualization courtesy of M. Matheson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Cold as Ice — Using Titan to Build More Efficient Wind Turbines

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

January 9, 2014
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New Steps to Strengthen the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

Today President Obama formally launched the Quadrennial Energy Review, a path toward more reliable, secure and environmentally sound production, transmission and consumption of energy in the U.S.

January 8, 2014
This 3-D rendering of a lysozyme molecule shows two gadolinium atoms bound to it. Researchers soaked lysozyme crystals in a solution containing the metal gadolinium to help improve imaging quality in an experiment at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser. The experiment proved that LCLS can resolve the lysozyme structure without using data obtained earlier, and researchers hope to use similar techniques to reconstruct important unsolved proteins. | Photo credit: Max Planck Society.
Protein Puzzles and Scientific Solutions

Learn how researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory solve complicated structures using X-ray savvy and serious computing power.

January 7, 2014
These solar power collection dishes at Sandia National Labs' National Solar Thermal Test Facility are capable of some of the highest solar to electricity conversion. In January 2008, this technology set a new solar-to-grid system conversion efficiency record of 31.25 percent net efficiency rate; the technology is still available to benefit the U.S. by delivering power at all hours of the day by implementing thermal energy storage. CSP with storage provides important benefits to integrate more renewable energy to our electric power supply by mitigating resource variability and satisfying peak demand after sunset.  | Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories.
In-Depth: Cleantech at the National Labs

This month on, we'll be featuring clean energy technologies developed at the Energy Department's National Labs.

January 3, 2014
Our Best Energy Videos of 2013

Check out our best videos from 2013 -- from Secretary Moniz's first day on the job, to the rivalry between Edison and Tesla, to a visit to a solar-powered classroom.

December 31, 2013
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The Year on Our Most Popular Posts of 2013

Solar power, zombie replicants and the Super Bowl all are featured in our top blog posts of 2013.