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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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September 26, 2013
Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know About Supercomputers

In our newest infographic, we explain some of the complex terms associated with the speed, storage and processing on supercomputers; the game changing work being done with them; and the top 8 supercomputers that call the National Labs home.

September 25, 2013
Dr. Erich Strohmaier, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, presents data from the TOP500 list of supercomputers. | Photo courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
10 Questions for a Scientist: Erich Strohmaier

Dr. Erich Strohmaier discusses the evolution of the TOP500 list of supercomputers, his own career and where the field of high performance computing is going next.

September 25, 2013
Introducing the Minorities in Energy Initiative

A new Energy Department initiative seeks to inspire underrepresented Americans to pursue careers in energy fields.

September 20, 2013
This overlay of mass spectrometry images shows the spatial distribution of three different kind of lipids across a whole mouse cross-section. Lipids act as the structural components of cell membranes and are responsible for energy storage, among other things. | Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Reindl (Berkeley Lab).
Supercomputing: Eye-Opening Possibilities in Imaging

OpenMSI, a powerful visualization tool developed by Berkeley Lab, may show the way to everything from better biofuels to more effective medicines.

September 19, 2013
In this photo, two Argonne researchers are pictured with Argonne's first digital computer, AVIDAC. Designed and built by Argonne's Physics Division for $250,000, it began operations on January 28, 1953. AVIDAC stands for "Argonne Version of the Institute's Digital Automatic Computer" and was based on architecture developed by mathematician John von Neumann. Groundbreaking as it was, today's smartphones are far more sophisticated and powerful than this machine. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Throwback Thursday with AVIDAC

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