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September 5, 2013
Fun fact: Most systems require air conditioning or chilled water to cool super powerful supercomputers, but the Olympus supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is cooled by the location's 65 degree groundwater. Traditional cooling systems could cost up to $61,000 in electricity each year, but this more efficient setup uses 70 percent less energy. PNNL's scientists use the Olympus supercomputer to conduct advanced research in areas such as energy storage and future power grid development. This supercomputer has the ability to compute as fast as about 20,000 typical personal computers combined. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Photo of the Week: The Olympus Supercomputer

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September 4, 2013
Supercomputers: Extreme Computing at the National Labs

Sometimes big science requires big resources. Over the next month, we'll be highlighting one of those big resources -- supercomputers -- on energy.gov.

August 29, 2013
Super HILAC (Super Heavy Ion Linear Accelerator) was one of the first particle accelerators that could accelerate heavier elements to “atom-smashing” speeds. The device was built in 1972 and played a significant role in four decades of scientific research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In addition to being the launchpad for a variety of major experiments, the Super HILAC was crucial in the discovery of five superheavy elements.
 
In this photo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Bob Stevenson and Frank Grobelch are sitting inside the Super HILAC’s poststripper. The maze of piping behind them is meant to circulate cooling water through the accelerator. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Inside the Super HILAC

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August 28, 2013
Lab Breakthrough: How Energy Department Research Saves Lives

Learn how an alloy developed by the National Energy Technology Lab is moving markets and saving lives.

August 27, 2013
VIDEO: Moniz Talks Energy and Climate Policy

Catch the Secretary's speech from Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy, where he spoke about the need for strong, common-sense policies that will minimize the risks of a changing climate.

August 26, 2013
Argonne National Lab scientists Jeff Elam (left) and Anil Mane’s work in nanocomposite charge drain coatings represents a significant breakthrough in the efforts to develop microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS. This new technology earned one of the 36 R&D 100 awards from R&D Magazine that the National Labs took home in 2013. | Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
From Innovation to Commercialization: Tech Transfer at the National Labs

Learn about the various methods the National Laboratories use to get lab tech to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

August 26, 2013
Our Women @ Energy series is one way we're spreading the word about women leaders, including <a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/514677063635644149/">Mayling Wong-Squires</a> (left), a Mechanical Engineer at the Energy Department's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Why We Fight -- Celebrating Women's Equality Day

Honoring Women's Equality Day by renewing our commitment to securing opportunities for women in the energy sector.

August 23, 2013
EM Office of External Affairs Acting Communications Director Dave Borak talks with EM intern Valerie Edwards. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Internships Help Future Energy Leaders Gain Hands-On Experience

What's it like interning at the Energy Department? We interviewed one intern to find out.

August 21, 2013
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are using predictive tools to understand ecological changes driven by frequent fires due to invasive plant species in California’s Mojave Desert. In collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists are integrating recent advances in fire science and remote sensing tools to characterize the relationship between non-native invasive plant species and wildfire in the desert under current and changing climate conditions. The satellite image shown here is of the Mojave Desert transformed to principal components highlighting geologic formations, land use and vegetation cover. | Image courtesy of PNNL scientist Jerry Tagestad and the U.S. Global Land Cover Facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Photo of the Week: Mapping the Link between Invasive Plants and Wildfire in the Mojave Desert

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August 21, 2013
#ActOnClimate: Secretary Moniz's First Three Months

It's been three months since Secretary Moniz took office. Learn how he's been a leader on climate change since Day One.