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April 3, 2014
Recap: Advancing Scientific Innovation at the National Labs

Learn how the National Labs are advancing scientific innovation through user facilities and industry partnerships.

April 2, 2014
The PHENIX detector at Brookhaven National Lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a type of particle accelerator, records many different particles emerging from RHIC collisions, including photons, electrons, muons, and quark-containing particles called hadrons. The detector is shown here in a disassembled condition during maintenance. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
The Science of the Very Fast and Very Small

This month on Energy.gov, follow along as we explore the contributions of the Energy Department's National Labs to the exciting science behind particle accelerators and nanotechnology.

March 28, 2014
Most times, the effects of corrosion are studied with regard to the metal surface. In a new study, researchers looked at the effects that corrosion has on the water and dissolved ions doing the corroding. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
New Perspective on a Corrosive Problem

Supercomputers give Argonne Lab scientists new insight into the critical transition that drives the creation of corrosive conditions.

March 27, 2014
History of Women at the Energy Department

Highlighting the work of women trailblazers at the Energy Department.

March 20, 2014
Over the past several years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has invested in providing state-of-the-art tools to help scientists understand and explore their data. 
 
In this photo, researchers are investigating the details of an astronomical simulation in the CAVE (cave automatic virtual environment) -- a cube-shaped room with high-resolution projections on all six surfaces. Using 3D glasses, these researchers can see objects floating in air, and even walk around the objects, allowing them to observe simulations from all angles. | Photo by LeRoy Sanchez, LANL.
Photo of the Week: The CAVE at LANL

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March 14, 2014
Happy Pi Day! Today, NASA released this awesome photo of a NASA-themed pie with NASA's Pleiades supercomputer at Moffett Field, near Mountain View, California. Fun fact: in 2011, researchers calculated the sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared. The work behind the calculation was based on a mathematical formula discovered more than a decade ago by David H. Bailey, the Energy Department's Chief Technologist of the Computational Research Department at Berkeley National Lab. <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/supercomputers-crack-sixty-trillionth-binary-digit-pi-squared" target="_blank">Learn more about their calculations here</a>. Photo courtesy of NASA.
Photo of the Week: Pi + NASA + Supercomputing

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March 12, 2014
The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policymakers to devise actionable ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency. Last year, Yale's team (pictured here) won best proposal for their solution on how the federal government could meet energy-savings goals in government buildings across the United States. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Tapping University Students for Energy Efficiency Business Solutions

Learn how university students are developing energy efficiency solutions that private-sector organizations and state and local governments can replicate.

March 7, 2014
This week on Energy.gov, we’ve covered space and beyond -- from technologies at our National Labs that are working to prevent traffic jams in space, to infographics about collecting space-based solar power, to the real-world scientific counterparts to lightsabers. Throughout it all, we've featured experts at the Energy Department and National Labs who are contributing to the U.S. space program.
 
This photo of the Milky Way Galaxy was taken near the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, about 500 km north of Santiago, Chile. The observatory is home to a four-meter telescope, part of the Dark Energy Survey, which is a research collaboration between institutions from the U.S., Brazil, U.K., Germany, Spain and Switzerland. The survey aims to explore the dynamics of the universe’s expansion. | Photo by Reidar Hahn, Dark Energy Survey, Fermilab.
Photo of the Week: The Cosmic Frontier

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March 7, 2014
Science fiction has envisioned many ways that mankind might be able to explore distant galaxies, like the spiral galaxy M106 pictured here, but what is science fiction and what could one day be science fact? | Photo Credit: NASA.
Warp Speed and Lightsabers: Energy Science Fiction vs Energy Science

From powering space travel to energizing weapons, energy technology plays a prominent role in science fiction. Experts from the National Labs help us separate the fact from the fiction.

March 5, 2014
Creating a Star on Earth

At the Energy Department's Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, scientists are trying to accomplish what was once considered the realm of science fiction: creating a star on Earth.