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April 11, 2014
The cyclotron, invented by Ernest Lawrence in the 1930s, is a unique circular particle accelerator, which Lawrence himself referred to as a "proton merry-go-round." In reality, the cyclotron specialized in smashing atoms. Part of this atom-smashing process requires very large, very heavy magnets -- sometimes weighing up to 220 tons. In this photo, workers at the Federal Telegraph facility in Menlo Park, California, are smoothing two castings for 80-ton magnets for use in one of Lawrence's cyclotrons at the University of California, Berkeley. Lawrence passed away in 1958 -- and just 23 days later, the Regents of the University of California voted to rename two of the university's nuclear research sites: Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Smashing Atoms with 80-ton Magnets

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April 9, 2014
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Map: Explore the National Labs

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April 4, 2014
On Feb. 18, 2014, Argonne hosted its 19th annual regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at the Chicago Children's Museum. This year, the competition called on teams to build a complex machine that took at least 20 steps to zip a zipper. Pictured here are students from Reavis High School of Burbank, Illinois, who defeated nine other teams in the contest with their Super Mario-themed Rube Goldberg machine.

By winning Argonne's contest, these students will compete in the National High School Rube Goldberg Machine Championship this weekend, on Saturday, April 5, at Waukesha Country Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/sets/72157642213177065#" target="_blank">View more photos from the competition here<a/>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Power Up! Twenty Steps to Zip a Zipper

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April 3, 2014
Slideshow: Building a Better Future One Robot at a Time

High school students are incorporating cutting-edge manufacturing techniques into robots, while pushing the boundaries of research forward.

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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