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Recent News from the National Labs

May 3, 2016
Energy and fuels derived from biomass could someday provide a portion of the nation’s energy needs. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory.
The Future of Bioenergy Is in this Book-less Library

One of the National Labs is building a high-tech library of biomass samples and information for bioenergy researchers.

April 28, 2016
Small Particles, Big Science: The International LBNF/DUNE Project
This Mega-Science Project Is Going a Mile Underground

One National Lab is searching for the most abundant particles in the universe that we barely know.

April 26, 2016
A detailed view of the diamond wafers scientists use to get a better measure of spinning electrons. | Photo courtesy of Jefferson Lab.
Why Physics Needs Diamonds

Getting a better measure of spinning electrons requires really hard materials.

April 22, 2016
PHOTOS: 11 Carbon-Fighting Energy Technologies

Scroll through the photo gallery to see just a few of the ways the Energy Department is addressing climate change through technologies that cut carbon pollution, grow the economy and protect the planet.

April 18, 2016
An artist's rendition of the tough new plastic. | Image courtesy of Mark Robbins, Oak Ridge National Lab.
This New Plastic Is 50% Renewable

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Lab invented a tougher, greener plastic from biomass.

March 30, 2016
Everything you can see is made of normal matter...but that’s only 4 percent of the universe. Find out how the National Labs search for the invisible “dark matter” scientists believe holds galaxies together. | Graphic above by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department. Illustrations below by <a href="/node/1676591">Greg Stewart</a>, SLAC.
Three Ways to Bust Ghostly Dark Matter

How the National Labs hunt for invisible “dark matter" on the Earth’s surface, underground and in space.

March 28, 2016
Cleaner auto emissions is just one way catalysis research is helping to solve big problems. | Image courtesy of PNNL.
Meeting America’s Pressing Needs -- One Reaction at a Time

How chemistry at the National Labs is helping drive clean energy forward.

March 25, 2016
How two sets of twin sisters became best friends and found careers through science. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956/">Carly Wilkins, Energy Department</a>.
Sisters in Science

How two sets of twin sisters became best friends and found careers through science.

March 24, 2016
Astronaut Ellen Ochoa is our fourth and final woman in STEM #ThrowbackThursday for 2016. | Illustration by <a href="/node/1332956/">Carly Wilkins, Energy Department</a>.
Five Fast Facts about Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa is the director of the Johnson Space Center, the first Hispanic woman to go into space and the fourth woman in STEM we're highlighting during Women's History Month.

March 22, 2016
The Science Behind “The Martian” -- Staying Warm on Mars

How science fiction relies on science fact from one of the National Labs.