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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.

March 4, 2014
With around one thousand active satellites and the tens of thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting Earth, space is getting exceedingly crowded. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are working on a system that could help prevent collisions in space. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Preventing Space Traffic Jams

With space getting exceedingly crowded, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are working on a system that could help prevent collisions in space.

March 4, 2014
In the infographic above, learn about the space missions, past and present, where technology from the Energy Department and its National Labs has made discovery possible. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Infographic: Where in Space is the Energy Department?

Since the beginning of the space race, the Energy Department and its National Labs have been supplying the space power systems and instruments that make missions across our solar system, and the discoveries they uncover, possible.

March 3, 2014
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 on dark energy -- the theoretical force that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate -- at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 7th. Submit your questions to <a href="https://twitter.com/energy">@energy</a> using <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LabChat&src=typd&f=realtime">#LabChat</a>, leave a comment on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/energygov/photos/a.289831064381327.73609.134652126565889/721627304535032/?type=1&stream_ref=10">Facebook</a>, or send an e-mail to newmedia@hq.doe.gov.
#SpaceWeek: Science on the Cosmic Frontier

This week on Energy.gov, join us as we explore science on the cosmic frontier, including powering space travel, exploring planets, and building a star here on Earth.

February 28, 2014
 Last week, 79 Chicago-area high school students visited the Energy Department's Argonne National Lab for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," an educational outreach program designed to give 8th-grade girls an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 
While at the Lab, the girls participated in tours to explore different aspects of the Lab's work -- from learning about the organisms that live in soil to floating small objects in mid-air with an acoustic levitator. In the afternoon, the girls were given a car chassis with a motor and challenged to figure out the types of wheels and pulleys needed to build a battery operated transmission. At an engineering expo, the girls were able to learn about the inner workings of various scientific concepts -- from tornadoes to magnets and beyond. Throughout the day, the girls heard from scientists in a number of fields, including keynote speaker Joanne Manaster, a faculty lecturer in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

In the photo above, two students work with an Argonne National Lab scientist to complete the "Automotive Tycoon" challenge. | Photo courtesy of Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Getting a Head Start for Women in STEM

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February 26, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz highlighted the importance of clean energy technologies to the global transition to a low-carbon future. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Day 3 at the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

As the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit came to a close, energy leaders focus on bringing ideas from the lab to the market.

February 26, 2014
All-of-the-Above is Making a Difference Across America

President Obama’s plan to develop all sources of American energy is helping the U.S. fight climate change, increase energy security and create opportunities for middle class families.