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February 24, 2014
Day 1 at 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

Knowledge and networking were key themes during the first day of ARPA-E's Energy Innovation Summit. Learn more.

February 24, 2014
President Barack Obama talks with Evan Jackson, 10, Alec Jackson, 8, and Caleb Robinson, 8, from McDonough, Ga., while looking at exhibits at the White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room, April 22, 2013. The sports-loving grade-schoolers created a new product concept to keep athletes cool and helps players maintain safe body temperatures on the field. | Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.
We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month

Join the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy for a Google+ Hangout celebrating Black History Month.

February 21, 2014
On June 6, 2013, researchers at Jefferson Lab completed the construction of the Forward Calorimeter in Hall D. The calorimeter was built to measure the energy of particles as they are created inside the target area and strike against lead glass blocks that make up the calorimeter. Upon striking the calorimeter, the particles will create a shower of light, which will then be digitized and used to measure energy of particles.
 
In this photo, John Leckey, a postdoctoral researcher from Indiana University, is assembling the Forward Calorimeter in Jefferson Lab's newest experimental area, Hall D. Leckey helped assemble the calorimeter along with Manuel Lara and Daniel Bennett, postgraduate students from Indiana University. The calorimeter contains 2,800 lead glass blocks.
 
| Photo courtesy of Jefferson National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The Forward Calorimeter

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February 20, 2014
The photo above shows one of the beam lines at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source, a national user facility available for use by scientists and researchers from the federal government, academia and the private sector. | Photo courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab.
Amazing Materials and the Emerging Field of Spintronics

Berkeley Lab and SLAC have discovered a 3D counterpart to graphene with potentially wide-ranging applications.

February 20, 2014
At the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase, the U.S. Marine Corps table featured a special vest with built-in solar cells, while the U.S. Army table highlighted a vest with a built-in fuel cell battery -- two ways to help efficiently power technology for American soldiers. | Photo by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Energy Innovators to Convene for 2014 ARPA-E Summit

What you can expect to see at this year's ARPA-E Summit.

February 18, 2014
An artist's conception of the measurement scale of the universe. Baryon acoustic oscillations are the tendency of galaxies and other matter to cluster in spheres, which originated as density waves traveling through the plasma of the early universe. The clustering is greatly exaggerated in this illustration. The radius of the spheres (white line) is the scale of a "standard ruler" allowing astronomers to determine, within one percent accuracy, the large-scale structure of the universe and how it has evolved. | Image courtesy of Zosia Rostomian, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
A Map Made in the Heavens

Scientists pair precise observations with incredible computing power to create an astonishingly accurate map of the universe.

February 13, 2014
Solar Decathlon 2015: Let the Competition Begin

We're officially kicking off Solar Decathlon 2015 with the announcement of 20 new collegiate teams. Find out who will compete!

February 11, 2014
Video: Honoring Science that Matters with the Enrico Fermi Award

Learn more about 2013 Enrico Fermi Award winners Dr. Allen Bard and Dr. Andy Sessler and their contributions to science, technology and human rights.

February 6, 2014
In this 1972 photo, two scientists worked in improved supplied-air suits, which protected workers from toxic environments and protected controlled atmospheric areas from exposure to human emissions. The suits were developed at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant in Tennessee. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: Air Supply

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February 4, 2014
Interview with ARPA-E: The Future of Semiconductors

Learn how next-generation power conversion devices could transform how power is controlled and converted through the grid, increasing reliability and saving energy and money.