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September 3, 2012
EA-1422-SA-01: Supplement Analysis

Final Site-Wide Environmental Assessment for Sandia National Laboratories/California

August 28, 2012
As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, partners commit to reducing energy use in their buildings by 20 percent or more by 2020 and highlighting a project that showcases their commitment to energy efficiency. Check out the map to learn more about partners' showcase projects in your state and their overall Challenge commitments.
Showcasing California Better Buildings Challenge Partners’ Energy Saving Solutions

A tour of three building upgrades highlights innovative approaches to energy efficiency solutions.

August 24, 2012
For 35 years, the Energy Department has pursued an all-of-the-above energy strategy — and the critical work done at the National Labs has helped put America at the top of the global clean energy race. This photo from 1979 shows a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee opening the world's heaviest hinged door, which was eight feet thick, nearly twelve feet wide, and weighed 97,000 pounds. A special bearing in the hinge allowed a single person to open or close the concrete-filled door, which was used to shield the Rotating Target Neutron Source-II (RTNS-II) -- the world’s most intense source of continuous fusion neutrons. Scientists from around the world used it to study the properties of metals and other materials that could be used deep inside fusion power plants envisioned for the next century. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: How to Open the World's Heaviest Door

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

August 10, 2012
Desalination is normally an energy intensive process, but by collaborating with Energy Department's National Labs Campbell Applied Physics has found a way to make seawater drinkable while using 50 percent less energy. | Photo courtesy of Campbell Applied Physics.
Strengthening U.S. Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing

Desalination is normally an energy intensive process, but by collaborating with Energy Department's National Labs Campbell Applied Physics has found a way to make seawater drinkable.

August 6, 2012
One of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover was taken on the left-rear side of the rover looking directly into the sun. | Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Powering Curiosity: Lab Tech Goes to Mars

Today marks the beginning of Curiosity's two-year mission on the Martian surface to determine whether our neighboring Red Planet supports life now or has in the past.

July 30, 2012
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Founding Partners of Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge sign commitments to reduce energy use in their buildings. | Photo courtesy of the City of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles Has Its Spotlight on Energy Efficiency

The second largest city in the U.S. commits to increasing energy efficiency in 30 million square feet of public and private buildings.

July 27, 2012
EIS-0403: EPA Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States

July 27, 2012
UC Berkeley engineering student Jerome Thai launches one of 100 floating sensors into the Sacramento River.  The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s channel system supports California's agricultural industry and provides drinking water for 22 million Californians. The Floating Sensor Network project is a collaborative effort between the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Berkeley Lab and its National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and UC Berkeley’s Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The project will collect data to help researchers and scientists better understand how water flows from the Delta to pumping stations and the San Francisco Bay. To learn more, check out the Floating Sensor Network's <a href="http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/05/09/floating-sensors-track-delta-water-flow/" target="_blank">press release</a>. | Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt.
Photo of the Week: July 28, 2012

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July 18, 2012
Lab Breakthrough: X-ray Laser Captures Atoms and Molecules in Action

Fifty years ago, this collider gave science its first evidence of quarks. Today, it's revealing the conditions of massive stars and how sunlight splits water into oxygen.