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February 4, 2013
At two miles long, SLAC's linear particle accelerator is a monster of a machine. But now, thanks to an old collection of Legos and some creative work by SLAC graphic designer Greg Stewart, the two-mile accelerator has been drastically reduced in size. After happening upon his Legos at home one night, Stewart decided to spend his evening designing, building and photographing this Lego diorama homage to the inside of the SLAC linac, a place that's 20 feet underground and not often seen by anyone besides the accelerator engineers who work there. SLAC's safety officers will even be pleased to see the Lego workers wearing their "PPE" (personal protective equipment, in this case helmets). See an actual <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slaclab/8282691008/" target="_blank">photo of the SLAC linac</a>. | Photo courtesy of Greg Stewart, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Lego Rendition of SLAC National Laboratory's Linear Particle Accelerator

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January 25, 2013
In this 1939 photo, Eric and Margaret Lawrence are sitting inside the tank of something called the 60-inch cyclotron -- a machine invented by their father, Ernest Lawrence. The cyclotron 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. Fun facts: this cyclotron contains a magnet that weighs 220 tons, and experiments conducted on this very machine led to the discovery of plutonium and Nobel Prizes for researchers Glenn Seaborg and Melvin Calvin. Ernest Lawrence passed away in 1958 -- 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: Inside the 60-Inch Cyclotron

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January 8, 2013
Brian Webster installs rooftop solar panels on a home in Englewood, Colorado. The Energy Department is working to streamline rooftop solar installations so that its faster, easier and cheaper for Americans to go solar. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL.
Finding Solutions to Solar's Soft Cost Dilemma

We are continuing to push until the obstacles preventing wide-scale solar adoption are a thing of the past.

December 28, 2012
This 1978 photo shows two workers inside the Mirror Fusion Test Facility, a magnetic confinement fusion device designed and built at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In this experiment, magnetic mirrors are placed at both ends of a central magnetic tube. Very hot and dense plasmas inside each mirror enhanced the confinement of another plasma inside the central tube, where the bulk of the fusion would occur. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Inside the Tandem Mirror Experiment

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December 19, 2012
Soitec's concentrating photovoltaic modules use Fresnel lenses to concentrate sunlight 500 times and focus it onto small, high-efficiency solar cells. | Photo by Matthias Heyde, Fraunhofer Institute.
Keeping America Competitive: A Solar Manufacturing Boost In San Diego

A new solar facility opening in San Diego marks an important step in the effort to strengthen our domestic manufacturing prowess.

December 7, 2012
Solar Junction, in partnership with NREL, has developed solar cells that reach a record-breaking 44 percent efficiency -- meaning that more than 40 percent of the sunlight the solar cells are exposed to is converted into electrical energy. In this photo, an operator inspects a photolithography tool used to manufacture these solar cells. | Photo by Daniel Derkacs/SolarJunction.
Photo of the Week: Record-Breaking Solar Cells

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November 29, 2012
Energy Department Support Brings Game-Changing Advancements in Solar Energy

From triple ROIs to significant cost reductions -- breaking down the impact of Energy Department investments on the U.S. solar industry.

November 19, 2012
This ChargePoint station is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Stevenson, WA, -- an area that is adjacent to the city's shops, restaurants, spas and art galleries. | Photo courtesy of Port of Skamania.
EV Charging Stations Take Off Across America

Finding a charging station is getting more convenient than ever thanks to companies like ChargePoint, which recently finished installing 4,600 charging stations across the United States.

November 16, 2012
At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists are using the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests, also known as FACET, to research accelerator science and high-energy density physics.  SLAC's particle accelerator may be two miles long, but researchers at FACET are working to develop more compact versions that could be widely used in medicine and industry -- particle accelerators are used for cancer research, processing computer chips, and even producing the shrink wrap used to keep your Thanksgiving turkey fresh. In this photo, Stanford graduate student Spencer Gessner assembles a camera that will monitor an X-ray spectrometer designed to measure FACET's beam energy. Learn more about <a href="http://youtu.be/IA5pksr_gfY">how FACET works</a>. | Photo courtesy of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: What Does a Particle Accelerator Have in Common with Your Thanksgiving Turkey?

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October 17, 2012
Examination Report: OAS-RA-13-03

Community Action Partnership of Orange County – Weatherization Assistance Program Funds Provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009