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April 3, 2013
Dr. Karl Gschneidner is holding a neodymium-iron-boron magnet produced using a new, greener process. The process that Dr. Gschneidner helped develop doesn’t produce the environmentally unfriendly byproducts that result from traditional manufacturing methods. | Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth -- Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

A jack-of-all-trades, Dr. Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics. In this edition of 10 Questions, Dr. Gschneidner shares insights into his research of rare earth materials.

April 1, 2013
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs the robot of Hardin Valley Academy's FIRST robotics team during the dedication of DOE's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The RoHAWKtics team (named after their school mascot) spent an intense six weeks constructing the robot, using design, engineering, and problem-solving skills. The team will be moving on to a national competition in April. Learn more about the <a href="http://www.ornl.gov/info/features/get_feature.cfm?FeatureNumber=f20130401-00">FIRST competition</a>. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: RoHAWKtics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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March 18, 2013
Hoffman Estates High School Team #1. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Hoffman Estates wins Argonne's Rube Goldberg Contest

In this year's annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, teams competed to build a complex machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail.

March 18, 2013
Last week, Argonne National Laboratory hosted the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which gathered nine high school teams in a competition to build a series of simples tasks, combining the principles of physics and engineering. By using common objects like marbles and bicycle parts, the students were assigned to build a machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail. In this photo, members of a Hoffman Estates High School team works on assembling a Toyland-themed Rube Goldberg machine. Check out more <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/sets/72157633023662385/with/8568153243/" target="_blank">photos of the competition's complex and colorful Rube Goldberg machines</a>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: More than One Way to Hammer a Nail

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March 18, 2013
Graphic by <a href="http://energy.gov/diversity/listings/women-energy">Sarah Gerrity</a>.
Making STEM Personal: Introducing the Women @ Energy Series

Hear from women who work to solve some of the nation's toughest challenges through their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and learn how you can follow in their footsteps.

March 12, 2013
Student teams present their ideas for improving commercial building efficiency before a panel of commercial real estate and energy experts. | Photo courtesy of Jessie Knapstein, the Energy Department.
Students Develop Innovative Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings

As part of the second annual Better Buildings Case Competition, some of the country's brightest young minds presented their ideas on ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency.

March 11, 2013
Assistant Secretary Chris Smith meets with UT undergraduate students studying geological research. | Photo by David M. Stephens, The University of Texas at Austin.
Building Connections with State Researchers

Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Chris Smith travels to Texas to spread the message of smart and sustainable fossil energy development.

March 8, 2013
Photo courtesy of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
10 Questions for a Nuclear Physicist: Dr. Njema Frazier

What drives someone to pursue a career in theoretical nuclear physics? Read the latest installment of our 10 Questions series to find out.

March 8, 2013
Idaho State University's National Geothermal Student Competition team presenting their research findings at the 2012 Geothermal Resources Council spring/summer meeting. | Photo courtesy of the Geothermal Resources Council.
University Competition Leads to Geothermal Breakthroughs

Learn how students are leading groundbreaking research to help expand the development of America's vast geothermal energy resources.

March 5, 2013
Wrapping Up: Our Conversation on Increasing Diversity in STEM Education and the Workforce

A recap of our discussion on increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and math fields.