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July 2, 2015
The 42,000 sq. ft. Carbon Fiber Technology Facility offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers, and serves as the last step before commercial production scale.
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Set To Scale Up Industry

The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF) at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a unique, highly flexible, highly instrumented research space for demonstrating ways to scale up and bring down testing costs of carbon-fiber prototypes for use in new polymers and products to manufacture larger land-based wind turbine blades and lighter vehicles with improved fuel efficiency. The 42,000-square-foot facility can make up to 25 tons of carbon fiber each year, enabling industry to experiment with new carbon-fiber precursors, or base materials, at a small scale.

July 2, 2015
The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Native Students Share Ideas on STEM Education, Get Hands-On Experience

On Tuesday, June 30, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene joined other Native American leaders and federal officials at the Science Museum of Minnesota at an event organized to encourage Native students to pursue studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

July 2, 2015
Fireworks light up the sky over Washington, D.C. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
5 Facts About Fireworks

Happy Fourth of July! Learn about the science of fireworks with these energy-related facts.

July 2, 2015
Elizabeth and Rachel visit a YWCA in Waterloo, Iowa. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Rain or Shine: We Cycle for Science

Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case check-in after another month of biking across the country to teach science, talk with teachers and encourage girls to study STEM.

July 1, 2015
History of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve or SPR is an emergency stockpile of oil located in salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts. Learn more about the SPR, how it came to be and what it does in our latest timeline.

June 30, 2015
Alaska Native Village to Become a Model for Sustainable Northern Communities

In the tiny Native village of Oscarville, Alaska, state and federal agencies are joining forces to tackle tough challenges that are endemic to rural Alaska: high energy costs, unemployment, the changing climate, deteriorating and inefficient housing, and lack of infrastructure, to name just a few.

June 30, 2015
From Flour to Grits, a Water-Powered Mill Keeps on Grinding

A mill owned and operated for six generations by the Weisenberger family has been grinding grains in the heart of Kentucky since the Civil War. In 1862, August Weisenberger emigrated from Baden, Germany, to start milling grains in Midway, Kentucky. He purchased the existing three-story stone mill on the banks of South Elkhorn Creek in 1865—the perfect location to harness water power to operate the mill.

June 30, 2015
Cleanup Performance Prompts Contract Changes at Hanford’s River Corridor

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office has added an additional year to the current River Corridor Closure contract held by Washington Closure Hanford (WCH).

June 30, 2015
Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project retrieval crews safely remove the final box from Pad 1, Cell 2 located in the Transuranic Storage Area Retrieval Enclosure. On the left, the original box was degraded and could not be retrieved intact, so crews removed its contents and overpacked them in three REBOX, which are large wooden containers. On the right, each of the three REBOXs were placed into Bull Run Soft-Sided Overpacks before being exported from the enclosure.
Innovative Idaho Site Crews Find Ways to Make Waste Retrieval Safer, More Efficient

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – It’s comparable in size to an aircraft, and it was once packed with above-ground transuranic waste.

June 30, 2015
Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing SRS after grouting activities on Tank 16 began in June.
Grouting Begins on Next SRS Waste Tank

AIKEN, S.C. – Cement trucks hauling specially-formulated grout are once again traversing the Savannah River Site (SRS) after grouting activities on the next underground radioactive liquid waste storage tank began this month.