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November 19, 2015
The economic potential for renewable power technologies, particularly wind and solar, has more than tripled as a result of cost reductions since 2010, according to a new NREL report.
New Report: Renewable Power Economic Potential Has More Than Tripled

The promise and appeal of renewable energy has long been clear: clean, inexhaustible, domestically sourced electricity could lead to enormous environmental, economic and resiliency benefits. For many years, the narrative included the caveat “…but it’s too expensive.” That story is changing fast, however, thanks to falling renewable energy technology costs, which should help renewable energy continue to grow across the United States.

November 18, 2015
Infographic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a> and <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>.
INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know About Supercomputers

Learn about supercomputers and why they're important for science, energy and national security.

November 18, 2015
TIMELINE: 60 Years of Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Explore the 60-year history of computing at one of the nation's top laboratories, and find out what's next.

November 18, 2015
Road Tripping through the Geothermal Frontier

And they’re off! After more than a year since the announcement of available funding, the project teams selected for our Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) each hosted our geothermal experts at their candidate sites this fall. We’re calling it our road trip through the geothermal frontier.

November 17, 2015
Intrepid Museum Hosts STEM Mentoring Café

By The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Middle school girls and other curious students had the chance to meet with role models in STEM fields at STEM Mentoring Café—a morning of “speed mentoring” hosted by the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, November 14.

November 16, 2015
Officials with EM and NSF are pictured. Standing, left to right: Jeff Trinkle, NSF Program Director, NRI, and Robust Intelligence Information and Intelligent Systems Division; Lynne Parker, NSF Program Manager, NRI; Fay Cook, NSF Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney; and EM Senior Technical Advisor Rodrigo Rimando. Seated, left to right: James Kurose, NSF Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; and EM Assistant Secretary Monica Regalbuto.
EM and National Science Foundation Partner for Nuclearized Robotics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), which was originally chartered by President Obama in 2011 to accelerate the development and use of robots in the U.S. that work beside and in cooperation with people.

November 16, 2015
The Chinese delegation is pictured with EM officials at SRS, left to right: Liang Chen (CNNC), Zhao Zhou (CNNC), Lee Fox (SRS), Riu Su (CNNC), Ben Rivera (EM Headquarters), Liuyi Duan (CAEA), Jack Craig, (SRS), Vijay Jain (SRS), Pat Suggs (SRS), James R. Giusti (SRS), and Xuebing Song (CNNC).
Chinese Delegation Meets with EM Officials in its First Visit to Savannah River Site

AIKEN, S.C. – A delegation from two nuclear-related entities in China visited the Savannah River Site (SRS) for the first time last month, and its members agreed with EM officials to discuss potential areas of collaboration in waste treatment and disposal and to establish collaborative technology projects.

November 16, 2015
EM’s Carol Ward, center, holds a certificate honoring her first-place finish in the 2015 Feds Feed Families Chili Cookoff as she stands with the competition’s judges and organizer. Also pictured are EM employees John Lee, far left, and Marlenia Murray, right of Lee, who were recognized for donating 250 pounds of nonperishables to the Feds Feed Families drive.
EM Makes Strong Showing in Federal Food Drive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM made a strong showing in this year’s Feds Feed Families drive, contributing 46,493 pounds of food across the DOE complex and topping it off by winning top prize in a government-wide chili cookoff held at the Department’s headquarters.

November 16, 2015
Photos of the Hanford Site’s 300 Area from 1982 (above) and 2015 (below) show dramatic changes visible after cleanup of more than 200 facilities and 300 waste sites. One facility, the 324 Building, remains for remediation, and a few buildings will continue to be used by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is part of DOE’s network of national laboratories.
Hanford’s 300 Area Sees Dramatic Progress

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and its contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have made tremendous progress in cleaning up areas along the Columbia River at the Hanford Site in the past 10 years. The progress is especially visible in the 300 Area, a former industrial area that covered 1,700 acres at the site’s southern edge.

November 16, 2015
The ruins of a Swedish hillfort site are shown here.
Ancient Glass in Swedish Hillforts May Shed Light on Immobilizing Nuclear Waste

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) is looking to the past to help with its future by studying how ancient glass has fared through the centuries and how it compares to the results of accelerated aging tests on various types of low-activity waste (LAW) glass.