DOE research seeks to understand basic chemical, physical, and biological
processes of the earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans and how these processes
may be affected by energy production and use, primarily the emission of carbon
dioxide from fossil fuel combustion.
Understanding global climate change and the
ability to predict climate over decades or centuries will enable the development
of science-based solutions to reduce and minimize the impacts of climate change
and better plan for the nation’s future energy needs.
Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. A group of researchers at Iowa State University and the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture of what takes place within a plant and how that applies to its downstream uses as biomass.
Students from Montgomery Blair High School from Silver Spring, Md. won the 2016 US Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® (NSB) today in Washington D.C. This year's championship team in the middle school competition is Joaquin Miller Middle School from San Jose, Calif.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.