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12-Sep-2014
CMI hosts EU, Japan to discuss global critical materials strategy
Finding ways to ensure the planet's supply of rare earths and other materials necessary for clean energy technologies is a global challenge, and experts from around the world gathered to meet it at the fourth annual EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials on Sept. 8.

Contact: Laura Millsaps
millsaps@ameslab.gov
515-294-3474
DOE/Ames Laboratory

22-Jul-2014
Sandia ensures US nuclear weapons deterrent can remain effective, credible
As part of its mission of ensuring the nation's stockpile is safe, secure and effective as a deterrent, Sandia National Laboratories must make sure crucial parts can function if they're hit by radiation, especially a type called fast neutrons. It created a science-based program called QASPR, which combines computer modeling and simulation, and experiments and technology development.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Ames Laboratory

15-Jul-2014
Ames Laboratory home to first-in-nation DNP-NMR instrument to study materials
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is now the home to a dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer that helps scientists understand how individual atoms are arranged in materials. Ames Laboratory's DNP-NMR is the first to be used for materials science and chemistry in the United States.

Contact: Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi
breehan@ameslab.gov
515-294-9750
DOE/Ames Laboratory

14-Jul-2014
First anniversary gift for Critical Material Institute? Inventions. Eleven of them.
The Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub for the US Department of Energy, celebrated its first anniversary with 11 invention disclosures, all research milestones in a mission to assure the availability of rare earths and other materials critical to clean energy technologies. The inventions include improved extractive processes, recycling techniques, and substitute materials -- technologies designed to increase production and efficiency of, and reduce reliance on, the use of rare earths and other critical materials.

Contact: Laura Millsaps
millsaps@ameslab.gov
515-294-3474
DOE/Ames Laboratory

8-Jul-2014
Ames Laboratory breaks ground on state-of-the-art instrument facility
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory broke ground today on a Sensitive Instrument Facility designed to isolate increasingly fine-tuned scientific equipment from environmental disturbances.

Contact: Steve Karsjen
karsjen@ameslab.gov
515-294-5643
DOE/Ames Laboratory

16-Jun-2014
Ames Laboratory scientist hopes to improve rare earth purification process
Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials.

Contact: Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi
breehan@ameslab.gov
515-294-9750
DOE/Ames Laboratory

15-May-2014
The brain: Key to a better computer
Although brain-inspired computing is in its infancy, Sandia National Laboratories has included it in a long-term research project whose goal is future computer systems. Neuro-inspired computing seeks to develop algorithms that would run on computers that function more like a brain than a conventional computer.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Ames Laboratory

31-Mar-2014
Ames Lab researchers show polymer-coated nanocubes form complex structures
Nanoparticles assembled in new ways hold the promise of a wave of new high-tech materials that could offer high strength, enhanced magnetic properties, light reflectivity or absorption, use as catalysts and much more. Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed a theoretical model to explore the effect of polymer coatings, including DNA, for self-assembly of nanocubes into so-called superlattices.

Contact: Kerry Gibson
kgibson@ameslab.gov
515-294-1405
DOE/Ames Laboratory

24-Jan-2014
Defense from a distance
Researchers are helping the military play defense from a distance.

Contact: Bill Cabage
cabagewh@ornl.gov
865-574-4399
DOE/Ames Laboratory

16-Jan-2014
Sandia conducts first impact test in years of B61 nonnuclear components
Sandia National Laboratories tests a ground-penetrating bomb, minus its nuclear components, in a rocket-driven impact test.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Ames Laboratory

17-Oct-2013
Architects and building engineers flock to NREL
Eight busloads of architects and mechanical engineers toured one of the world's largest net-zero-energy office building this summer at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and came away inspired with new ideas for how to design and build beautiful, eco-friendly structures on a budget.

Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/Ames Laboratory

25-Jul-2013
Project Neptune: Specialized gas detection for nonproliferation
Sandia National Laboratories' Project Neptune aims to design a system capable of sensing, from among the loud signals of a lot of gases, the weak signals from specific gases that are signs of nuclear proliferation. The researchers believe their gas correlation technique will prove ideal for a simple, inexpensive sensor to monitor those few illusive gases.

Contact: Sue Holmes
sholmes@sandia.gov
505-844-6362
DOE/Ames Laboratory

1-Jun-2011
The curious case of germanium-72
Physicists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and Germany's GSI in Darmstadt recently used ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer to explore the pair bonding of neutrons in one uncommon isotope -- germanium-72. In doing so they discovered that changes in temperature and rotation take the nucleus through at least two physical phases.

Contact: Leo Williams
williamsjl2@ornl.gov
865-574-8891
DOE/Ames Laboratory

5-May-2011
Ames Lab regional teams win an unprecedented 3 awards at National Science Bowl
Home Schools of Eastern Iowa took home top honors in two categories and Ames High School won one award at the US Department of Energy's National Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 2.

Contact: Steve Karsjen
karsjen@ameslab.gov
515-294-5643
DOE/Ames Laboratory

13-Jul-2010
Ethanol-fueled racecar engines outpower lead-fueled engines
A group of automotive researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and industry have shown that a fuel-injected racing car engine fueled by E-85, an ethanol-based fuel, outperforms the same engine with a carburetor and leaded racing fuel.

Contact: Angela Hardin
media@anl.gov
630-252-5501
DOE/Ames Laboratory

4-Jun-2009
Ames Laboratory-made materials are out of this world
Materials produced at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory were launched into space on May 14 with the European Space Agency's Planck Mission. Ames Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center synthesized over 20 kilograms of a lanthanum-nickel-tin alloy for use in a metallic hydride sorption cryocooler system -- built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- that will cool instruments during the space mission.

Contact: Trevor Riedemann
riedemann@ameslab.gov
515-294-1366
DOE/Ames Laboratory

21-Sep-2007
Los Alamos National Laboratory Supports San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen
An Espaņola soup kitchen will soon be able to expand its outreach efforts thanks to the work of Los Alamos National Laboratory and several local businesses and nonprofits.

Contact: Ed Vigil
edvigil@lanl.gov
505-665-9205
DOE/Ames Laboratory

20-Sep-2007
Jefferson Lab engineer among nation's best
For years, Jefferson Lab has considered Celia Garcia Whitlatch to be one of its most brilliant engineers. Now, others across the country agree.

Contact: Dean Golembeski
deang@jlab.org
757-269-7689
DOE/Ames Laboratory

26-Jan-2006
NOvA: A neutrino appearance experiment
Deep in the woods of Minnesota, close to the Canadian border, particle physicists hope to construct the next neutrino experiment on a secluded piece of land, fit for studying a lightweight particle that was, itself, once ignored.

Contact: Kendra Snyder
630-840-5681
DOE/Ames Laboratory

2-Dec-2005
NVAC: Visualizing a safer homeland
September 11, 2001 forever changed how Americans view national security. The responsibility for protecting citizens from future attacks has fallen on government shoulders in an increasingly discontented world. One way the Department of Homeland Security has responded is with new visual analytic technologies that transform volumes of documents, emails, images, videos and voice recordings into interactive visuals.

Contact: Lisa Teske
lisa.teske@pnl.gov
509-372-6850
DOE/Ames Laboratory

10-Feb-2005
'Quantum Diaries' reveal the secret lives of modern physicists
What is it like to be a physicist 100 years after Einstein pushed physics to a new frontier? A new website featuring researchers at Stanford and around the globe is helping answer that question by cataloging the daily lives of more than 25 physicists. Quantum Diaries celebrates the World Year of Physics by recording the experiences, thoughts, impressions, triumphs and disappointments of these men and women in their blogs, or web-based logs.

Contact: Neil Calder
Neil.Calder@SLAC.Stanford.edu
650-926-8707
DOE/Ames Laboratory

9-Feb-2005
Innovative glass fibers shine in radiation detection
Being flexible in the rigid world of glass radiation detectors has made Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's glass fiber optic detectors very popular.

Contact: PNNL Laboratory
webmaster@pnl.gov
DOE/Ames Laboratory

31-Dec-2002
Closing in on cancer
Gerald Small, an Ames Lab senior chemist and an Iowa State University distinguished professor, and Ryszard Jankowiak, an Ames Lab senior scientist, have developed a unique biosensor technology that provides immediate information about DNA damage from cancer-causing pollutants called carcinogens. Damage to DNA, which carries the genetic code of life, is a critical first step in the development of cancer.

Contact: Steve Karsjen
karsjen@ameslab.gov
515-294-5643
DOE/Ames Laboratory

8-Jul-2002
Ames Laboratory puts the 'squeeze' on communications technology
A new message-passing library that makes it possible to extract optimum performance from both workstation and personal computer clusters, as well as from large massively parallel supercomputers has been developed by researchers at Ames Laboratory. The new library, called MP_Lite, supports and enhances the basic capabilities that most software programs require to communicate between computers.

Contact: Saren Johnston
johnstons@ameslab.gov
515-294-3474
DOE/Ames Laboratory

27-May-2002
Small effects are key to how materials evolve
Fundamental research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Lab shows that subtle variations in certain properties control how microstructures form. This basic research effort may one day allow scientists to tailor microstructural development, providing the basis for new and improved materials.

Contact: Saren Johnston
sarenj@ameslab.gov
515-294-3474
DOE/Ames Laboratory

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