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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

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