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28-Mar-2008 US Department of Energy to provide up to $2.4M to advance solar energy in 12 US cities
US Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced that DOE will make available up to $2.4 million to 12 cities across the country selected as Solar America Cities, chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable solar infrastructures. These projects further President Bush's Solar America Initiative, which aims to make electricity from solar photovoltaics cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015.
29-Feb-2008 US Department of Energy welcomes the UK as 21st member of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
The US Department of Energy today welcomed the United Kingdom as the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership's twenty-first partner. GNEP, a voluntary international partnership, aims to safely and securely expand nuclear power worldwide while responsibly managing nuclear waste and reducing proliferation risks. US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman met with UK Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Rt. Hon. John Hutton prior to the UK signing the GNEP Statement of Principles in Washington, DC.
31-Jan-2008 Spin in the neutron
Physicists were in a whirl after measurements in the '80s revealed that the spins of the individual building blocks of the proton don't add up to the proton's actual spin. The so-called "proton spin crisis" spurred efforts to pin down where protons -- and neutrons -- get their spin. Pioneering measurements in Jefferson Lab's Hall A have opened the door for measuring some suspected sources of the neutron's spin.
27-Dec-2007 How cagey electrons keep hydrated
Water, despite its essential role in nature, remains a deeply mysterious substance. A long list of water's unusual properties tantalizes researchers even today, and scientists at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and around the world are using X-rays to help address these questions. Working with SSRL scientist Anders Nilsson, researcher Dennis Nordlund and colleagues are turning up new clues, and their latest results are published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.
27-Dec-2007 PNNL's Richard Smith named to prestigious Scientific American 50 list of outstanding leaders
Richard D. Smith, a Battelle Fellow at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named one of 50 outstanding leaders in the 2007 Scientific American 50 -- an annual list of 50 key contributors in science and technology. Smith shared the honor for creating a new approach to neurological diagnostics with Desmond Smith of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.
27-Dec-2007 DOE to invest more than $5M for concentrating solar power
US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner today announced DOE will invest $5.2 million in funding to support the development of low-cost Concentrating Solar Power.
16-Oct-2007 Energy savings deeply rooted at Jefferson Lab
When it comes to energy savings, Jefferson Lab has given a new meaning to dirt cheap. The lab uses a geothermal well system to control heating and cooling on two floors of one wing of its main administrative building. The wing, known as the F Wing, is a three-story, 61,000-square-foot addition that was constructed in 2005.
14-Aug-2007 Using generalized particle distributions: Research collaboration seeks 3-D image of the proton
A computed tomography -- CT -- scan can help physicians pinpoint minute cancer tumors, diagnose tiny broken bones and spot the early signs of osteoporosis. Now physicists are using the principles behind the procedure to peer at the inner workings of the proton. In a recent experiment, members of Jefferson Lab's Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering collaboration found that it will be possible to construct three-dimensional images of the building blocks of the proton.
14-Aug-2007 Studying the universe through pions
Pions are some of matter's simplest particles. They're built from the same building blocks as protons and neutrons -- quarks. The pion is the simplest particle built of quarks. The quarks are "glued" together by the strong force -- a fundamental force of nature that also binds quarks to form protons and neutrons. Studying the simple pion and its properties can reveal information about matter in the universe, where it came from and how it's held together.
31-Jul-2007 Reaching new heights in accelerator technology
The International Linear Collider is designed to collide high-energy electrons with high-energy positrons (electrons' antimatter counterparts). Once built, the ILC will serve as a powerful tool for scientists to address many of the most compelling questions of the 21st century -- regarding the fundamental nature of matter, energy, space and time, dark matter, dark energy and extra dimensions.
31-Jul-2007 Exploring the universal glue
In Jefferson Lab's Hall C, an international collaboration of nuclear physicists, the Fpi collaboration, is studying how the strong force combines nature's fundamental building blocks into the lightest particle built of quarks: the pion.
19-Jul-2007 Researchers' hottest new laser beams 14.2kW
On Oct. 26, Free-Electron Laser (FEL) team members knew they were within reach of a goal they'd pursued for two years. They were aiming to produce 10 kW of laser light at an infrared wavelength of 1.61 microns. On that day, they blew past the milestone to produce 11.7 kW. Just four days later, on Oct. 30, they coaxed another two kW out of the machine setting the record even higher at 14.2 kW.
9-Jul-2007 Lab enhances scientific data sharing with cutting-edge connection
In early 2005, researchers affiliated with Hall B wanted to transfer raw data from a recent experiment from the tape silo to computers offsite -- a task that without interruption would have taken the Lab's existing network connection almost seven days. Jefferson Lab's newly upgraded network connection is able to transfer data at a rate of up to 10 Gigabits per second, so that same transfer can now be completed in just 2.5 hours.
5-Jul-2007 Big bite is reborn
At Jefferson Lab's recent Users Meeting, DOE's Dennis Kovar and NSF's Brad Keister emphasized the funding agencies' commitment to pursuing a cohesive nuclear physics research program in the United States. For instance, Jefferson Lab is funded by DOE; however, NSF provides for many of the Lab's Users and students and some of the instrumentation used in experiments, such as the recently upgraded BigBite spectrometer.
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.