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It takes 3 to tango
Researchers who want to understand how and why a nucleus hangs together as it does must take into account the complex interactions known as the three-body force. This conclusion, drawn from simulations on America's most powerful supercomputer, is outlined in the May 20, 2011, edition of Physical Review Letters.

Contact: Leo Williams
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Odd particle left out in the cold
The old saying birds of a feather flock together may also be true for the smallest bits of matter. According to a study recently published in Physical Review Letters, like particles inside protons and neutrons band together, leaving the odd one out.

Contact: Kandice Carter
DOE/Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Packing the ions
Drexel University's Yury Gogotsi and colleagues recently needed an atom's-eye view of a promising supercapacitor material to sort out experimental results that were exciting but appeared illogical. That view was provided by a research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory computational chemists Bobby Sumpter and Jingsong Huang and computational physicist Vincent Meunier.

Contact: Leo Williams
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Solar and hydrogen car races spark imaginations
Fun and enthusiasm fuel competitions that are among the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to encourage students to pursue science.

Contact: Heather Lammers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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
DOE/Ames Laboratory

Chemistry and materials simulations speed clean energy production and storage
Catalysts are just one area of investigation for a multi-institutional team whose 70 publications in 3 years detail prodigious scientific output from the world's fastest chemistry simulations. "Our long-term goal is enabling the design of new generations of clean and sustainable technologies to produce, transmit, and store energy," said team leader Robert Harrison, a computational chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Contact: Dawn Levy
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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
DOE/Ames Laboratory

INL wind researchers test cool way to stretch capacity of existing power lines
Some Idaho National Laboratory wind power researchers think we can move more electricity through the transmission lines we already have without breaking the bank.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

Students learn about wind power first-hand through Wind for Schools program
For years, Jenny Christman tried to find a way to get a wind turbine to educate the students at Northumberland Middle and High School about wind power. Now, with help from the Wind for Schools project and the Virginia Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University, the students at Northumberland are learning about wind power first-hand from the newly constructed turbine at their school.

Contact: Press Officer
DOE/US Department of Energy

Searching for a diamond in the muck
Prospecting for elusive fast-growing, oily microalgae is a soggy, muddy, rewarding job for one NREL researcher.

Contact: Bill Scanlon
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

First beam time allocated to local classrooms through InSynC program
Students and teachers from three Long Island classrooms will use Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source to perform experiments this winter.

Contact: Kendra Snyder
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

Argonne to hold annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Girls in sixth through eighth grades are invited to learn all about science and engineering during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

Contact: Eleanor Taylor
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Students design mission to Mars at Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars academy
Designing a 500-day manned mission to Mars may sound like science fiction, but 44 high school students did just that as part of the first Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars academy this summer in Boise.

Contact: Marilyn Whitney
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

Creating order from chaos at the LCLS
In the world of physics, where everything tends toward disorder, researchers working on the Linac Coherent Light Source are seeking perfect order. Many experiments at the pioneering machine will require each molecule in a puff of gas to align with all of the others, creating a uniform field of molecules on which tests can be conducted.

Contact: Communications Office
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

As Auto X reaches the finish line, a new race begins
After two years of intense competition, the winners of the Automotive X Prize were announced during a ceremony at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16, 2010. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman spoke at the ceremony, praising the competition as an example of "the power of innovation and ingenuity to achieve transformative breakthroughs."

Contact: John Schueler
DOE/US Department of Energy

Magic secrets
Each year hundreds of visiting scientists conduct research at ORNL's Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility to create and analyze isotopes. These studies give researchers a unique glimpse into the inner workings of atomic nuclei.

Contact: ORNL News Office
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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
DOE/Ames Laboratory

NETL's green projects promise energy efficiency all year round
Forty years after the first Earth Day, it is almost second nature to toss a can or plastic bottle into the recycling bin, but being green is about much more than reusing materials. Just as individuals make a personal decision to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," businesses, industry, and other organizations are making the same commitment to being green.

Contact: Shelley Martin
DOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory

NREL finds a way to give LEDs the green light
Light bulbs that last 100 years and fill rooms with brilliant ambiance may become a reality sooner rather than later, thanks to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovery.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

INL helps students, researchers study wind energy
The wind turbines spinning outside Idaho schools are generating more than electricity.

Contact: Ryan Weeks
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

Argonne advanced battery research driving to displace gasoline
In excess of seven million barrels of gasoline are consumed by vehicles in the United States every day. As scientists race to find environmentally sound solutions to fuel the world's ever-growing transportation needs, battery researchers are exploring the promise of lithium-air battery technology.

Contact: Angela Hardin
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

An electron zap turns flimsy plastic into sturdy shrink wrap
If you buy a Butterball turkey this Thanksgiving, you have particle accelerators to thank for its freshness. For decades now the food industry has used particle accelerators to produce the sturdy, heat-shrinkable film that Butterballs come wrapped in.

Contact: Symmetry Magazine
DOE/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Both directions at once
The challenge of controlling climate change is a goal that, to many, appears to be at odds with the equally important goal of energy security. However, the idea that the two goals are somehow mutually exclusive is not one accepted by ORNL energy researcher David Greene. "We don't want to sacrifice one for the other," he says. "We want -- and we believe it possible -- to achieve environmental goals and energy security goals at the same time.

Contact: ORNL Review
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Fuel cells transform cars
Lab scientists are refining fuel cell technologies to create amazingly energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles.

Contact: Communications Office
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory

Award-winning reflector to cut solar cost
In a breakthrough development that recently netted a coveted R&D Magazine top 100 award, a small solar company has teamed with scientists at NREL to develop massive curved sheets of metal that have the potential to be 30 percent less expensive than today's best collectors of concentrated solar power.

Contact: Heather Lammers
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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