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March 7, 2014
Science fiction has envisioned many ways that mankind might be able to explore distant galaxies, like the spiral galaxy M106 pictured here, but what is science fiction and what could one day be science fact? | Photo Credit: NASA.
Warp Speed and Lightsabers: Energy Science Fiction vs Energy Science

From powering space travel to energizing weapons, energy technology plays a prominent role in science fiction. Experts from the National Labs help us separate the fact from the fiction.

March 6, 2014
This Sunday, people across the country will spring forward an hour, marking the start to Daylight Saving Time. | Photo courtesy of iStock Photo, WoodyUpstate.
Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Daylight Saving Time

Before you set your clocks forward this weekend for the start of Daylight Saving Time, check out some of these little-known facts about the history of changing time.

March 6, 2014
Laser-Firing ChemCam Vital to Curiosity Rover’s Tour of Mars

The Curiosity rover relies on the most advanced suite of instruments ever sent to Mars -- among them, a laser-firing tool called the ChemCam.

March 6, 2014
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Graphics by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>. Interactivity by <a href="/node/712881">Daniel Wood</a>. </div></div></div>
Space-Based Solar Power

Capturing solar power in space for use as energy on Earth seems farfetched. But recent developments could make this a reality in coming years.

March 5, 2014
Creating a Star on Earth

At the Energy Department's Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, scientists are trying to accomplish what was once considered the realm of science fiction: creating a star on Earth.

March 4, 2014
With around one thousand active satellites and the tens of thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting Earth, space is getting exceedingly crowded. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are working on a system that could help prevent collisions in space. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Preventing Space Traffic Jams

With space getting exceedingly crowded, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are working on a system that could help prevent collisions in space.

March 4, 2014
In the infographic above, learn about the space missions, past and present, where technology from the Energy Department and its National Labs has made discovery possible. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Infographic: Where in Space is the Energy Department?

Since the beginning of the space race, the Energy Department and its National Labs have been supplying the space power systems and instruments that make missions across our solar system, and the discoveries they uncover, possible.

March 3, 2014
The History of Nuclear Power in Space

Explore the history of nuclear power systems in U.S. space exploration -- from early satellites to the moon, Mars and beyond.

March 3, 2014
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 on dark energy -- the theoretical force that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate -- at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 7th. Submit your questions to <a href="https://twitter.com/energy">@energy</a> using <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LabChat&src=typd&f=realtime">#LabChat</a>, leave a comment on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/energygov/photos/a.289831064381327.73609.134652126565889/721627304535032/?type=1&stream_ref=10">Facebook</a>, or send an e-mail to newmedia@hq.doe.gov.
#SpaceWeek: Science on the Cosmic Frontier

This week on Energy.gov, join us as we explore science on the cosmic frontier, including powering space travel, exploring planets, and building a star here on Earth.

February 28, 2014
 Last week, 79 Chicago-area high school students visited the Energy Department's Argonne National Lab for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," an educational outreach program designed to give 8th-grade girls an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 
While at the Lab, the girls participated in tours to explore different aspects of the Lab's work -- from learning about the organisms that live in soil to floating small objects in mid-air with an acoustic levitator. In the afternoon, the girls were given a car chassis with a motor and challenged to figure out the types of wheels and pulleys needed to build a battery operated transmission. At an engineering expo, the girls were able to learn about the inner workings of various scientific concepts -- from tornadoes to magnets and beyond. Throughout the day, the girls heard from scientists in a number of fields, including keynote speaker Joanne Manaster, a faculty lecturer in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

In the photo above, two students work with an Argonne National Lab scientist to complete the "Automotive Tycoon" challenge. | Photo courtesy of Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Getting a Head Start for Women in STEM

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