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September 13, 2013
Many of the materials that scientists work with at Brookhaven National Laboratory are too small and too precise for traditional tools. In cases like these, the labs grow materials instead of building them. Brookhaven physicist Genda Gu pioneered techniques that grow some of the largest single-crystal high-temperature superconductors in the world. The glowing chamber in this photo grows superconducting crystals. To do so, the furnace focuses infrared light onto a rod, melting it around 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Under just the right conditions, the liquefied material recrystallizes as a single uniform structure, which is highly sensitive and takes about one month to form. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: How to Grow Superconducting Crystals

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September 12, 2013
VIDEO: Secretary Moniz Dedicates Clean Energy Research Center

Watch Secretary Moniz's remarks at the opening of the new Energy Systems Integration Facility -- a site aimed at overcoming generation, transmission and distribution issues that will help support clean, renewable energy technologies.

September 11, 2013
Mark your calendars for a Google+ Hangout on Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2 pm ET. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Hangout with Solar Decathlon 2013 Teams on Sept. 18 at 2 pm ET

Have questions about Solar Decathlon? Now is your chance to ask some of this year's teams during a live Q&A.

September 11, 2013
New Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to Help Modernize the Grid

Today, Secretary Moniz is at the opening of an exciting new NREL facility that will house multiple experimental labs and test beds, including an interactive grid testing system.

September 10, 2013
Key to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's fundraising success was involving the local community. To celebrate the groundbreaking of their Solar Decathlon house, the team invited all of their sponsors to the event. | Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Solar Decathlon 2013: Raising More Than Just Walls

Part two in our behind-the-scenes look at competing in the Solar Decathlon, we explore how students master the art of fundraising.

September 10, 2013
Students from the University of Maryland won the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition for their heat pump clothes dryer prototype, which achieved a 59 percent energy savings compared to standard U.S. electric dryers. | Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.
Maryland Heats Up Student Appliance Design Competition

For the second year in a row, the University of Maryland won the Energy Department's Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition. Learn what set the team's design apart.

September 9, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Meet the Teams

We're going behind the scenes to show you what it takes to compete in the Solar Decathlon. First up, meet the teams and learn about their unique take on building solar-powered houses.

September 5, 2013
Fun fact: Most systems require air conditioning or chilled water to cool super powerful supercomputers, but the Olympus supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is cooled by the location's 65 degree groundwater. Traditional cooling systems could cost up to $61,000 in electricity each year, but this more efficient setup uses 70 percent less energy. PNNL's scientists use the Olympus supercomputer to conduct advanced research in areas such as energy storage and future power grid development. This supercomputer has the ability to compute as fast as about 20,000 typical personal computers combined. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Photo of the Week: The Olympus Supercomputer

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September 4, 2013
Supercomputers: Extreme Computing at the National Labs

Sometimes big science requires big resources. Over the next month, we'll be highlighting one of those big resources -- supercomputers -- on

August 29, 2013
Super HILAC (Super Heavy Ion Linear Accelerator) was one of the first particle accelerators that could accelerate heavier elements to “atom-smashing” speeds. The device was built in 1972 and played a significant role in four decades of scientific research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In addition to being the launchpad for a variety of major experiments, the Super HILAC was crucial in the discovery of five superheavy elements.
In this photo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Bob Stevenson and Frank Grobelch are sitting inside the Super HILAC’s poststripper. The maze of piping behind them is meant to circulate cooling water through the accelerator. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Inside the Super HILAC

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