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August 17, 2016
This Lab Does Top Secret Research. Take a Look Inside.

The world’s largest laser and a 3D-printed rocket engine await you inside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

August 11, 2016
A CO2 laser melts a rod of solid sapphire and draws a sapphire optical fiber. Sapphire has a high melting point, which can withstand the brutal conditions inside gas turbine engines and solid oxide fuel cells. | Photo courtesy of National Energy Technology Laboratory.
The Rugged World of Harsh Environment Sensors

National Lab scientists are building special sensors to see and hear inside turbine engines, boilers, gasifiers and fuel cells.

August 5, 2016
What “Stranger Things” Didn’t Get Quite-So-Right About the Energy Department

We separate fact from fiction in the new Netflix series "Stranger Things."

July 29, 2016
Using X-Rays to Zap the Zika Virus

Powerful X-rays at Argonne National Laboratory have helped researchers reveal important new details about the Zika Virus, an important step on the way to developing effective treatments.

July 20, 2016
Watch a Centrifuge Separate Nuclear Waste

Centrifuges might not sound cool, but they’re critical to all kinds of science. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is working on the next generation of these important tools.

July 13, 2016
The robot removes the sample from the clear transfer box, out of the two white sample containers, and transports it to the mock-up examination instrument. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Lab.
Students Designed A Robot to Handle Nuclear Fuel

Interns from Idaho State University completed a nine-month-long demonstration project for Idaho National Lab engineers.

July 12, 2016
A close-up image of perovskite crystals, which just got one step closer to replacing silicon in solar panels. | Photo courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Next Generation of Solar Panels

Researchers at Los Alamos National Lab just solved one of the biggest obstacles facing perovskite solar cells.

July 8, 2016
A sample of a polymer-based membrane material created at Berkeley Lab. It’s designed to soak up cancer drugs and limit their side effects. | Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab.
Chemical ‘Sponges’ Could Make Chemo Safer

New materials being developed by the National Labs could result in chemotherapy without damaging side-effects.

July 1, 2016
Creating a tiny human body on a chip
“Human-on-a-Chip” Technology Could Replace Animal Testing

National Lab scientists are developing a miniature external replication of the human body.

June 27, 2016
Einstein was right! Gravitational Waves exist. Find out how they work. | Graphic courtesy of California Institute of Technology.
What are Gravitational Waves?

Gravitational waves were observed for the first time in 2016, confirming Einstein’s theory.