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January 9, 2015
Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety. | Photo by Carlos Jones.
Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

Our new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites will help revolutionize clean energy technology one material at a time.

January 8, 2015
Michelle Alvarado worked on diagnostic software to monitor a laser beam at the AZero photo injector at Fermilab. | Photo courtesy of Fermilab.
Learn from Top Researchers as a #NationalLabsIntern

Apply for an internship or fellowship at one of the 17 National Labs to experience what it's like to work on the frontiers of science and technology.

December 31, 2014
Best of 2014: Our Year in Review

2014 has been a year of investments, breakthroughs and progress at the Energy Department. Read on and explore the timeline to see some of our most memorable moments.

December 19, 2014
How Do Holiday Lights Work?

Ever wonder how holiday lights work? Tis the season to learn the ins and outs of our twinkling little friends, and how to fix them!

December 18, 2014
STEM Mentoring Café at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Check out photos from our most recent STEM Mentoring Café, a speed-mentoring event to connect STEM professionals with groups of middle school students.

December 16, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz poses with attendees to a welcome lunch for Arizona tribal leaders. | Photo by Peter Jordan Photography.
Secretary Moniz Reaffirms Energy Department’s Commitment to Tribal Partnerships

Secretary Moniz traveled to Arizona last week for a summit with tribal leaders, part of our work to build upon President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations.

December 8, 2014
Because of climate change, more frequent and intense weather events -- like this hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, viewed from a satellite -- are becoming more common. Finding ways to reduce global emissions could help.
Building a Global Low-Carbon Technology Pathway

At COP 20 in Lima, Peru, Department of Energy staff will discuss actions we're taking to help implement the United States' commitments to fight global climate change.

December 1, 2014
This coronary stent is made with a lab-developed, award-winning platinum-chromium alloy. | Photo courtesy of NETL.
A Heart of Gold? Try Platinum

A platinum-chromium alloy makes coronary stents stronger, more flexible and resistant to corrosion. Now, National Lab scientists who worked on it will receive an award.

November 24, 2014
#WomenInSTEM: Stepping Stones From One Career to Another

Learn about Cheryl Martin's work at ARPA-E -- the latest profile in the Energy Department's #WomenInSTEM video series.

November 18, 2014
Electrical transmission lines cross a snow-covered field in Dallas Dam, Oregon. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department
The War of the Currents: AC vs. DC Power

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison played key roles in the War of the Currents. Learn more about AC and DC power -- and how they affect our electricity use today.