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December 23, 2011
Thanks to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, you can <a href=""> follow along live</a> as Santa circles the globe this Christmas Eve. | Image credit: Hantz Leger.
Follow Live Dec 24: Los Alamos National Lab Tracks Rudolph’s Nose, Santa’s Sleigh

Since 1998, scientists at the Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory have been using the latest in satellite and radar technology to track Rudolph’s red nose, and in doing so, Santa, as he cruises the globe on December 24th.

December 16, 2011
Dr. Green (top row, third from the right) with his B-29 crew members in Xian, China. | Image courtesy of Dr. Alex Green.
World War II Fuel Shortages Spur Veteran into Action

How Dr. Alex Green's experiences over the Pacific during World War II have shaped his path as a leading biofuels researcher.

December 16, 2011
Join us live today at 1 PM EST for a discussion on advanced biofuels | Photo courtesy of FDC Logistics.
TODAY: Advanced Biofuels Q&A with Dr. Valerie Reed

Over the past two weeks, we’ve featured a number of stories about how advanced biofuels are strengthening our national security and creating economic opportunities across the country. Today, we want to hear from you as we host a live Twitter Q&A on biofuels with Dr. Valerie Reed, Acting Manager of the Biomass Program – starting at 1 PM EST this afternoon.

December 15, 2011
The Startup America Policy Challenge wants your ideas on how we can accelerate innovation in clean energy and position the United States to lead in this critical sector. | Photo Courtesy of JBEI.
Startup America Policy Challenge: Clean Energy

America’s entrepreneurs are on the front lines of the global clean energy race, and the Department of Energy and the Administration want to hear from you about the barriers that are standing in your way and what we can do to help remove them.

December 12, 2011
John Ferrell (center -- 4th from left) participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of a cellulosic ethanol demonstration facility in Tennessee. | Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess.
Biomass for the Nation: How One Energy Department Expert Has Helped Lead the Way

A look at one Energy Department employee's impact on the biofuels industry.

December 12, 2011
Secretary Chu speaks at the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall  on December 6, 2011. | Energy Department file photo.
Diversity Town Hall Draws a Crowd at the Energy Department

“For our own good, we want as wide of a talent pool as we can get,” Secretary Steven Chu said in his remarks to employees. “[Diversity] is a good thing and an important thing to do. It’s also the right thing to do.”

December 9, 2011
Above, Michael C. Kane speaks at the Energy Department's Feeds Family Sculpture Contest on August 30, 2011. In the fall of 2011, the Office of Personnel Management recognized Mr. Kane as the Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year. | DOE photo
And the 2011 CHCO of the Year is...Mike Kane

In the fall of 2011, the Office of Personnel Management recognized Michael C. Kane as the Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year.

December 6, 2011
Strains of E. coli bacteria were engineered to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. | Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
Advanced Biofuels: How Scientists are Engineering Bacteria to Help Drive America

Researchers at the Energy Department's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of the bacteria to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into all three types of transportation fuels -- gasoline, diesel and jet fuels.

December 1, 2011
Rooftop Solar Challenge to Cut Solar's Red Tape

Today Secretary Chu announced $12 million in funding for 22 regional teams competing in the Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge. The teams will implement step-by-step actions throughout the next year to standardize permit processes, update planning and zoning codes, improve standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid, and increase access to financing. "Through this competition, the Energy Department is helping to unleash America’s solar potential by investing in projects that will make it faster, easier, and cheaper to finance and deploy solar power in communities across the country."

November 28, 2011
Thanks to Camille Beben of the Office of Management, approvals for Department directives that used to take 14 months now take less than 6 months. | DOE photo, credit Hantz Leger.
Energy Department Employees Strive to Cut Costs, Improve Efficiency

Here at the Energy Department, we are working every day to help develop a clean energy economy, create good jobs, and make sure America is competitive on the global stage.