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September 7, 2012
While they might look like drops of water or soap bubbles, these colorful figures are actually photomultiplier tubes that line the walls of the Daya Bay neutrino detector. Neutrinos and antineutrinos are neutral particles produced in nuclear beta decay when neutrons turn into protons. This experiment aims to measure the final unknown mixing angle that describes how neutrinos oscillate. The tubes are designed to amplify and record the faint flashes of light that signify an antineutrino interaction. Lawrence Berkeley and Brookhaven National Labs and a number of physicists at U.S. universities played leading roles in the Daya Bay experiment, from designing the detectors all the way through to analyzing the data gathered. | Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, LBNL.
Photo of the Week: The Daya Bay Antineutrino Detector

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September 4, 2012
The NYC Solar Map allows users to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in New York City’s five boroughs.
The Bright Lights in New York Could Be Solar

Interactive map shows potential for rooftop solar in New York City.

September 1, 2012
The Brookhaven Graphite Research Reactor’s bioshield, which contains the 700-ton reactor core, is shown prior to decommissioning.
Brookhaven Lab Completes Decommissioning of Graphite Research Reactor: Reactor core and associated structures successfully removed; waste shipped offsite for disposal

UPTON, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has reached a major milestone by decommissioning a research reactor, ending the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) legacy cleanup activities at the site.

August 31, 2012
Audit Report: DOE/IG-0869

Opportunities for Energy Savings at Department of Energy Facilities

August 24, 2012
University at Albany's new student housing center, Liberty Terrace, is the school's first LEED Gold certified facility. The building has high-efficiency lighting and uses 45 percent less water than a comparable building. | Photo courtesy of the University at Albany.
University at Albany Students Head Back to a School Powered with Renewable Energy

University at Albany's new student housing center uses a geothermal heat pump to control temperature, reduce energy use and save money.

August 23, 2012
An aerial view of the West Valley Demonstration Project.
EM’s Top Official Visits West Valley Site, Seneca Nation of Indians

WEST VALLEY, N.Y. – Senior Advisor for Environmental Management David Huizenga commended employees at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) for safely and successfully managing the decommissioning of the only commercial spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facility that had operated in the United States during his recent visit to the site.

July 12, 2012
Notes from the May 25th Energy Data Jam in Stanford California | Credit:
Open Data for a Clean, Secure Energy Future

The Energy Data Initiative aims to help Americans benefit from entrepreneurial innovation enabled by open energy data from the US government and other sources.

July 10, 2012
EA-1900: Finding of No Significant Impact

Radiological Work and Storage Building at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Kesselring Site, West Milton, New York

July 3, 2012
Argonne Lab researchers used the Advanced Photon Source to look at the structure of spider's dragline silk, which allows arachnids to swing from branches and dangle from window frames, the Spiderman equivalent of swinging from high buildings and dangling from Gotham’s towers. | Creative Commons photo by Flickr user <a href="">Djumbo</a>.
Two Real Discoveries That Bring Spider Powers to Our Universe

The Amazing Spiderman centers around science that actually sort of exists in the National Labs.

July 2, 2012
Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source x-ray beamline was used to reveal the atomic structure of the bioremediation enzyme. The liquid nitrogen in the foreground keeps the crystallized enzyme cool, protecting it from the heat of the x-rays that would otherwise damage the crystal. | Photo by Brookhaven National Laboratory
Made Famous By Erin Brockovich: A Potent Pollutant and its Nemesis Bacterium

This element, made famous in the settlement case won by Erin Brockovich, can now be tamed with a process created by the Brookhaven Lab.