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Home to some of the world’s most powerful lasers, fastest supercomputers and talented researchers, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are a powerhouse of science and technology. This system of 17 labs pushes the frontiers of scientific knowledge, keeps our nation secure and fuels our clean energy economy.

Scroll through the photo gallery to see some of the most notable contributions the Labs have made to science, energy and national security. Some of them might just come as a surprise.

Editor's Note: This list was adapted from an earlier publication by Berkeley Lab.