A photo may be worth a thousand words, but these snapshots represent decades of research by some of the world's greatest minds in science and technology. Whether we're getting the word out about groundbreaking scientific research, finding new ways to make your home more energy efficient, or getting kids all over the U.S. excited about careers in STEM, we're geeking out over these awesome photos. 

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