Enlisting Distributed Energy Devices to Balance the Power Grid

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its partners are developing a unique way to balance the increasingly complex power grid: an incentive-based coordination and control system for distributed energy devices such as rooftop solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles.

Mr. Rare Earth Easing Into Retirement

When Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. began work on his Ph.D. at Iowa State University and hired on as an Ames Laboratory graduate researcher in metallurgy, Dwight Eisenhower was serving his first term in the White House. Now, more than six decades later, Gschneidner is formally retiring effective Jan. 5, 2016 after a distinguished career that led him to become internationally recognized as Mr. Rare Earth.

Need Rare-Earths Know-How? The Critical Materials Institute Offers Lower-Cost Access to Experts and Research

The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation, is looking to strengthen its network of industrial, commercial, educational and government partners through a newly revamped and lower-cost affiliate membership program.

Get Schooled in Rare-Earth Metals: CMI, Iowa State to Offer Unique Materials Science Class

The U.S. Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute and Iowa State University are offering a unique educational opportunity to get an in-depth overview of the rare-earth metals in a senior and graduate level course offered online spring semester 2016.

Three New Technologies to Make Energy Cleaner, More Efficient

PNNL and its partners are developing three new technologies to improve the power grid, make biofuel from seaweed and produce hydrogen with grants from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.

Climate-Friendly Rice Recognized as a Top Science Development of 2015

The creation of a new kind of rice which gives off nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions during its growth has earned kudos for a team of scientists from three continents. The new kind of rice grows in a manner that nearly eliminates the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

ORNL's Zacharia, Paranthaman Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Thomas Zacharia and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as new AAAS fellows. The two are honored for their achievements in science administration and materials chemistry, respectively.

ORNL, Solid Power Sign Exclusive License for Lithium-Sulfur Battery Tech

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. of Louisville, Colo., have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries.

$13.5M Moore Grant to Develop Working 'Accelerator on a Chip' Prototype

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including key contributions from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to build a working particle accelerator the size of a shoebox based on an innovative technology known as "accelerator on a chip."

Four ORNL Researchers Elected Fellows of American Physical Society

Four researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), one of the nation's top professional organizations for scientists.

Brookhaven Lab Wins Two R&D 100 Awards

Two technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have received 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine. The Brookhaven winners are the Active Superconducting Fault Current Limited for Electric Grid and Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool, a test surface for determining imaging and profiling instrument modulation transfer functions.

Rob Goldston Wins 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award for Best Paper Published in 2012

Rob Goldston wins 2015 Nuclear Fusion Award for best paper published in 2012

SLAC's Helen Quinn to Receive 2016 Compton Medal

Helen Quinn, a professor emerita at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, will receive the 2016 Karl Taylor Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics for her contributions to science education and theoretical physics.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Scientists Win Five R&D 100 Awards

Technologies that impact cyber security, increase our ability to detect trace amounts of chemicals, convert sewage into fuel, view energy processes under real-world conditions and forecast future electric needs are among the newest R&D 100 award winners at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Rare Earths for Life: An 85th Birthday Visit with Mr. Rare Earth

While scientists often talk about their life's work, few lives have been fuller than that of Ames Laboratory's Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. who's being honored for over six decades of research in the rare-earth metals.

ORNL Wins Six R&D 100 Awards

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received six R&D 100 awards, increasing the lab's total to 193 since the award's inception in 1963.

INCITE Grants Awarded to 56 Computational Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating discovery and innovation to address some of the world's most challenging scientific questions. The projects will share 5.8 billion core hours on America's two most powerful supercomputers dedicated to open science.

Berkeley Lab Opens State-of-the-Art Facility for Computational Science

A new center for advancing computational science and networking at research institutions and universities across the country opened today at Berkeley Lab. Named Wang Hall, the facility will house the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), one of the world's leading supercomputing centers for open science, and will be the center of operations for DOE's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the fastest network dedicated to science.

Susan Pepper Named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Nonproliferation and National Security Department

Susan Pepper, a professional with extensive experience in nuclear nonproliferation science, programs, and policies, has been named Chair of the Nonproliferation & National Security Department (NNS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective October 1, 2015.

PNNL Researchers Part of 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Hot on the tail of this year's Nobel prize in physics, another prize came to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration -- the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The honor went to researchers -- six of whom are now at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory -- "for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics."

Adam Cohen Becomes Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy in Washington

Adam Cohen becomes Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy in Washington

ORNL Tires-to-Carbon Technology Licensed to RJ Lee Group

RJ Lee Group has signed an agreement to license an invention developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that converts waste rubber into a valuable energy storage material.

National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center taps PNNL

PNNL's data analytics capabilities and advanced computer modeling capabilities will support the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center.

Stanford and SLAC Celebrate Arthur Bienenstock

Arthur "Artie" Bienenstock, professor emeritus at Stanford University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, was honored with an all-day symposium in recognition of his outstanding contributions to science, academia, graduate student education and U.S. science policy.

SLAC's Claudio Pellegrini Receives Fermi Award at White House

President Obama welcomed SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Claudio Pellegrini into the Oval Office Tuesday morning as a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the highest honors the U.S. government can give to a scientist.