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Lockheed Martin Test Flies Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control Turret for High Energy Laser Weapons

Lockheed Martin in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the University of Notre Dame, has demonstrated the airworthiness of a new beam control turret being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and AFRL to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: THE BENEFITS OF PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE CALCULATED

Quantifying the Operational Benefits of Conventional and Advanced Pumped Storage Hydro on Reliability and Efficiency I. Krad, E. Ela, V. Koritarov, July 2014 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Abstract Pumped storage hydro (PSH) plants have significant potential in providing reliability and efficiency benefits in future electric power systems. Show More Summary

Department of Energy's National Labs Can Also Be Regional Hubs

The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are a $12.5 billion network of potentially transformative basic and applied R&D hubs located in or near many of the nation’s metropolitan areas. However, the labs are today underutilized as true economic assets. How can they be better leveraged? read more

Advanced light source sets microscopy record

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy or "soft" X-rays to image structures only five nanometers in size. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: THE 2013 U.S. DISTRIBUTED WIND MARKET

2013 Distributed Wind Market Report AC Orrell, HE Rhoads-Weaver, et al, August 2014 (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy) Executive Summary In 2013, 30.4 megawatts (MW) of new distributed wind capacity was added, representing nearly 2,700 units across 36 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Show More Summary

Cetane data used for development of energy efficient fuels and engines updated

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels and compatible engines. Show More Summary

National Renewable Energy Laboratory updates cetane data used for development of energy efficient fuels and engines

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels and compatible engines. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: COMPARING SOLAR IN JAPAN AND THE U.S.

Comparing Photovoltaic (PV) Costs and Deployment Drivers in the Japanese and U.S. Residential and Commercial Markets B. Friedman, R. Margolis, J. Seel, July 2014 (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Executive Summary Japan has reemerged...Show More Summary

Britain Launching Laser Weapons Program

The UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is reportedly planning to launch a competition this year for the development of directed energy weapons (DEW).An MoD spokeswoman was quoted by DefenseNews...Show More Summary

Birth of a mineral

One of the most important molecules on earth, calcium carbonate crystallizes into chalk, shells and minerals the world over. In a study led by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, researchers used a powerful...Show More Summary

Story from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sept. 2014

To arrange for an interview with a researcher, please contact the Communications staff member identified at the end of each tip. For more information on ORNL and its research and development activities, please refer to one of our media contacts. Show More Summary

Fermilab experiment will attempt to answer whether we actually live in "the Matrix"

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In what may be one of the most mind-bogglingly surreal experiments ever floated, scientists at the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) will attempt to discover if the universe is "real" or merely a holographic 3-D illusion that we just think is real. Show More Summary

Old tires may find their way back to cars – in their batteries

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

There may soon be a new use for discarded tires... besides turning them into mattresses for cows, that is. Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have devised a method of harvesting the carbon black...Show More Summary

What The Falling Price Of Wind Power Means

AWEA Blog. Peter Kelley. Wind energy has never been more affordable, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley National Laboratory announced recently in releasing its new 2013 Wind Energy Technologies Market Report and a companion slide presentation. Show More Summary

DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low

U.S. wind power prices have reached an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, which details trends seen in the U.S. wind industry last year, says the national average levelized price of wind power purchase Continue reading ?

Do we live in a 2-D hologram?

A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe – including whether we live...Show More Summary

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That's cheap power. read more

ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 21, 2014—New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional...Show More Summary

X-ray laser probes tiny quantum tornadoes in superfluid droplets

An experiment at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory revealed a well-organized 3-D grid of quantum "tornadoes" inside microscopic droplets of supercooled liquid helium – the first time this formation has been seen at such a tiny scale. read more

Researchers map quantum vortices inside superfluid helium nanodroplets

Scientists have, for the first time, characterized so-called quantum vortices that swirl within tiny droplets of liquid helium. The research, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryShow More Summary

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