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DOE awards up to $38 million to advance geothermal energy technology

September 9, 2011 7:20 am | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $38 million over three years for projects to accelerate the development of promising geothermal energy technologies and help diversify America’s sources of clean, renewable energy.

DOE nuclear program awards $1.6 million to Penn State

September 8, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

Three Penn State University-led projects have received more than $1.6 million in combined research and development grants from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs.

Scientists man bioterror front lines

August 26, 2011 7:41 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past decade, federal research laboratories such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have shifted from Cold War-era defense R&D to meeting the challenges of new terror threats, developing a nationwide system to sniff the air for germs such as anthrax and smallpox.

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Battelle receives funding to test energy-efficient carbon capture

August 26, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

Battelle researchers have been awarded nearly $2 million from the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory to study how well a new carbon dioxide capture process can work to pull greenhouse gases out of emissions from coal-fired power plants.

OPT deploys autonomous PowerBuoy for US Navy Maritime Security Program

August 23, 2011 8:39 am | News | Comments

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT), a wave energy technology company, announced the deployment for sea trials of a unique autonomous wave energy device, marking an important milestone in the expansion of the Company's PowerBuoy product line.

UMTRI will test vehicle safety communications system

August 19, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has been awarded a $14.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct a safety pilot model deployment of a vehicle communications system used to improve the safety and efficiency of the nation's roadways.

NSF launches four new engineering research centers

August 17, 2011 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation is awarding $74 million to create four new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) that will advance interdisciplinary research and education in solar energy, sustainable water systems, sensorimotor neural engineering and energy transmission.

USDA, DOE fund research project to accelerate bioenergy crop production

August 12, 2011 6:34 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research into improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing biofuel and bioenergy crops. The investments are part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to develop domestic renewable energy and advanced biofuels.

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NSF funds national center for synthesis

August 3, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

Ssynthesis centers are designed to bring together and meld research from many disciplines of science. The latest iteration will appear at the University of Maryland as the result of a $27.5 million award. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center will be home to research on such issues as water availability, sustainable food production, and the interaction between human activities and ecosystem health.

US ITER awards contract to General Atomics for superconducting magnets

July 20, 2011 5:15 am | News | Comments

The US ITER Project Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory competitively awarded a multi-year contract to General Atomics to produce superconducting magnets for the central solenoid of ITER, an experimental fusion facility that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy for the commercial power grid.

SpaceX breaks ground on California launch pad

July 14, 2011 8:40 am | News | Comments

Private rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, is spending up to $30 million to renovate an unused site that will be home to its Falcon Heavy, the largest rocket since the retired Saturn V that hurled astronauts to the moon.

Sandia's Battery Abuse Testing Lab undergoing renovation

July 13, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories' Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory is undergoing a major renovation so Sandia researchers can test larger batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Moon, Mars, Venus: China aims high in space

July 11, 2011 9:13 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the United States is still working out its next move as the space shuttle program winds down, China is forging ahead. This year, a rocket will carry a boxcar-sized module into orbit, the first building block for a Chinese space station. Around 2013, China plans to launch a lunar probe and place a rover on the moon, followed by a manned mission sometimes after 2020.

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Anwell to ramp up solar panel production capacity

June 23, 2011 10:11 am | News | Comments

Anwell Technologies Limited has secured a total of RMB700 million in long-term funding for its subsidiary, Henan Sungen Solar Fab Co., Ltd. from the Municipal Government of An Yang City in Henan Province of China. The RMB700 million funding comprised of financial support of RMB200 million cash funding and a Government-backed guarantee provided of up to RMB500 million for bank financing.

ONR showcases technology investments

June 17, 2011 12:25 pm | News | Comments

The Naval Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) show held recently in Alexandria, Va., was the stage for the Office of Naval Research’s announcement of nine partnerships with organizations that focus on kindling student interest in STEM disciplines. They include such endeavors as Sally Ride Science and the Gulf Coast initiative.

Dept. of Energy commits $2B for two giant solar plants

June 16, 2011 8:41 am | News | Comments

This week, conditional loan guarantee commitments were issued for two of the biggest capacity solar power projects in North America: the Mojave Solar Project and the Genesis Solar Project. At 250 MW each, the projects would double the United States’ currently installed concentrated solar power capacity.

Looking to the stars to uncover neutrino's secrets

June 13, 2011 5:50 am | News | Comments

A North Carolina State Univ. astrophysicist hopes to gain better understanding of one of nature's most elusive particles—neutrinos—as well as the supernovae that spawn them.

Social scientists gauge comparative impact of stem cell research

June 10, 2011 6:25 am | News | Comments

New research by sociologists from two universities and a medical center reports that studies in adult and embryonic stem cells are complementary. According to the researchers, incentives to use both types of cell in comparative studies are high, and banning either type of stems cells and the research involving them could have negative impacts on the other.

DOE announces $70 million to advance geothermal energy technology

June 9, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

In support of President Obama's goal of generating 80% of the country's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy to accelerate development of this promising clean energy resource.

Detector array may at last complete Einstein’s jigsaw puzzle

May 27, 2011 7:05 am | News | Comments

All evidence for the existence of gravitational radiation has been indirect, but researchers now say that the addition of just one of the proposed detectors for the global network of gravitational radiation monitors would give them a much better chance at capturing these elusive, theoretical waves. Gravitational waves factor heavily in Einstein’s physics, and detecting these are the only way to directly observe a black hole.

New tape: JFK fretted moon program was tough sell

May 25, 2011 6:33 am | by Jay Lindsay, Associated Press | News | Comments

After setting a soaring vision to land a man on the moon, President John F. Kennedy struggled with how to sell the public on a costly space program. In a scenario that echoes today, he and NASA Administrator James Webb worried about preserving funding amid what Webb calls a "driving desire to cut the budget.”

Georgia Tech partners with Northrop Grumman to develop technology for DARPA

May 25, 2011 4:41 am | News | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corp., has been selected to develop a new type of MEMS gyroscope technology for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Microscale Rate Integrating Gyroscope program.

QuesTek wins SBIR Phase II award from U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command

May 12, 2011 7:12 am | News | Comments

QuesTek Innovations LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to apply QuesTek's Materials by Design technology to design and develop a new low-voltage sacrificial anode alloy.

Project aims to fuse top-down and bottom-up approaches in systems biology

May 11, 2011 5:07 am | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Virginia Tech researchers a $2.13 million grant to develop new systems biology approaches to study cells, one of the most basic units of life.

Collaboration puts Sandia hydrogen program on global track

May 5, 2011 9:10 am | News | Comments

A new hydrogen research initiative based in Japan will leverage Department of Energy (DOE)-funded hydrogen research at Sandia National Laboratories' California site and will likely become the first research effort to be rolled into a broader laboratory research umbrella aimed at increasing the laboratories’ hydrogen partnerships domestically and abroad.

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