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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.

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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.

Hurdles remain for upcoming Mars mission

June 8, 2011 12:01 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Intended to be the most sophisticated rover sent to the Martian surface, NASA's next-generation rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, is already over budget and behind schedule. The price tag has ballooned to $2.5 billion, auditors have found, from $1.6 million. And the project may need still more money to meet its November launch date.

Just one flight: Impending loss in shuttle family

June 3, 2011 12:29 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

With Wednesday's landing of Endeavour, just one more space shuttle flight remains, putting an end to 30 years of Florida shuttle launches and more than 535 million miles of orbits controlled at Houston's Johnson Space Center. Now a sense of melancholy has permeated the community that calls itself "the space shuttle family."

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.”

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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.

How to square budget cuts, need for aging research

May 16, 2011 1:04 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In one of the stark realities of the budget crisis, scientists' chances of winning research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for any condition have dipped to a new low. According to the Institutes director, Francis Collins, for every six grant applications that NIH receives, five are rejected.

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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FuelCell Energy awarded contract to further develop clean-coal fuel cell power plant

May 5, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

FuelCell Energy, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-clean power plants using renewable and other fuels for commercial, industrial, government, and utility customers, announced a $11.7 million cost share award from the U.S. Department of Energy for Phase III of the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance coal-based systems program.

Shrinking funds pull plug on alien search devices

April 27, 2011 6:48 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A steep drop in both state and federal funds has forced the shutdown of the Allen Telescope Array in California. The $50 million array was built by SETI and UC Berkeley with the help of Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, but it costs more than a million dollars a year to operate. SETI will continue its work at other telescopes.

Russia's space chief promises new spaceship

April 13, 2011 5:36 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia will test a next-generation spacecraft, build a new cosmodrome and even consider a manned mission to Mars after 2035, the nation's space chief said Wednesday. Plans include a new launch pad in far east Russia, nuclear rocket engines, and a new spacecraft named Rus.

Medvedev: Space will remain a key Russian priority

April 12, 2011 8:42 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia must preserve its pre-eminence in space, President Dmitry Medvedev declared Tuesday on the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The statement followed warnings by another cosmonaut that Russia risks losing its edge in space research by relying solely on Soviet-era achievements and doing little to develop new space technologies.

APS: House budget plans would jeopardize scientific research facilities

April 11, 2011 8:14 am | News | Comments

Despite deals made over the weekend, the threat of a government shutdown remains. According to the American Physical Society, not only would a shutdown be harmful, the budget agreement in Congress as it stands would strip almost $1 billion from the Dept. of Energy’s budget.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

April 8, 2011 7:29 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

Industry-based researchers recognize the value of government-sponsored research, but some do not want to pay extra for it.

Research Insights: Y-12 National Security Complex

April 8, 2011 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

Y-12 National Security Complex comments on pressing topics.

Research Insights: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

April 8, 2011 6:39 am | Articles | Comments

National Renewable Energy Laboratory comments on pressing topics.

Research Insights: National Energy Technology Laboratory

April 8, 2011 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

National Energy Technology Laboratory comments on pressing topics.

Research Insights: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

April 8, 2011 6:28 am | Articles | Comments

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory comments on pressing topics.

Research Insights: Idaho National Laboratory

April 8, 2011 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

Idaho National Laboratory comments on pressing topics.

Research Insights: Argonne National Laboratory

April 8, 2011 6:15 am | Articles | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory comments on pressing topics.

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