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  • Dan Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, returned to Ames from Israel on Feb. 14 for the first time since the award was announced in early October. Shechtman, an Ames Lab researcher, held a news conference and photo session at The Ames Laboratory and later met with students during a reception in his honor at the ISU Memorial Union.

  • Computers, smartphones, tablets – they’re ubiquitous in today’s society and many of them have one thing in common – the use of lead-free solder.  The Exchange host Ben Keiffer talks with senior metallurgist Iver Anderson of the Ames Lab about the technology that earns Iowa State University millions of dollars in royalties every year.

  • Making superconducting nanocircuits with rounded corners will improve their performance, according to John R. Clem, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and Karl K. Berggren, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • A bacterium recently discovered near Death Valley has some very unusual properties according to a report published in the December 23 issue of Science magazine. While some ‘bugs’ are like migratory birds, making tiny magnets that they use to guide their navigation, this is the first bacterium to be found that makes two different kinds of magnetic particles.

  • Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have released a new version of integration software that will help engineers develop greener power plants. The application, called VE-PSI 3.0, helps engineers design power plants more efficiently and at less cost by integrating large amounts of design and plant operations data in an integrated computational environment.