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  • 04/10/2008

    AMES, Iowa—When it comes to designing something, it's hard to find a better source of inspiration than Mother Nature.  Using that principle, a diverse, interdisciplinary group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is mimicking bacteria to synthesize magnetic nanoparticles that could be used for drug targeting and delivery,  in magnetic inks and high-density memory devices, or as magnetic seals in motors

  • 04/01/2008

    AMES, Iowa—What do Sophocles, the Rolling Stones, and Linus Pauling have in common and what do they have to do with fishing? Well, the unlikely trinity is quoted in a perspective piece on new materials in the March issue of Nature Physics by Paul Canfield, a senior physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. In it, Canfield argues that more effort and funding needs to go toward the design, discovery and growth of materials that exhibit new or exotic properties.

  • 03/20/2008

    AMES, Iowa—Researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Microsoft Station Q have made significant advancements in understanding a fundamental problem of quantum mechanics— one that is blocking efforts to develop practical quantum computers with processing speeds far superior to conventional computers.  Their respective theoretical and experimental studies investigate how microscopic objects lose their quantum-mechanical properties through interactions with the environment.  The results of the researchers'

  • 03/14/2008

    AMES, Iowa—Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Acta Materialia Gold Medal, considered by many scientists and engineers to be the top award worldwide in the field of materials research. Gschneidner received the award during the 2008 annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society in New Orleans, La. on March 11, 2008, where Ames Lab senior metallurgist Iver Anderson was honored also with a TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineer award.

  • 03/03/2008

    AMES, Iowa - R. Bruce Thompson, director of the Nondestructive Evaluation program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has won the Sustained Excellence Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing's Research Council.