Latest News Releases

  • 03/12/2012

    Genetic mutations to cellulose in plants could improve the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels, according to a research team that included an Ames Laboratory scientist. The team recently published its findings in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • 02/27/2012

    Homes Schools of Eastern Iowa staged a comeback to win the 2012 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Feb. 25. The Home Schools team defeated Ames Middle School to advance to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 26-30.

  • 02/23/2012

    Ames Laboratory will participate in a pilot initiative to make it easier for private companies to utilize the laboratories’ research capabilities.  The program, Agreements for Commercializing Technologies, or ACT, will harness America’s unique advantages in innovation to create jobs and accelerate the development of new clean energy technologies.

  • 02/16/2012

    An international team of researchers, led by Pat Thiel, senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has discovered a new type of structural anomaly, or defect, that can appear in quasicrystals, a unique material with some crystal-like properties but a more complex structure.

  • 02/10/2012

    Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies  was announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu as one of the top three startup companies – based on a public vote and an expert review – in the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge. The Nevada, Iowa based company is using technology developed at the DOE's Ames Laboratory to efficiently produce a variety products using titanium powder. 

  • 01/30/2012

    Teams from Des Moines and Dubuque dominated the competition at Saturday’s Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science bowl. But West Des Moines Valley outlasted Central Academy in one of the closest matches in recent history to win the championship and the right to represent the regional at the National Science Bowl, April 26-30 in Washington D.C.

  • 01/16/2012

    Some of the brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on Jan. 28 to compete in the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Forty teams of students will compete to answer questions about astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, general science and math in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition.

  • 01/04/2012

    The state of scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory reached a new performance milestone in 2011.   According to the just released 2011 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card, Ames Lab received an A- for Mission Accomplishment (Science and Technology).  This grade reflects an improvement from the B+ earned in 2010.

  • 01/03/2012

    Fifteen years ago, an environmentally-friendly solder developed by the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory made history as the first cost-effective lead-free solder. Now this tin-silver-copper alloy invented by a research team headed by Ames Lab senior metallurgist Iver Anderson, has made history for a second time, becoming  the top royalty income-generating technology in the history of both Ames Lab and Iowa State University.

  • 12/16/2011

    Ames Laboratory's Cynthia Jenks, assistant director for scientific planning and division director of chemical and biological sciences, has been elected as a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jenks and four Iowa State University colleagues were elected AAAS Fellows for their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."