AMES, Iowa – The brightest middle school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on February 25-26 to compete in the 8th annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Middle School Science Bowl. Sixteen teams of students will participate in the two-day competition, which includes a hydrogen fuel-cell car race on Friday, Feb. 25, and a quiz-bowl competition on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Automobiles, military vehicles, even large-scale power generating facilities may someday operate far more efficiently thanks to a new alloy developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. The research team working on the project achieved a 25 percent improvement in the ability of a key material to convert heat into electrical energy.
Ames High School didn’t win big, but it won often to capture the 21st annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Science Bowl on Jan. 31. The Little Cyclones topped Home Schools of Eastern Iowa on the last question of the final match for an 84-76 victory and a trip to Washington D.C. for the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, April 28-May 2, 2011.
Scientists have given us a plethora of new materials – all created by combining individual elements under varying temperatures and other conditions. But to tweak an intermetallic compound to give it the attributes you desire, you have to go deeper and re-arrange individual atoms. A group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, did just that when they replaced key atoms in a gadolinium-germanium magnetic compound with lutetium and lanthanum atoms.
The brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on Jan. 29 to compete in 21st annual Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Forty teams of students will compete to answer questions from math and science disciplines in the day-long, quiz-bowl format tournament.
AMES, Iowa – Forty-eight teams of students from 44 different high schools across Iowa will put their science knowledge to the test as they compete on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the 18th annual Regional Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.
Advancements in understanding rotational motion in living cells may help researchers shed light on the causes of deadly diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, according to scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.
Michael Kessler of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory is researching biorenewable polymers capable of healing themselves as they degrade and crack. The self-healing properties can increase material lifetimes and reduce maintenance. There are challenges, but Kessler thinks there's potential to develop new and effective materials.
Wind turbines might help help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide [CO2] from the air and soil, according to research by scientists at the U.S Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory.