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  • 04/25/2011

    Two Iowa teams are preparing to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, which will be held April 30 through May 2 in Washington D.C.  Representing Iowa in the High School Science Bowl competition will be Ames High School.  Home Schools of Eastern Iowa will compete in the Middle School Science Bowl competition.




     
  • 03/29/2011

    Molycorp Inc., the Western hemisphere’s only producer of rare-earth oxides, has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. The Molycorp-Ames Laboratory effort will focus on developing new methods to create commercial-grade rare-earth permanent magnets.




     
  • 03/08/2011

    Ames Laboratory researcher L. Keith Woo is searching for cleaner, greener catalysts that will lead to more efficient chemical reactions. That could mean they promote reactions at lower pressures and temperatures. Or it could mean they promote reactions that create less waste. Or it could mean finding safer, cleaner alternatives to toxic or hazardous conditions, such as using water in place of organic solvents.




     
  • 03/01/2011

    Middle school students from Home Schools of Eastern Iowa secured their spot as the regional champion of the Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Home Schools topped McKinley Middle School of Cedar Rapids in the championship match to advance to the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl April 28 - May 3 in Washington D.C.




     
  • 02/25/2011

    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.




     
  • 02/15/2011

    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.




     
  • 01/29/2011

    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.




     
  • 01/27/2011

    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.




     
  • 01/26/2011

    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.




     
  • 01/22/2011

    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.