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.
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Ames Laboratory's Technology is Used by One of the Winning Startups in Energy Department's "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" Challenge02/10/2012
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.
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.
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.
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.