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  • 01/16/2018

    Some of the brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on January 27 to compete in the 28th Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Forty teams of students will compete to answer questions about biology, chemistry, earth and space science, energy, mathematics, and physics in the day-long, quiz-bowl format competition. 

  • 12/21/2017

    A research team led by a scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy.  This proof-of-principle capability allows first-hand observation of liquid environment phenomena, and has the potential to vastly increase knowledge in a number of scientific fields, including many areas of physics, nanotechnology, biofuels conversion, biomedical engineering, catalysis, batteries and pharmacology.

  • 12/15/2017

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a new process to sheathe metal under a single layer of graphite which may lead to new and better-controlled properties for these types of materials.

  • 12/14/2017

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released Ames Laboratory’s Performance Evaluation Report Card for FY 2017, and the results show the Laboratory improved on its FY 2016 performance and now exceeds expectations in a majority of the key performance areas measured.  In addition to maintaining an A- in the key category of mission accomplishment, the Laboratory also improved its grades in two important performance areas – science and technology program management and management of facilities and infrastructure – from a B+ in 2016 to an A- in 2017. In the DOE grading system, a B+ means

  • 12/06/2017

    Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory compared similar materials and returned to a long-established rule of electron movement in their quest to explain the phenomenon of extremely large magnetoresistance (XMR), in which the application of a magnetic field to a material results in a remarkably large change in electrical resistance. It is a useful property, which could be used in the development of computers with increased processor speeds and data storage.