Molycorp Inc., the Western hemisphereâ€™s only producer of rare-earth oxides, has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory. The Molycorp-Ames Laboratory effort will focus on developing new methods to create commercial-grade rare-earth permanent magnets.
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Molycorp and DOE's Ames Laboratory Sign Cooperative Research and Development Agreement on Rare Earth Magnets03/29/2011
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.
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.
AMES, Iowa â€“ 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 Energyâ€™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.