U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the list of 113 regional middle and high school finalists that will compete in the Energy Departmentâ€™s National Science Bowl Finals in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. Since January, nearly 14,000 students have competed in regional tournaments in which teams of four or five students were tested via a fast-paced Jeopardy-style format on a range of science-related topics including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy and math.
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Scientists have overcome a major hurdle facing quantum computing: how to protect quantum information from degradation by the environment while simultaneously performing computation in a solid-state quantum system. The research was reported in the April 5 issue of Nature.
Genetic mutations to cellulose in plants could improve the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels, according to a research team that included an Ames Laboratory scientist. The team recently published its findings in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Homes Schools of Eastern Iowa staged a comeback to win the 2012 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Feb. 25. The Home Schools team defeated Ames Middle School to advance to the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 26-30.
Ames Laboratory Offers Streamlined Partnership Agreement to Help Industry Bring New Technologies to Market02/23/2012
Ames Laboratory will participate in a pilot initiative to make it easier for private companies to utilize the laboratoriesâ€™ research capabilities. The program, Agreements for Commercializing Technologies, or ACT, will harness Americaâ€™s unique advantages in innovation to create jobs and accelerate the development of new clean energy technologies.