Materials scientists at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory are researching ways to perfect a next generation power cable made of an aluminum and calcium composite. Cables of this composite will be lighter and stronger, and its conductivity at least 10 percent better than existing materials for DC power, a growing segment of global power transmission. Its conductivity is about the same as that of existing conductors for AC power.
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Pleasant Valley High School of Bettendorf defeated Dubuque Wahlert High School (Dubuque, IA) 74-44 to capture the 2013 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl on Jan. 26. Pleasant Valley, which lost only one match all day in the morning qualifying round, advances to the Department of Energyâ€™s National Science Bowl, April 25-29 in Washington, D.C.
Some of the brightest high school students from across Iowa will travel to Ames on Jan. 26 to compete in the 23rd annual 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.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team led by The Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security. The new research center -- the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) -- will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector.
Scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory continues to garner high marks. The just released FY2012 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card awards Ames Lab an A- for Mission Accomplishments (Science and Technology), a key performance measurement area. This high grade reflects a continuance of the same high standard of excellence achieved in this area in 2011.