Materials produced at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory were launched into space on May 14 with the European Space Agency's Planck Mission. Ames Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center synthesized over 20 kilograms of a lanthanum-nickel-tin alloy for use in a metallic hydride sorption cryocooler system—built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory—that will cool instruments during the space mission.
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Researchers and industry representatives in the refrigeration and air conditioning field will converge in Des Moines later this month to discuss and promote the cause of magnetic refrigeration at the 3rd International Conference on Magnetic Refrigeration at Room Temperature—known in the business as Thermag III.
Central Academy of Des Moines finished in the prestigious "Sweet 16" bracket of the U.S. Department of Energy's National High School Science Bowl held in Washington, D.C. April 30-May 4. The finish near the top of the competition netted the team $1,500 for Central Academy's science program.
Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have experimentally demonstrated that the superconductivity mechanism in the recently-discovered iron-arsenide superconductors is unique compared to all other known classes of superconductors.
Kurt Brorsen, a doctoral student in chemistry at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and at Iowa State University, recently received the DOE's Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.