R&D magazine carried a news release on work by Ames Lab researchers creating a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs. The key component is a nanoparticle that is able to perform two processing functions at once for the production of green diesel, an alternative fuel created from the hydrogenation of oils from renewable feedstocks like algae.
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.
Diamonds have the reputation as flawless, sparkling gems. In scientific applications, their hardness is used to test the highest pressure levels. But researchers at the Ames Laboratory plan to exploit defects in diamond's crystal structure, known as nitrogen vacancy centers, to build a device that will give them the ability to visualize magnetic fields produced by magnetic nanostructures. (05/07/14)
|Tom Sager, husband of EHS&A program coordinator Julia Sager, shot a 39 to win the 39th Annual Early Bird Golf Tourney, held April 18 at Honey Creek golf course in Boone.|
|Ames Lab's annual Red Cross Blood Drive on April 29 collected 33 units. A total of 42 people presented to donate but nine were deferred or unable to donate a full unit.|
|Ames Lab was among some 20 exhibitors for the ISU Day at the Capitol event, held April 11 at the Statehouse in Des Moines.|
|Teams from Ames traveled to Washington DC this past week to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl. Ames Middle School students advanced to the Sweet 16 round, earning $500 for their school's science program. The Ames High School Team had a tougher time, being eliminated during the preliminary rounds.|
|The time to start saving for a trip isnâ€™t a month or two before you go away. The time to start is now and if you really like to travel, one of the best ways to save money for a trip is to factor it into your savings plan and work toward that goal year-round.|
|If you are looking for a fitness program that can help provide motivation, check out the Rec Milers Club at Iowa State. Vickie Hahn provides information on this program that still gets her moving after 20 years of participation.|
|With the annual performance appraisal process recently concluded, a number of recurring questions came up. Human Resources staff provides some answers and reminds employees that the eAppraisal system is available for use throughout the year.|