|3D printing technology, which has captured the imagination of both industry and consumers, enables ideas to move quickly from the initial design phase to final form using materials including polymers, ceramics, paper and even food. But the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) will apply the advantages of the 3D printing process in a unique way: for materials discovery. By doing so, researchers can find substitutes to critical materials-- ones essential for clean energy technologies but at risk of being in short supply.||
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|Ames Middle School made a clean sweep of the 2014 Ames Laboratory Regional Middle School Science Bowl here Saturday. They won all three of their morning qualifying matches, then won four matches in the championship round to take the title. They will also join the Ames High School team in representing the Region at the Department of Energyâ€™s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. April 24-27.|
|Ames Lab employees will have the chance to see their generosity in action when the Raising Readers in Story County hosts it's annual Step into Storybooks event on March 29. This year's theme is Exploring Science through Books and will feature hands-on science stations and the first 300 children to attend will receive a free science picture book, funded through the proceeds of the 2012 Ames Lab Holiday auction.|
|Get financial advice on IRA Season and learn about retirement income options from TIAA-CREF. This NEW, regular column by ISU Retirement Information Consultant Ann Doty and TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant Paige Cook will provide valuable information to Ames Lab employees whether they are new to the workforce or near retirement age.|
|Childhood obesity in this country is of growing concern. So much so, that our First Lady has made it her priority to lead our nationâ€™s kids in healthy eating and exercising. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Here are some tips to help them eat right, get more exercise and live healthy!|
|Igor Slowing, a scientist at the Ames Laboratory and adjunct professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, keeps a genealogy tree on the wall of his officeâ€”with names, dates, and pictures.
Only itâ€™s not family history; itâ€™s academic heritage.
|Ames Laboratory scientists are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials. Seeing these dynamics is one emerging strategy to better understanding how new materials work, so that we can use them to enable new energy technologies.|
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials. Seeing these dynamics is one emerging strategy to better understanding how new materials work, so that we can use them to enable new energy technologies.
Testifying as a witness to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources of the Canadian House of Commons, Alex King, director of the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy research hub at the Ames Laboratory, said that rare-earth metals and other materials critical to existing and emerging technologies are facing global shortages now and in the future.