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Shechtman finds life hectic, rewarding after Nobel Prize

Life has been a whirlwind for Danny Shechtman since he was selected for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in October of 2011. He’s traveled around the world – several times – and made countless appearances at conferences, state dinners and special events. His busy itinerary included a return to Ames in late February and he sat down with Insider’s Kerry Gibson to share some of his experiences with his colleagues at Ames Laboratory. Image

Reinventing the power cable with aluminum-calcium composite

Materials scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’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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