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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and the University of Crete in Greece have found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies. Magnetic switching is used to encode information in hard drives, magnetic random access memory and other computing devices. The discovery, reported in the April 4 issue of Nature, potentially opens the door to terahertz (1012 hertz) and faster memory speeds.
U.S. News and World Report writer Jeff Nesbitt mentions the Critical Materials Institute in an article about China's ongoing monopoly of rare earth metals. In the second to last paragraph, Nesbitt writes, "This new DOE-financed organization (the Critical Minerals Institute) will work with dozens of research partners in an effort to find creative ways and methods of inexpensively mining the rare metals. For instance, a mine in California (Mountain Pass) actually has one of the largest rare metal deposits in the world."
|Since winter seems reluctant to give up its grip on Iowa and area golf courses, Ames Lab's 38th Annual Early Bird Golf Tournament will be held Friday, April 26. Location to be determined.|
|Ames Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center made materials that are keeping things cool on Planck while it takes the universe's "baby picture." The MPC synthesized more than 20 kilograms of a lanthanum-nickel-tin alloy for use in a cryocooler system used to cool instrumentation during the Planck mission.|
|Ames Laboratory cyclists are once again taking part in the National Bike Challenge. With rule changes this year, teams can have an unlimited number of riders so the more the merrier. There are prizes available through the challenge and monthly prizes for riders on our team.|
|The Ames Laboratory 2013 blood drive is being held on Thursday, April 4, in 205 TASF from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Contact Occupational Medicine at 4-2056 to schedule an appointment to donate blood, to volunteer or with any questions.|
|The two-month window for the annual performance appraisal process for Ames Lab employees has come to a close. However, that should not close the door on performance management. Performance management includes tasks and responsibilities which ensure that goals and expectations for a particular position are consistently being met in an effective and efficient manner.|