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The Future of Technology Is Hiding on the Ocean Floor

Gizmodo editor Maddie Stone writes about the potential for mining rare earths from manganese nodules located on the deep sea floor. In the story, Stone talks with Critical Materials Director Alex King about the need and uses for rare earths.

The story includes the improbable recruitment of billionaire industrialist and recluse Howard Hughes by the CIA to build a ship to supposedly harvest these nodules. In fact, that was just a cover story to conceal the mission -- recovery of a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine during the Cold War.

 

Smith and Lee earn LAS honors

Ames Laboratory scientists Emily Smith and Young-Jin Lee have earned honors from Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Smith was named the inaugural recipient of the LAS Dean's Emerging Faculty Leader Award and Lee was given the 2016 Trapp Innovation Award which provides funding to a faculty member who is pursuing new or unusual research in chemistry or the physical sciences.

A Big Thank You to Duane Johnson

Lt. Gov. Reynolds tours Sensitive Instrument Facility

Iowa's Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds toured Ames Laboratory's new Sensitive Instrument Facility on March 29. During the tour, Ames Laboratory Director Adam Schwartz gave Reynolds and overview of Ames Laboratory research efforts and talked about the cooperative efforts among the Lab, Iowa State University and the Department of Energy in equipping the facility with state-of-the-art electron microscopy equipment. Reynolds also toured the high-pressure gas-atomization facilities at the Applied Sciences Complex.

 

Sisters in Science

They started out as sisters, best friends and Science Bowl teammates. Now, 16 years later, the four all have STEM-based careers. See how our own Emma White, her sister Molly and their twin friends Ru-Shyan and Ru-Huey Yen have maintained their love of science from the classroom to the workplace. 

 

Talking About Money at Every Step of a Relationship

When it comes to money and romance, everyone has a different idea about how much they need to know about their partner's finances. Unfortunately, there can be a natural tension. Not knowing anything has the potential to sabotage your own finances, but pressing to learn too much too early can be over the top.  It's a delicate balance, but suffice it to say that as your relationship grows, what you will need to know about your partner's finances will also grow.

 

Ames Laboratory Advantage offers internships for diverse students

Ames Laboratory partnered with Science Bound to provide internships for two students in the Environment, Safety, Health and Assurance Department spring semester. Science Bound is Iowa State University's premier pre-college program designed to increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields).

 

Active for Life Challenge Begins

Active for Life is a nationwide wellness program sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This 8-week voluntary program, which kicks off on Monday, April 4, encourages Ames Laboratory employees to begin and/or maintain an active, physically-fit lifestyle. Employees form wellness teams to set individual and team wellness goals.

The teams will compete against one another internally within the Ames Laboratory community AND as a whole against other U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories.

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