A Decade of Discovery

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Us Dept of Energy
Government Printing Office, 2009 - Business & Economics - 149 pages
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 A Decade of Discovery provides a fascinating account of some of the most significant scientific discoveries and technological innovations coming out of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratories. This remarkable book illustrates how the men and women of the National Laboratories are keeping us on the cutting edge.

Though few Americans are familiar with the scope and scale of the work conducted at these National Laboratories, their research is literally changing our lives and bettering our planet. Through highly vivid and accessible stories, this book details recent breakthroughs in three critical areas: Energy and Environment, National Security and Life and Physical Science. It describes how this governmentfunded research has resulted in more energy-efficient buildings; new, cleaner alternative fuels that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; safer, more efficient, nuclear power plants; improved responses to disease outbreaks; more secure and streamlined airport security; more effective treatments for cancer and other diseases; and astonishing discoveries that are altering our understanding of the universe and enabling scientific breakthroughs in fields such as nanotechnology and particle physics.

A Decade of Discovery is truly a recent history of discovery--and a fascinating look at what the next decade holds.




 

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Contents

National Security
9
National Laboratories
10
Contributors
26
Replicating Tiny Nuclear Explosions Using the Worlds Largest Laser
71
Antineutrinos Reveal the lnner Workings of Nuclear Reactors
75
Fine Sculpting the Details on Classic Synthetic Aperture Radars
78
Protecting Our Soldiers
80
Roadrunner Keeps an Eye on the Nations Nuclear Arsenal
83
Atoms at the Movies
108
The Supercomputing Fast Lane
112
A Perfect Liquid
118
Hope for Parkinsons Victims
120
Take the NanoTrain
123
Zooming in on Atomic Structure With Neutrons
126
Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis Revealed
130
Fermilab Experiments Decode Mysteries of the Universe
135

Modeling Urban Disease Outbreaks
86
Millimeter Wave Technology Scans for More Than Just Security
90
Nuclear Testing Without the Nuclear Explosion
92
Life and Physical Science
97
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Targeting Cancer Using Nuclear Technology
104
Strange Quarks Could Reveal Mysteries of the Universe
136
To the Ends of the Universe and Back
140
Looking for Answers in a Mouses Brain
145
Molecular Analysis in the Fast Lane
146
Electroneedle to the Rescue
149
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