Wednesday, April 28, 2010

World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Coming to Iowa

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers are working to scale up their computational chemistry tools for the Blue Waters supercomputer being developed at the University of Illinois and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications. (Go to story)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Engineering the Perfect Algae Strain

An article in the May 2010 issue by Nicholas Zeman details research by a group of Iowa State University researchers working to develop hybrid strains of algae with desirable characteristics for use in bio-fuels production. Ames Laboratory associate scientist Basil Nikolau is a member of the research team. (Go to article)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Restarting U.S. rare-earth production

EARTH writer Harvey Liefert writes about recent testimony before a House subcommittee on the need to reinvest in rare-earth research and development, quoting Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner who was one of several rare earth experts to testify (Go to story)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rare Earths R&D funding critical to stemming brain drain in U.S. materials manufacturing

Mineweb writer Dorothy Kosich's article on the shortage of rare-earth materials research prominently quotes Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner on the cause behind the problem and the need for greater funding of rare-earth research in the U.S. (Go to the article)

Global Scramble Looms for Vital 'Clean Energy' Minerals

The New York Times carried a story by writer Katie Howell on the global scramble for rare-earth materials. Howell notes Ames Lab's historic role as the U.S. center for rare-earth research and quotes Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner (Go to article - see page 2)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Cloud in Every Silver Lining: The New Obstacle to a Green-Tech Revolution

The March 31st edition of the Huffington Post carried a blog by Bill Chameides, Dean of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment; Member of the National Academy of Sciences, that details the problem of China's monopoly on rare-earth metals and the threat to technology and security that poses. Chameides's blog, originally posted on, quoted Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner's testimony before a House Subcommittee on the rare-earth crisis. (Go to the posting)