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Eric D. Isaacs

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Smart Manufacturing Key to American Innovation

(47) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 6:56 PM

After stunning sales in the last quarter, Apple just became the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world, with a market value of $419 billion -- proving yet again that American ingenuity and technological know-how remain unsurpassed in the global economy.

So why were almost all of the 70...

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Educating America About Clean Energy

(11) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 11:50 AM

When I was growing up, energy education was pretty simple: "Turn out the lights when you leave the room."

Today, however, the energy space is incredibly complex, with new discoveries -- and new challenges -- arising almost every day. So we need a new, comprehensive kind of energy literacy to...

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Putting the Power of Science Into the Electric Car

(14) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 7:44 PM

If you want proof of the real-world value of basic science research, take a look under the hood of GM's innovative new Chevy Volt. There you'll find a safe, long-lasting lithium-ion battery that uses materials developed and patented at Argonne National Laboratory.

The Chevy Volt, and the Argonne-developed materials inside...

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Why America Needs a 21st Century Power Grid

(49) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 10:24 AM

When the west wind blows hard across the prairies, its power can be seen in swirling leaves and bending trees.

Here in Illinois, we're harnessing more of that power every day, with 25 wind farms -- from one-turbine to utility-scale projects -- capturing the energy of the wind and converting...

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Why America Must Win the Supercomputing Race

(102) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Four decades ago, NASA put a man on the moon using a computer system less powerful than the electronics in many modern-day toasters. With that audacious act of technological faith, the United States took a giant step toward global leadership in science, engineering, and a myriad of other sectors that...

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