3 Ways Federal Research Has Made Stay-at-Home More Bearable

No one would say that being stuck at home for weeks on end has been easy. But many of us have found ways to make stay-at-home life a little less difficult or even, at times, enjoyable.

Telecommuting from the home office, virtual happy hours, crystal clear displays, new recipes for dinner — all of them have helped us cope. And, believe it or not, all those activities have roots in a federal lab.

Where exactly did these breakthroughs come from? Clicks the links below to find out:

1. Connecting to the Outside World

The internet has become the lifeline to the outside world during the coronavirus. Our children are attending classes, we “go to work,” we stream films and shop.

Let’s thank the Department of Defense for this technology, started more than 70 years ago when the U.S. Army unveiled the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). Technology has continued to expand and the Army Research Laboratory Computational and Information Sciences Directorate proudly carries forward the tradition.

2. Better, Brighter Displays

Having a bright and colorful display on your screen enhances your work, studies, and streaming experience. Quarantining at home has brought on an increased use of electronic devices such as laptops, smart phones, and high definition televisions. Increased usage has heightened the need for more energy efficiency to power electronic displays.

Thank the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley’s National Laboratory (LBNL) for developing more energy efficient, colorful and brighter displays. Learn how the scientists at LBNL manipulated nanocrystals, called quantum dots, to emit pure color at nearly a 100% photo conversion efficiency.

3. Putting Food on the Table

Are you visiting your kitchen more than usual during quarantine? Lots of the food we enjoy benefited from U.S. Department of Agriculture research. From potato flakes for making mashed potatoes, to Roma tomatoes, large-breasted turkeys, low-fat cheese, lactose-free milk, orange juice concentrate, and so much more — innovation has never been so tasty.