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02 Oct 2015

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3D RuO2 Microsupercapacitors with Remarkable Areal Energy

An attractive approach is demonstrated to realize large areal capacitance electrodes made of ruthenium oxide onto highly porous gold current collectors. The hybrid structure exhibits a capacitance in excess of 3 F cm-2 and an areal energy density for all-solid-state microsupercapacitors that is comparable to those of microbatteries.

Annealing kinetics of electrodeposited lithium dendrites

The densifying kinetics of lithium dendrites is characterized with effective activation energy of Ea=6-7 kcal mol-1 in our experiments and molecular dynamics computations.

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PNNL scientist elected Fellow of ASM International

A materials science researcher at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been elected to the rank of Fellow of ASM International, formerly known as the American Society for Metals. Suveen Mathaudhu was recognized for his "scientific leadership, management and advocacy of the U.S. Army materials research efforts, and for the development and support of new advanced lightweight materials and bulk nanostructured materials."

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Daughters of Hanford: Hanford's Landscape Is Written With Human Stories

In southeast Washington state, a group of farms has been frozen in time. It's at Hanford, the area the federal government took over to make plutonium during World War II. "It's amazing that it's been preserved in a way by the Manhattan Project," said archaeologist Ellen Prendergast Kennedy. "And that some places are still completely untouched." (w/audio)

Work to start to create jobs on former Hanford land

Community leaders celebrated the transfer of 1,641 acres of land just north of Richland for economic development at a gathering Thursday morning in Kennewick.

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Department of Energy creates Center for Computational Materials at Argonne

The revolution of computational materials design is in the making, and on Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Energy took a firm step toward achieving it in creating the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. The center will receive 3 million [dollars] a year for four years from the department's Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

Obama threatens veto of bill that approves MOX construction at Savannah River Site

Construction of the Savannah River Site's MOX facility has been authorized by the U.S. House, but the bill that funds the program will now have to make it through the Senate and an expected veto from President Obama.

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Fusion reactors 'economically viable' say experts

Fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policy makers should start planning to build them as a replacement for conventional nuclear power stations, according to new research. (

Ink-Based Capacitors Flex Their Strengths

A manganese oxide-based conductive ink could help make the production of energy storage devices cheaper and more eco-friendly. (

The surprising factor that's holding back the energy storage revolution

[I]f new research is correct, the installation of energy storage in the United States, especially at the scale of the electricity grid, might already be much further along if not for one major countervailing economic factor...Such is the result of a new study just out in Energy Policy by Eric Hittinger of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Roger Lueken of the Brattle Group.

Ames Laboratory Scientists Create an All-Organic UV on-Chip Spectrometer

The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a near ultra-violet and all-organic light emitting diode (OLED) that can be used as an on-chip photosensor. ( and

Clemson developing composite vehicle front-door

Researchers from Clemson University are working on a 5.81 million [dollar] research project aimed at developing a lightweight door expected to help automakers in their race to meet federal fuel economy standards.

The Secret to Better Biofuels May Lie in Panda Poop

Everybody poops, but panda feces might one day help fuel cars. A group of Belgian scientists believe that panda poop might contain clues to creating new and cheaper biofuels, thanks to their taste for bamboo.

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The Threat Is Real: Stay Alert During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

According to industry analyst firm Ponemon Institute, the impact of security and compliance breaches is significant - and growing every day...It's these very real threats taking center stage during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.

Three Questions With: Ames Laboratory Cybersecurity Manager and Researcher Chris Strasburg

Chris Strasburg is a systems analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Iowa State University.

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How to Beat Workplace Stress With Mindfulness Meditation

So how do you beat stress with mindfulness meditation? Here are some simple suggestions for helping you get started with the practice, and for bringing mindfulness into the workplace.

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LIGO Hanford Observatory hosts IYL event for families

LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO) near the Tri-Cities, WA hosted the "LIGO Light and Color Festival" on September 26, 2015. This was the last of LHO's International Year of Light series of four special events, which ran one per month between June and September 2015.

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Q&A: The Martian author talks programming, getting to Mars

In an interview with Computerworld, Weir talks about what he misses about programming, working at Sandia National Lab, why he couldn't get a job at NASA and what technology intrigues him the most right now.

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