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01 Oct 2014

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Structural Response of Lithium Disilicate in Glass Crystallization

The structural response of lithium disilicate in various glasses was demonstrated, for the first time, by using in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Its crystallographic evolution trend behaves differently upon crystallization sequence.

Bayesian approximation error approach in full-wave ultrasound tomography

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the feasibility of using approximate forward solvers and the partial recovery from the related errors by employing the Bayesian approximation error approach. In addition to discretization error, we also investigate whether the approach can be used to reduce the reconstruction errors that are due to the adoption of approximate absorbing boundary models.

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PUD abandons tidal energy project

EVERETT - The Snohomish County Public Utility District pulled the plug on a tidal energy project the day before bids came in for installing two undersea turbines near Whidbey Island. ... For more than eight years, the district worked with other regional, federal and international organizations. Partners included the Department of Energy, UW, BPA, the Pacific Northwest Laboratory and OpenHydro.

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DOE meets consent decree deadline on 13 of 16 Hanford tanks

Washington agreed this week that the Department of Energy had met the 2010 consent decree requirements for emptying one more tank of radioactive waste. ... But three leak-prone, single-shell tanks remained out of compliance as the deadline passed. DOE had warned the state that it was at serious risk of missing the deadline.

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Secretary Moniz Hosts Energy Security Symposium, Honors Dr. Daniel Yergin with First James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security

WASHINGTON - To commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Department of Energy's (DOE) opening in 1977 and to kick off National Energy Action Month, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today hosted the first Schlesinger Medal Ceremony and Symposium on Energy Security.

Department of Energy Releases WIPP Recovery Plan

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Recovery Plan, outlining the necessary steps to resume operations at the transuranic waste disposal site outside of Carlsbad, N.M. WIPP operations were suspended following an underground truck fire and a radiological release earlier this year.

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25 Million [dollar] Algae Biofuel Blitz Planned By Energy Department

The US Department of Energy has set its sights on innovative technologies to bring the cost of algae biofuel down below 5 [dollars]-per-gallon equivalent in gasoline by 2019. If that doesn't seem very ambitious compare that to the state of play without innovation, which comes out to 8 [dollars] per gallon.

Hide & Seek: Sterile Neutrinos Remain Elusive

BEIJING; BERKELEY, CA; and UPTON, NY - The Daya Bay Collaboration, an international group of scientists studying the subtle transformations of subatomic particles called neutrinos, is publishing its first results on the search for a so-called sterile neutrino, a possible new type of neutrino beyond the three known neutrino "flavors," or types. (press release)

Iowa State Physicists Among Teams Preparing for New Energy Department Supercomputer

AMES, Iowa - A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. (press release)

More efficient transformer materials

Almost every electronic device contains a transformer. An important material used in their construction is electrical steel. Researchers have found a way to improve the performance of electrical steel and manufacture it more efficiently, using an optimized laser process.

4 Things You Should Know About Energy Storage

Tesla Motors ... is building giant lithium-ion battery factories. While the company intends to use the batteries mostly to power its cars, it's getting ready for the energy storage market to take off as renewable energy gradually increases its share in the country's - and the world's - electricity mix.

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DARPA technology identifies counterfeit microelectronics

Researchers with SRI International, an IRIS performer, announced today they have provided Advanced Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM) technology to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Crane, Indiana, where it will join an arsenal of laboratory equipment used to ensure the integrity of microelectronics.

The FDA takes steps to strengthen cybersecurity of medical devices

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. (press release)

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How Exercise May Protect Against Depression

Exercise may help to safeguard the mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles, according to a new study involving mice. The findings may have broad implications for anyone whose stress levels threaten to become emotionally overwhelming.

How Safe is Your Workplace? 10 Questions to Ask

Workplace safety is actually one of the most important factors to consider, and if you work in an industry such as mining, construction, chemicals, pharmaceuticals or police work, you will want to ensure that your employer is being responsible about employee safety.

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Officials Laud Record-Setting Columbia River Salmon Run

Officials who monitor salmon counts thought this would be a big year for endangered fish. But they didn't think it would be this big. It turns out that 2014 is the best year for Columbia River salmon in 75 years.

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DOE pays for students to learn at local colleges

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Major deadlines will have operations at Hanford continuing far into the future. So the DOE has been working ahead to train potential employees. The department is sponsoring degrees specific to work at Hanford. KEPR found out just how successful this program is, after four years in action.

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The Internet's most dangerous celeb name is ...

If you thought Jimmy Kimmel was just a funny talk show host, think again. He's also the "most dangerous celebrity to search for online," according to a cybersecurity firm. Research by McAfee found that searching his name on the Internet presented users with a 20 percent chance of coming across a malicious link, with the potential to infect their computer.

CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20. ... More information is available at (press releases)

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