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19 Dec 2014

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Quantitative mapping of zinc fluxes in the mammalian egg reveals the origin of fertilization-induced zinc sparks

We show that the zinc spark arises from a system of thousands of zinc-loaded vesicles.

A general framework for the assessment of solar fuel technologies

We utilize process modeling to assess the energy efficiency and economic feasibility of a generic solar refinery. The analysis demonstrates that the realization of a solar refinery is contingent upon significant technological improvements in all areas described above (solar energy capture and conversion, CO2 capture, and catalytic conversion processes).

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New method to reduce the optical band gap of strontium titantate thin films

With the promise of sunlight into fuel, strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is widely studied. The problem is the optical band gap or the energy needed to get electrons to do work after being hit with light. At 3.2 electron-volts, the gap requires ultraviolet light. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shortened the gap to 2.3 eV, putting it in the visible light regime. (

Study: DOE lab in Richland supported 6,800 jobs in 2013

SPOKANE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland supported more than 1.3 billion [dollars] in spending and 6,800 jobs in the Washington economy last year, according to a study prepared by lab economists and released Thursday.

What Are Pristine Aerosols and Where Are They Found?

Aerosols produced naturally during wave breaking include minerals such as salt and bits of organic matter. They contribute to climate processes when they are ejected from the ocean into the atmosphere. There they play a large role in the formation of clouds and precipitation and in governing where solar energy is directed. The complex process is considered by scientists one of the important unknowns in attempts to simulate and predict climate phenomena. ... Contributors to the study include ... Susannah Burrows of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (

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American Crane, Bechtel settle lawsuit over vitrification plant problems

A lawsuit brought against Bechtel National by one of its subcontractors at the Hanford vitrification plant has been settled through mediation.

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Laguna will ask feds to remove San Onofre nuclear fuel

The Laguna Beach City Council is demanding that the federal government remove nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - first to a temporary location until a permanent spot is identified. The council approved a resolution Tuesday night that urges the Department of Energy to identify a permanent disposal site for the used nuclear fuel as required by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.

Land, water rights needed for Nevada nuclear dump

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project.

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Making a Good Thing Better: Berkeley Lab Researchers Open a Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries

The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Berkeley Lab researchers looking for a better understanding of liquid electrolyte may have found a pathway forward. (

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Could Christmas Worsen Ebola's Spread?

Christmas is coming. Around the world, people who celebrate the end of the year holidays are taking time off and heading home to see friends and relatives. They include aid workers fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. And they include residents of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. (w/video)

Government hacks and security breaches skyrocket

Washington - A CNN review of cyber attacks against federal agencies shows that the number of breaches into government systems is skyrocketing. "Espionage is happening at a rate we have never seen before," said Denise Zheng, a deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (w/video)

US not prepared for nuclear attack, large national catastrophe, report says

The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. (w/slideshow)

Obama Signs 5 Cybersecurity Bills

Without ceremony, President Obama on Dec. 18 signed five cybersecurity-related bills, including legislation to update the Federal Information Security Management Act, the law that governs federal government IT security.

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Safely working...Do it all the time!

The Safely Working Project is one such solution. It is a framework for building and maintaining a positive workplace culture of "safely working 100 percent of the time."

Holiday Hazards: Stress

The World Health Organization has called stress "the health epidemic of the 21st century."

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Richland company partnership wins California national lab work

Savage Logistics of Richland has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to perform demolition at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California as part of a joint venture company.

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