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30 Sep 2016

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All Photons Imaging Through Volumetric Scattering

Imaging through thick highly scattering media ... can realize broad applications in biomedical and industrial imaging as well as remote sensing. Here we propose a computational "All Photons Imaging" (API) framework that utilizes time-resolved measurement for imaging through thick volumetric scattering by using both early arrived (non-scattered) and diffused photons.

Porous microwells for geometry-selective, large-scale microparticle arrays

Large-scale microparticle arrays (LSMAs) are key for material science and bioengineering applications. However, previous approaches suffer from trade-offs between scalability, precision, specificity and versatility. Here, we present a porous microwell-based approach to create large-scale microparticle arrays with complex motifs

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U.S. Department of Energy Selects Fluor Joint Venture to Operate the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facilities

IRVING, Texas - Fluor Corporation announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC (MCS), a joint venture comprised of Atkins, Fluor and Westinghouse, to operate the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at DOE's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio.

Patricia Dehmer, guiding force behind Department of Energy science, to retire

It's not often that the retirement of a federal bureaucrat meets with an effusion of regret that she's leaving and praise for her soon-to-be-missed talents. But by many accounts Patricia Dehmer is no ordinary bureaucrat. So when Dehmer, 71, announced last week that she would step down on 10 November after 9 years as deputy director for science programs in the Department of Energy's (DOE's) 5.35 billion [dollar] Office of Science in Washington, D.C., many observers were eager to sing her praises and lament her coming departure.

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New multiferroic materials from building blocks

A research group in Japan successfully developed room temperature multiferroic materials by a layer-by-layer assembly of nanosheet building blocks. Multiferroic materials are expected to play a vital role in the development of next-generation multifunctional electronic devices. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.6b02722)

Department of Energy selects LLNL to lead development of manufacturing training program for energy entrepreneurs

The "valley of death" can make or break a startup enterprise due to the cost and time involved in getting from prototype to profitability. To help clean technology entrepreneurs and engineers navigate across the chasm and make it safely to the other side, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the Build4Scale Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs (Build4Scale). (Press release)

Imaging Uses 'Photothermal Effect' to Peer into Living Cells

(West Lafayette, IN) - A new type of imaging technology uses the mid-infrared part of the spectrum and "thermal lensing" to visualize living cells and organisms, an innovation that could bring insights into drug delivery and cancer treatment. (w/video) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1600521)

LHC smashes old collision records

The LHC is colliding protons at a faster rate than ever before, approximately 1 billion times per second. Those collisions are adding up: This year alone the LHC has produced roughly the same number of collisions as it did during all of the previous years of operation together.

Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float

Right now, almost all offshore wind turbines require fixed platforms built into the seafloor. Floating turbines, with anchors, would mean new flexibility in where wind farms could be placed, with potentially less impact on marine life - and less opposition from the human neighbors on shore. ... The University of Maine testing is part of an elaborate physics experiment meant to simulate conditions that full-scale floating wind turbines could face at an installation being planned about 10 miles off the Maine coast in up to 360 feet of water near tiny Monhegan Island.

Partnership launched to unlock billions in energy savings

A new partnership aims to overcome a lack of awareness and weak demand for energy-efficient spaces to help America’s commercial, retail, industrial and office buildings save billions in energy costs each year, according to a release.

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How to Steal an AI

In the burgeoning field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as "black box" systems ... researchers are increasingly proving that even when the inner workings of those machine learning engines are inscrutable, they aren’t exactly secret.

House Passes Six Bills to Protect the Homeland

This week, the House passed six bipartisan bills to improve various Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts, including providing flexibility in the grant funds, ensuring first responder access to new and emerging technologies; improving information sharing between DHS and state and major urban area fusion centers; and better coordination by DHS's efforts related to the security of agriculture products.

At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says

Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday.

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OSHA releases new memo on whistleblower settlements

OSHA has published new guidelines for settlements between employers and employees in whistleblower cases. What's the issue here, and what does the agency want you to know? Keep reading to find out.

Sleep 'big missing piece' of wellness

In all the talk about workplace wellness programs, says one expert, employers are missing one key component: sleep.

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Is The iPhone 7 Plus Apple's First Step To Augmented Reality? Not Likely.

It was a reasonable question to ask. Apple purchased a 3D imaging company called PrimeSense in 2013, and now has released a phone with two camera lenses and the ability to perceive depth of field, the base requirement for capturing 3D spaces and objects. Add that to the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook has made several statements expressing his interest in augmented reality.

Forget Self-Driving Cars. Self-Driving Chairs Have Arrived

In recent weeks, Uber launched autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, Tesla updated its autopilot software and researchers in Amsterdam announced an initiative to explore driverless boats. And now, Nissan offers the world self-driving chairs. The Japanese automaker unveiled a high-tech, battery-powered autonomous chair it says is designed to make waiting in line "easy and fun." The ProPilot chair transports passengers along fixed paths without any instruction from the user. (w/video)

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