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16 Sep 2014

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Editor's Choice Editor's Choice

NMR structure validation in relation to dynamics and structure determination

NMR spectroscopy is a key technique for understanding the behaviour of proteins, especially highly dynamic proteins that adopt multiple conformations in solution. Overall, protein structures determined from NMR spectroscopy data constitute just over 10% of the Protein Data Bank archive. This review covers the validation of these NMR protein structures, but rather than describing currently available methodology, it focuses on concepts that are important for understanding where and how validation is most relevant.

Embedded resource accounting for coupled natural-human systems: An application to water resource impacts of the western U.S. electrical energy trade

In complex coupled natural-human systems (CNH), multitype networks link social, environmental, and economic systems with flows of matter, energy, information, and value. Embedded Resource Accounting (ERA) is a systems analysis framework that includes the indirect connections of a multitype CNH network... This paper presents results for the water and electrical energy system in the Western U.S.

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Decoding virus-host interactions in the oxygen-starved ocean

Collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science user facility, Steven Hallam's lab at the University of British Columbia has been studying a microbial community dominated by SUP05, an currently uncultivated group of microorganisms... Hallam also said that the data their labs have generated through the CSP has enabled them to conduct collaborative projects with the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

PNNL develops make-your-own microscope for cell phones

Want a microscope to attach to your smart phone? If you have access to a three-dimensional printer, you can make one using materials costing pennies and design specifications Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offers free of charge.

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More Hanford workers checked for chemical vapor exposure

Four Hanford workers were sent to the Hanford medical provider the morning of Sept. 15 after possible chemical vapors were smelled at Hanford's SY Tank Farm.

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Carbon sequestration research continues at Sandia Labs under Energy Department funds

Sandia researchers are sharing a four-year, 12 million [dollar] Department of Energy research contract on the long-term geologic sequestration of carbon, considered a key element in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (press release)

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FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Partners with Private Sector on New Commitments to Slash Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases and Catalyze Global HFC Phase Down

The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to slow the effects of climate change so we leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That's why, today, the Administration is announcing new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. (press release)

Return to Top of PageNational/International Science and Technology National/International Science and Technology

Carbon injection initiative supported by new research

Industrial-scale injection of carbon dioxide into naturally occurring basalt lava rock is a strategy being trialled at sites around the world, including Iceland, India and the US. A study by Geoscientists at the University of Aberdeen revealed that this process has happened in nature in the past and the information could give an idea of how much CO2 the rocks could potentially hold.

FACTBOX-Proposed U.S. nuclear power reactors

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday approved GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) design, allowing power companies to use it in nuclear plants they may build.

Future of energy storage

MIT professor Fikile Brushett is in the process of taking the power generated by wind and solar, chemically lashing it to molecules derived from flora and fauna, and storing it in liquids until it's needed to electrify our homes. The fact that such a system-if it's feasible-is likely years from reality doesn't deter Brushett... An electrochemical engineer, Brushett works on applying fundamental electrochemistry to boost the performance and durability of our future energy storage systems.

NASA & DOE Crowdsource Wave Energy Modeling Tools In Open-WARP Challenge

One thing that could help ramp up wave power as a viable energy source is the development of better, and more affordable, modeling software, which can be used to improve and optimize marine and hydrokinetic devices, before they get built and deployed for testing. To that end, NASA, the US Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and Sandia National Labs, are working on an open source modeling tool called WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter Simulator), and they're looking to crowdsource some of the coding for their initiative. (blog) (w/video)

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DHS helps new tech survive research lab growing pains

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program designed to help ensure technologies developed in the national lab system and other public sector research facilities find their way to active use in government and industry.

Return to Top of PageWorkforce - Health and Safety Workforce - Health and Safety

How To Cope With Depression At Work

Chances are, someone at your workplace has depression. It could be a co-worker; it could be you. Not just a case of the blues, not deadline burnout, but chronic, clinical depression that requires ongoing treatment. According to Mental Health America, one in 20 workers is experiencing depression at any given time. And you don't just snap out of it with a little willpower. It's a process that starts by getting the help you need. Here's how people manage at work while dealing head-on with depression.

Q&A: How to have the best retirement possible

Jo Ann Jenkins, 56, the new CEO of AARP offers advice to retirees: "Take advantage and use this time in your life to do something that is important to you." (w/video)

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ISU awarded nuclear research grant

Idaho State University could soon give schools such as M.I.T a run for its money, after the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program awarded ISU more than 600,000 [dollars] in grant money this week.

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