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27 Aug 2015

Today's Categories: Editor's Choice / PNNL in the News / Hanford Site / DOE around the U.S. / Energy/Science Policy / National/International Science and Technology / Security / Workforce - Health and Safety /

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An open port sampling interface for liquid introduction atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometry

The open port sampling interface provides a means to introduce and quickly analyze unprocessed solid or liquid samples with the liquid introduction atmospheric pressure ionization source without fear of sampling interface or ionization source contamination.

Highly efficient nonprecious metal catalyst prepared with metal-organic framework in a continuous carbon nanofibrous network

We report here a method of preparing highly efficient, nanofibrous NPMC [nonprecious metal catalysts] for cathodic oxygen reduction reaction by electrospinning a polymer solution containing ferrous organometallics and zeolitic imidazolate framework followed by thermal activation.

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Our Voice: Giving thanks for a better life: PNNL electric research

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is involved in research that should make the world an even better place. On its campus is the Systems Engineering Building, an electricity infrastructure operation center designed for research focused on fixing, updating and protecting the U.S. energy grid. (opinion)

Hermiston business owners get tips for pursuing contracts

Kerry Bass of Pacific Northwest National Laboratores gave small business owners advice on winning government contracts Wednesday.

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National board hears safety culture is improving at Hanford vit plant

The safety culture at the Hanford vitrification plant is improving, said Department of Energy officials at a public meeting Wednesday evening held by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Newhouse calls for more emergency money to prevent fires

[Rep. Dan] Newhouse has learned from a Hanford working group that has given him the opportunity to familiarize himself with the site and strategize about its future, he said. But it will be important for the community to work together on ensuring money keeps coming for its cleanup.

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Effort to Avoid Contract Competition Will Cost Sandia Corp. 4.8 Million [dollars]

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Sandia Corporation has agreed to pay nearly 4.8 million [dollars] to settle allegations that it improperly used public contract funds to avoid future competition for the operation of Sandia National Laboratory.

Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest's 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE algae program

The Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO's) Algae Program is carrying out a long-term applied research and development (R&D) strategy to increase the yields and lower the costs of algal biofuels.

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Minerals are Essential to address Climate Change and meet Sustainable Development Goals

Attempts to mitigate society's carbon footprint while sustaining an adequate pace of development necessarily involve an adequate and reliable supply of mineral raw materials. However, this issue has received minimal global policy attention.

 Hawaii's Governor Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables

At the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week, Governor David Ige dropped a bombshell. His administration will not use natural gas to replace the state's petroleum-fueled electricity plants, but will make a full-court press toward 100 percent renewables by 2045.

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Texas A&M chemistry professor receives 1.5 million [dollar] grant to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Texas A&M chemistry professor Hongcai "Joe" Zhou has received a grant from the United States Department of Energy for 1.5 million [dollars], helping to bring his team's research of a "globally important issue" one step closer to commercialization. Zhou's research focuses on developing a "spongelike" material capable of separating and absorbing carbon dioxide from coal-based power plants.

Biohackers gear up for genome editing

Hailed for its simplicity and versatility, CRISPR allows scientists to make specific changes to a gene’s sequence more easily than ever before. Researchers have used CRISPR to edit genes in everything from bacteria to human embryos; the technique holds the potential to erase genetic defects from family pedigrees plagued by inherited disease, treat cancer in unprecedented ways or grow human organs in pigs.

Caged Wetlands Could Show The Future Impacts Of Climate Change

In Minnesota, scientists with the Department of Energy are pumping carbon dioxide into the air to see how wetlands respond in a project called Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change, or SPRUCE.

Cellular contamination pathway for plutonium, other heavy elements, identified

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have reported a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. (http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1073/pnas.1508902112)

Could fugitive methane help out remote communities?

[Taku Ide] came away from the experience with a vision that could help the climate, and harness fugitive methane emissions to provide power to remote, energy-poor communities.

DoE to Crank Out New Plutonium-238 in 2019

LAUREL, Md. - The U.S. Department of Energy will start producing new plutonium-238 for deep space missions around 2019, but production will ramp up slowly, and NASA still has not committed to setting aside any of the isotope for small missions.

Solar cell research funded by U.S. Department of Energy

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Fixed-tilt concentrating photovoltaic panels that will deliver significantly more energy than conventional photovoltaic solar panels are the aim of Penn State's solar energy research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for 2.9 million [dollars]. (press release)

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Fresh off the OPM breach, federal technology officers discuss threats with cybersecurity leaders

Federal agencies send their technology officers to cybersecurity conferences so they can gauge the industry and devise strategies for their own systems. Many were in attendance for "The Future of Security and Compliance in a Hostile World" on Wednesday at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington.

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

How to Implement a Workplace Safety Plan - And Why You Need To

(ADP @Work Blog ) - A safe workplace is a more productive one. Creating a workplace safety plan can help reduce the risk of employee injury or illness - and lower your workers' compensation costs, too.

Security expert addresses violence in the workplace

DES MOINES, Iowa - "Security measures need to stay in place and be adjusted based upon the threat, not based upon, 'We're not going to fund it any more,' or 'Nothing has happened so we're going to discontinue security.'" ... Employee assistance programs can help address issues before they escalate. (w/video)

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