27 Aug 2015
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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.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry25 Aug 2015
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.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 10 Aug 2015
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)
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)27 Aug 2015
Kerry Bass of Pacific Northwest National Laboratores gave small business owners advice on winning government contracts Wednesday.
East Oregonian (may require paid subscription)26 Aug 2015
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.
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)26 Aug 2015
[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.
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)26 Aug 2015
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.
The Independent (Livermore, CA)27 Aug 2015
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.
Biofuels Digest26 Aug 2015
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.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC27 Aug 2015
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.
The Nation26 Aug 2015
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.
theeagle.com (Bryan-College Station, TX)27 Aug 2015
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.
NATURE NEWS26 Aug 2015
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.
POPULAR SCIENCE26 Aug 2015
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)
EurekAlert!26 Aug 2015
[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.
High Country News (Paonia, CO)26 Aug 2015
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.
SPACENEWS26 Aug 2015
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)
PENN STATE NEWS26 Aug 2015
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.
WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL27 Aug 2015
(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.
CPA Practice Advisor26 Aug 2015
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)
KCCI 8 Des Moines26 Aug 2015
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