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15 Aug 2017

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A multimodal dataset for various forms of distracted driving

We describe a multimodal dataset acquired in a controlled experiment on a driving simulator. The set includes data for n=68 volunteers that drove the same highway under four different conditions: No distraction, cognitive distraction, emotional distraction, and sensorimotor distraction.

Efficient colored silicon solar modules using integrated resonant dielectric nanoscatterers

Photovoltaics (PV) can make a major contribution to the generation of renewable energy at a very large scale. In the past decades, PV research has focused on the development of PV materials and solar cell architectures with the aim to raise PV conversion efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs.

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DOE Secretary Rick Perry Visits The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Secretary Perry is visiting the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) today which he oversees as the Secretary of Energy, along with the other National Laboratories in America.

Cybersecurity tops Cantwell's agenda for Energy Secretary's Tri-City visit

Cyber security tops U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's agenda as she prepares to welcome Energy Secretary Rick Perry on his first official visit to Eastern Washington this week. The former governor of Texas toured McNary Dam on Monday evening and tours the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and areas of Hanford today, fulfilling a promise he made to Cantwell during his confirmation hearings.

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Fire burns about 9 acres at Hanford

A Saturday fire burned 9.3 acres in the vicinity of H Reactor in the Hanford 100 Area. Officials don’t yet know the cause.

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Sierra Club sues U.S. Energy Department over power grid study

Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid.

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New Battery Material Goes With the Flow

A new material shows promise for batteries that store electricity for the grid. The material, created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, consists of carefully structured molecules designed to be particularly electrochemically stable in order to prevent the battery from losing energy to unwanted reactions. In this type of battery, called nonaqueous redox flow, energy is stored in negatively and positively charged solutions inside large tanks.

Science balloons soaring on new missions

For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth's atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station.

Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale

Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years.

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Make the training stick: How to engage users in cybersecurity practices

Cyberattackers count on untrained computer users to react to electronic bait a certain way, and when they succeed it is because employees are not as engaged with cybersecurity practices as they should be. And that can include those who have already been through training.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to ease rhetoric in standoff over nuclear weapons

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to take a step back from the brink of nuclear war Tuesday, when state media reported that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees." (w/video)

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

Incorporating JSAs Into Your Safety Process

All information captured by you and your team can be further analyzed and used in order to predict, mitigate, and avoid risk. The job safety analysis process has many aliases and acronyms, although in its pure essence it's a process by which jobs or tasks are assessed so that potential hazards can be identified and eliminated prior to the start of work.

OSHA Announces Second Meeting on Strengthening VPP

It will include a review of the July 17, 2017, meeting and comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action, according to the OSHA announcement, which explains that OSHA "is seeking to reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth."

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Weekend Rain Helps, But Northwest Wildfire Potential Still High

A heat wave broke and the air quality improved in the Northwest as a cold front moved across Oregon and Washington, but fire officials are still on high alert. They reported 24 new wildfires over the weekend.



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Nighttime Pictures Reveal Antarctica's Cracking Ice Shelves

On June 17, the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on Landsat 8 captured this false-color image of the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf. Orange depicts where the surface is warmest, while light blues and whites are the coldest areas. The deep blue hue around the crack indicates that relatively warm ocean water is not far below the icy surface. (w/photo)

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