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24 Oct 2016

Today's Categories: Editor's Choice / Hanford Site / Energy/Science Policy / Northwest Science and Technology / National/International Science and Technology / Security / Workforce - Health and Safety / Other /

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Ultrafast electron diffraction imaging of bond breaking in di-ionized acetylene

Can molecules take pictures of themselves? That is more or less the principle underlying laser-induced electron diffraction (LIED): A laser field strips an electron from a molecule and then sends it back to report on the structure of the remaining ion. Wolter et al. applied this technique to acetylene to track the cleavage of its C-H bond after double ionization

Holography with a neutron interferometer

We use a Mach-Zehnder interferometer to perform neutron holography of a spiral phase plate. The object beam passes through a spiral phase plate, acquiring the phase twist characteristic of orbital angular momentum states. The reference beam passes through a fused silica prism, acquiring a linear phase gradient. The resulting hologram is a fork dislocation image, which could be used to reconstruct neutron beams with various orbital angular momenta.

Return to Top of PageHanford Site Hanford Site

Decades-long Hanford cleanup project ends in success

A 25-year project to suck up a cancer-causing chemical from the soil in central Hanford has ended in success. "It’s one of the longest running cleanup projects on the Hanford Site," said Karen Wiemelt, vice president of soil and groundwater cleanup for Hanford contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

Return to Top of PageEnergy/Science Policy Energy/Science Policy

LEED v4 ready to take center stage

Many facility managers, energy managers and building owners aspire to certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. On Nov. 1, the fourth version of LEED will take full effect.

Return to Top of PageNorthwest Science and Technology Northwest Science and Technology

Syncing nanotechnology and cells

At least 30,000 genes make up every cell in our bodies, doing everything from repairing damaged tissue to fending off disease. While biology and technology have long existed as two poles on the science spectrum, a team of UW engineers are working on new ways of linking our biochemical makeup with our technological devices. (

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

Fighting cancer with the power of immunity

Harnessing the body's own immune system to destroy tumors is a tantalizing prospect that has yet to realize its full potential. However, a new advance from MIT may bring this strategy, known as cancer immunotherapy, closer to becoming reality. (

New bacteria groups, and stunning diversity, discovered underground

One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life. (

New professor creates self-​​folding, origami robots

Sam Felton envi­sions a world in which tem­po­rary housing would autonomously con­structed, and origami robots would fold them­selves into 3-​​D machines for space explo­ration. Based on the research he’s done-and the origami robots he’s already built-his vision might not be as far-​​fetched as it would seem. (

Energy Department awards 21.4 million [dollars] for 17 solar energy projects

The U.S. Energy Department is offering 21.4 million [dollars] to fund 17 new projects that help reduce the "soft costs" found with solar energy, such as installation, permits and connecting to the power grid.

Researchers solve the problem of the dimensions of space-time in theories relating to the Large Hadron Collider

Researchers propose an approach to the experimental data generated by the Large Hadron Collider that solves the infinity problem without breaching the four dimensions of space-time. (

Return to Top of PageSecurity Security

Aon just hired the FBI's top cybersecurity expert

Aon has hired the FBI's top cybersecurity expert to its cyber risk team, hoping his expertise will help clients avoid being taken down by an internet attack like the massive one that brought down Twitter, Spotify and others on Friday.

DHS Pandemic Preparedness Needs Improvement

Although the Ebola and Zika outbreaks in the United States never reached the catastrophic heights projected by some public health experts, these crises demonstrated that the United States is not immune to potentially devastating pandemic events threatening the health and security of the nation.

Elegant Physics (and Some Down and Dirty Linux Tricks) Threaten Android Phones

Even the biggest Luddite knows to download updates for his apps and phone. That ensures that the software isn’t vulnerable to easily avoided attacks. Research into a different type of vulnerability, though, has recently shown that manipulating the physical properties of hardware can pose a different digital threat-one that can't be patched with software alone. Now, researchers in Amsterdam have demonstrated how this type of hack can allow them, and potentially anyone, to take control of Android phones.

Training to fight cybercrime can pay off big

Want a career with zero chances of going jobless? Try the booming field of cybersecurity. Companies can’t hire fast enough. In the United States, companies report 209,000 cybersecurity jobs that are in need of filling.

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

OSHA announces new guidance for safety and health programs

For years-decades really-OSHA has reinforced the same recommendations for programs to improve workplace safety and health. Twenty-seven years after the initial guidance, the agency has tweaked those recommendations. Keep reading to find out what's changed and why it matters.

How 10 companies are breaking the benefits mold

From retirement and health plans to unlimited paid time off, work flexibility and hot new benefits such as student loan repayment and professional development, these 10 companies are leading the pack when it comes to innovation in the field.

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Gordon Hamilton, Climate Scientist, Dies in Accident in Antarctica

A climate scientist who studied glaciers died in Antarctica on Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding went into a 100-foot-deep crevasse, according to the National Science Foundation, which was funding his research. The accident is under investigation, officials said. (w/video)

Tricks, Treats and Tips for a Ghoulishly Low Energy Bill

Here at, we take energy - and Halloween - pretty seriously...That's why we created Energyween - a spooky, tongue-in-cheek celebration of energy and how we use it. (w/video)

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