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27 Feb 2015

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Metal-free efficient photocatalyst for stable visible water splitting via a two-electron pathway

The use of solar energy to produce molecular hydrogen and oxygen (H2 and O2) from overall water splitting is a promising means of renewable energy storage.

Transitions from Near-Surface to Interior Redox upon Lithiation in Conversion Electrode Materials

Nanoparticle electrodes in lithium-ion batteries have both near-surface and interior contributions to their redox capacity, each with distinct rate capabilities. Using combined electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray methods and ab initio calculations, we have investigated the lithiation pathways that occur in NiO electrodes.

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Researchers Develop Simple Prostate Cancer Assays for ERG

In terms of early prostate cancer detection methods, more is better. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington determined that the ETS-related gene (ERG) is a reliable biomarker for prostate cancer and can be detected using simple assays available in the clinic. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12967-015-0418-z)

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No direct answers from energy secretary on Hanford cleanup along the Columbia

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was asked in a third congressional budget hearing Thursday about how a proposed fiscal 2016 budget cut would affect plans for cleaning up two key waste sites at Hanford in the area along the Columbia River.

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Frank Munger: Battelle mulls work for NNSA

During an interview at last week's Nuclear Deterrence Summit in Washington, Ron Townsend, Battelle's executive vice president for global laboratory operations, revealed that Battelle - the world's largest nonprofit research and development company - is evaluating possible roles in the nuclear weapons complex.

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE, Pentagon considering new uses for Nev. site - lawmakers

House Republicans say two federal agencies are planning to use the remote Yucca Mountain site in southern Nevada for activities other than its congressionally authorized use as a repository for spent fuel from nuclear reactors.

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NEI Pushes Department Of Energy On Nuclear Technology Export Licensing

The Nuclear Energy Institute this week commended the U.S. Department of Energy for its efforts to revamp nuclear technology exporting laws for the first first time in 25 years. But, as the DOE has issued the final changes to the regulations that have gone through substantial agency and public review, the NEI said more work remains to be done to keep U.S. companies as competitive as possible in the nuclear power industry.

USDA Expands Investments in Next-Generation Bioenergy Development

Phoenix, Ariz. - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of up to 8.7 million [dollars] in funding for bioenergy research and education efforts as well as publishing the final rule for a program that provides incentives for farmers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy.

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Data Links Sustainability with Office Tenant Satisfaction

Allison Porter, vice president of sustainability certifications at DTZ, says her team matched tenant responses to Kingsley Associates' tenant surveys with 61 buildings in Washington, D.C. The purpose, she says, was to see if tenant happiness went up along with sustainability features at the buildings the tenants occupied. The results seemed to match the hypothesis: A building with more green features impacted how tenants perceived their workplace, Porter says.

New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective.

Refined method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals.(http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4EE03230F)

New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building's energy efficiency. (w/video)

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab experiments with 3-D printed custom equipment

PLAINSBORO - When researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory need a piece of equipment, they hit print.

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Adapting to Climate Change, and More from CRS

A new report from the Congressional Research Service describes government agency plans to anticipate and adapt to the effects of climate change, as required by a 2013 executive order.

QR codes engineered into cybersecurity protection

QR, or Quick Response, codes - those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something - have been used to convey information about everything from cereals to cars and new homes. But, University of Connecticut researchers think the codes have a greater potential: protecting national security.

Survey reveals sorry state of European cybersecurity

The European Commission's annual Eurobarometer Cyber Security Survey, the third edition of which was recently released, is a substantial survey of more than 27,000 respondents from 28 countries. It contains interesting and, more often than not, disappointing revelations about the state of Europe's security.

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10 Ways Your Job May Be Killing You

Long hours, job insecurity, lack of work-life balance and other workplace stressors contribute to at least 120,000 deaths each year and account for up to 190 billion [dollars] in health care costs, according to a Stanford University Graduate School of Business study.

Big Doctor Is Watching: How your fitness tracker could increase your health insurance costs someday

As tech innovators rush to unlock our physiological secrets, it's unclear what will happen to all the data generated from sensor-based devices. How will the data be secured? Who owns the rights to it? Can the information be sold to third parties? What restrictions exist for using health data in unexpected and potentially harmful ways? Our lawmakers haven't answered these questions - and neither have the companies they're meant to oversee.

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