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17 Apr 2015

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Direct Observation of Reversible Magnesium Ion Intercalation into a Spinel Oxide Host

By com­bining tools with different sensitivities, from atomic resolution X-ray spectro­scopy to bulk X-ray diffraction, it is demonstrated that Mg2+ reversibly occupies the tetrahedral sites of the spinel structure through the reduction of Mn when the electrochemical reaction is performed.

Nanowire-Bacteria Hybrids for Unassisted Solar Carbon Dioxide Fixation to Value-Added Chemicals

Here we report an artificial photosynthetic scheme that functions via a similar two-step process by developing a biocompatible light-capturing nanowire array that enables a direct interface with microbial systems.

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Examining How Radiative Fluxes Are Affected by Cloud and Particle Characteristics

The research team, led by U.S. Department of Energy scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, found that the global mean radiative flux (FNET) variance is dominated by the cloud forcing variance, given the assigned uncertain parameter ranges. (http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/acp-13-10969-2013)

Handling climate-important cumulus cloud models, regardless of scale

Even as computing power increases, current climate model formulas struggle to handle storm clouds at today's higher resolutions and smaller model grid sizes. Cumulus storm cloud systems are still only partially resolved. Armed with a new formula developed by a research team led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists can now represent cumulus in grid sizes as fine as 2 kilometers to as coarse as 256 kilometers. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2014JD022145)

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Energy Department Announces New Awards For Advanced Nuclear Energy Development

WASHINGTON - Building on the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy and efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Department of Energy today awarded more than 5 million [dollars] to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy.

Purdue Partners With 'Premier' Institution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories, one of the nation's premier research institutions, have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a strategic alliance. (news release)

Radiation accident in East Idaho acknowledged six months after it occurred

An October radiation accident at a waste processing facility on the U.S. Department of Energy's desert site west of Idaho Falls drew concern this week, largely because it took nearly six months for either the DOE or contractor to publicly disclose the incident. The accident happened Oct. 23 at the New Waste Calcining Facility, operated by contractor CH2M-WG Idaho, or CWI.

Report: Nuke dump radiation leak could have been prevented

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday. ... The investigators spent more than a year looking into the cause of the radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

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Two charts that suggest use-it-or-lose-it federal spending is real

The data shows that State Department contract expenditures consistently spiked most among Cabinet-level agencies over the decade-long period covered by the study. State spent 38 percent of its budgets from 2003 through 2013 during the final month of those fiscal years. By comparison, the Energy Department spent about 6 percent of its budgets during the same month of those years, finishing last among Cabinet-level agencies.

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Research suggests toxic contamination could contribute to lamprey decline

Pacific lamprey, an eel-like fish with important ecological and cultural significance in the Columbia River Basin, have been on the decline for decades thanks to dams that block their upstream passage and habitat loss. But a new study suggests that toxic contamination could be contributing as well.

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More Good News For Fuel Cell EV Fans

First up is Rice University with some new research that could make green hydrogen on the cheap, and then we'll take a look at a new tidal energy project that hooks up with a hydrogen recovery system.

ORNL researchers contribute to major UN bioenergy and sustainability report

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - A major United Nations report on bioenergy and sustainability released Tuesday concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change.

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Cybersecurity talent: Worse than a skills shortage, it's a critical gap

The U.S. House of Representatives next week is expected to consider important measures aimed at bulking up American cyber defenses in the wake of numerous and relentless attacks. Leaders from government and the private sector continue to reinforce that cybersecurity is everyone's business. The problem, however, is that we don't have the workforce needed to address the challenges before us.

The Cybersecurity Risk That Dwarfs All Others

You may wonder what the big deal is. After all, if said tech gear is still working, then what's the problem? The answer: end-of-life software is an enormous security risk, as the vendor is no longer patching any security vulnerabilities that may arise.

Pentagon To Recruit Thousands For Cybersecurity Reserve Force

The Pentagon is prepared to draft thousands of private sector and National Guard cyber pros in the event of a network emergency affecting American lives, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday.

Tips for involving workers in cyber security

But while technology is good, and quite necessary, it can't work in a vacuum. People are still the weakest link in the security chain.

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Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

WASHINGTON - In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - which enforces laws against discrimination - also proposed some safeguards for employees.

Protect Workers From The Number One Cause of Workplace Deaths - Distracted Driving

To truly protect your employees from the hazards of distracted driving, your policy should cover more than just texting. A comprehensive policy should cover all employees, both handheld and hands-free devices, company vehicles, company cell phones and all work-related communications.

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Hanford to be one of newest national parks during centennial

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be one of the nation's newest parks as the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday next year. Even if the national park's signature arrowhead - the emblem used at all the nation's parks - has not gone up at Hanford yet, the results of the celebration should last well into the future.

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How much does a 'smart home' really save you?

Perhaps the best evidence for how shaky the case is for smart home tech is notwho is talking about it, but who is not talking about it. The US Department of Energy under the current administration has made repeated appeals to consumers to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home. But while solar panels, weatherization, and high efficiency appliances all get prominent mentions by the DOE, smart home technology is not a major talking point on that agency's website.

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