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29 Oct 2014

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A probabilistic approach for the optimisation of ultrasonic array inspection techniques

In this paper, a general framework for the optimisation of ultrasonic array inspection techniques in NDE is presented. Defect detection rate is set as the main inspection objective and used to assess the performance of the optimisation framework.

Spatial recognition and mapping of proteins using DNA aptamers

In this study, we demonstrate how oligonucleotide aptamers can be used as versatile probes to simultaneously image and spatially locate targets on surfaces. We focus on two structurally distinct proteins relevant to the clotting cascade-human alpha-thrombin and vascular endothelial growth factor.

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Speeding Climate Simulations

As highlighted in a recent issue of DOE Pulse, which features science and technology news from the DOE National Labs, scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a more efficient way to perform computationally expensive global climate simulations.

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Hanford 'work for materials' deal saves money

Three electrical substations at Hanford along the Columbia River have come down with the help of a subcontractor that worked for no money. Instead, the Department of Energy compensated Transformers Technologies of Salem with the materials the company recovered, which included copper, steel and oil. (w/video)

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States challenge NRC waste rule

Three US states have launched a legal challenge to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) recently approved final rule on storage of used nuclear fuel after reactors have closed.

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Scientists use supercomputers to search for innovative answers to rare-earth supply needs

Researchers in the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at the DOE's Ames Laboratory are looking for innovative answers to rare-earth supply problems.

Simple paper 'litmus' test detects disease, infection

Researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute have developed a simple, printed paper test that could be used for pathogen detection, including cases of ebola. (w/video)

South Korea Plans Advanced Reactor To Burn Spent Nuclear Fuel

Like the United States, South Korea has a growing, burdensome stockpile of spent nuclear fuel. But Korea plans to do something about it, using technology that has been gathering dust in the U.S. to build a reactor that will recycle spent fuel to produce more electricity and less noxious waste.

Battelle's Deep Expertise in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Defense Leads to Contract Win With U.S. Central Command

COLUMBUS, OH - Experts from Battelle are now sitting side by side with yet another group of government experts helping in their critical mission to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction and to mitigate Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) threats. (press release)

Plasma Key to Power Grid Upgrades

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract with the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, could contribute to a more advanced and reliable electric grid and help lower utility bills.

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Hackers breach some White House computers

Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.

Online Security Experts Link More Breaches to Russian Government

SAN FRANCISCO - For the second time in four months, researchers at a computer security company are connecting the Russian government to electronic espionage efforts around the world.

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

Exclusive: Good workplace mental health support improves recruitment and retention

Employees believe that positive approaches by organisations can make them more motivated, and improve recruitment and retention rates. However many do not feel comfortable discussing their mental health with their line manager and have either left or considered leaving a job because of the approach to mental wellbeing.

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Nuclear workers to be honored Oct. 31 in Richland

National Day of Remembrance for former and current nuclear workers will be observed Oct. 31 at the Richland Community Center.

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Antares Rocket. Bound for Space Station, Explodes

An unmanned cargo rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday night.

Ebola Facts: How Many Ebola Patients Have Been Treated Outside of Africa?

Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

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