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31 Jul 2015

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Palladium-Catalyzed Site-Selective Fluorination of Unactivated C(sp3)-H Bonds

The transition-metal-catalyzed direct C-H bond fluorination is an attractive synthetic tool toward the preparation of organofluorines.

The feasibility of in situ geological sequestration of supercritical carbon dioxide coupled to underground coal gasification

Based on the thermophysical properties of supercritical carbon dioxide and available power plant engineering information, it is shown that the maximum achievable efficiency of carbon dioxide sequestration in underground cavities left after in situ coal gasification is approximately only 14%.

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New insight on how crystals form may advance materials, health, basic science research

Now, an international group of researchers has shown how nature uses a variety of pathways to grow crystals that go beyond the classical, one-atom-at-a-time route. ... "Because crystallization is a ubiquitous phenomenon across a wide range of scientific disciplines, a shift in the picture of how this process occurs has far-reaching consequences," said materials scientist and physicist James De Yoreo at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Two PNNL atmospheric scientists elected Fellows of the American Geophysical Union

Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Geophysical Union. Alex Guenther and Phil Rasch join the class of 60 scientists being honored by AGU for "exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of earth and space science." (press release)

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Energy Department to Invest in Advanced Reactor Concept Development

WASHINGTON - Furthering efforts to encourage clean energy innovation, the Energy Department today released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the research, development, and demonstration of advanced reactor concepts. (press release)

Fermilab expansion plan signals big future at laboratory site

Make no mistake about it, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia is still one of the places to be in the world of particle physics.

Latest audit cites more safety shortfalls at LANL

Workers who don't comply with safety protocols and a lack of qualified safety analysts have left the plutonium processing facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory vulnerable to a nuclear accident, according to an audit by the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General.

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Green Building Standards Take Next Step Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After two years of negotiations, residential green building standards are taking the next step forward. Specifically, the leading building code organizations have partnered to develop a singular green building code.

Hate COMPETES? With new bill, Rep. Smith doubles down on pending NSF legislation

The new bill repackages Section 106 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), which would require NSF to tell the public why every award is "in the national interest." It lists seven criteria, including bolstering the nation's economy, improving its scientific workforce, and fostering partnerships with industry.

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Warm water 'blob' invades Puget Sound

SEATTLE - The water temperatures in Puget Sound are four degrees higher than normal, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. The reason say scientists, is that the warmer than normal waters expanding in the Pacific Ocean are now reaching inland, with devastating results to marine life and threatening human health. (w/video)

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Could a Wind Turbine Be Coming to a Bridge Near You?

Engineers find, in a simulation, that two wind turbines mounted under a bridge in the Canary Islands could power hundreds of homes

This Kind Of Electricity Provider Is Already Integrating Renewables

Unregulated by public commissions and unfettered by shareholders, electricity co-ops answer to their customers, who elect the companies' boards. This structure, and their smaller size, allows co-ops to be more flexible, coming up with new and innovative ways to embrace the future of energy, advocates say.

WattTime Pinpoints the Greenest Grid Power

With the right mix of grid data and emissions data, it should be possible to turn price-responsive assets into emissions-responsive assets, and give green-minded consumers and corporations another reason to buy into smart energy controls. That's the proposition behind WattTime. ... It's since grown to delivering its data to university energy management systems, smart EV chargers, and scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Argonne National Lab finds butanol is good for boats

The laboratory, in collaboration with industrial partner Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), and with support from the marine industry, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and American Boat and Yacht Council, has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol for use in watercraft.

U.S. Sets Goal for Faster Supercomputers. Much, Much Faster.

President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to build the world's fastest computer, a machine capable of speeds far beyond technology's current reach, in a bid to enlarge the frontiers of fields including medicine, biology and astronomy.

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As cyberattacks mount, Pentagon looks for ways to retaliate

A barrage of cyberattacks on government agencies, blue-chip companies and critical infrastructure has prompted Pentagon officials to take a hard look at adapting the military concept that helped keep the world safe from nuclear bombings during the Cold War to the digital battlefield of the 21st century.

Hardware from old nuclear weapons systems becomes valuable teaching resource

Sandia National Laboratories is preserving the history of nuclear weapons in hardware developed since the start of the nuclear era as a way to connect new generations of weapons engineers to the engineering work of past generations.

7 cybersecurity questions to expect after the OPM breach

While identifying parties, policies and practices responsible for cybersecurity breaches is an understandable part of the post-mortem process, it is more important to learn from recent events and encourage dialog that may result in sound choices in the future for information assurance in major computer systems.

SAFETY Act: Promoting and Incentivizing Cybersecurity Best Practices

Earlier this week, the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a hearing to examine the potential benefits of expanding the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act to include cybersecurity.

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Where's the Mental Health First Aid Kit?

There's a gap in mental health and substance use that is ignored and simply seems too complex. Not anymore. That's where Mental Health First Aid comes in.

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Google said to be trying out new version of Glass for workplace

The search giant has made tweaks to its smart eyewear as it pitches the device to the enterprise. One change: Workers will be able to attach the device to an existing pair of glasses.

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