19 Dec 2014
Quantitative mapping of zinc fluxes in the mammalian egg reveals the origin of fertilization-induced zinc sparks
We show that the zinc spark arises from a system of thousands of zinc-loaded vesicles.
nature chemistry15 Dec 2014
We utilize process modeling to assess the energy efficiency and economic feasibility of a generic solar refinery. The analysis demonstrates that the realization of a solar refinery is contingent upon significant technological improvements in all areas described above (solar energy capture and conversion, CO2 capture, and catalytic conversion processes).
Energy & Environmental Science03 Oct 2014
With the promise of sunlight into fuel, strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is widely studied. The problem is the optical band gap or the energy needed to get electrons to do work after being hit with light. At 3.2 electron-volts, the gap requires ultraviolet light. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory shortened the gap to 2.3 eV, putting it in the visible light regime. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm503541u)
PHYS ORG19 Dec 2014
SPOKANE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland supported more than 1.3 billion [dollars] in spending and 6,800 jobs in the Washington economy last year, according to a study prepared by lab economists and released Thursday.
The Columbian18 Dec 2014
Aerosols produced naturally during wave breaking include minerals such as salt and bits of organic matter. They contribute to climate processes when they are ejected from the ocean into the atmosphere. There they play a large role in the formation of clouds and precipitation and in governing where solar energy is directed. The complex process is considered by scientists one of the important unknowns in attempts to simulate and predict climate phenomena. ... Contributors to the study include ... Susannah Burrows of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2014JD021913)
Scripps Institution of OCEANOGRAPHY UC San Diego18 Dec 2014
A lawsuit brought against Bechtel National by one of its subcontractors at the Hanford vitrification plant has been settled through mediation.
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)19 Dec 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council is demanding that the federal government remove nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - first to a temporary location until a permanent spot is identified. The council approved a resolution Tuesday night that urges the Department of Energy to identify a permanent disposal site for the used nuclear fuel as required by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.
Laguna Beach COASTLINE PILOT18 Dec 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project.
U-T San Diego18 Dec 2014
Making a Good Thing Better: Berkeley Lab Researchers Open a Possible Avenue to Better Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries
The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Berkeley Lab researchers looking for a better understanding of liquid electrolyte may have found a pathway forward. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4CP03240C)
BERKELEY LAB19 Dec 2014
Christmas is coming. Around the world, people who celebrate the end of the year holidays are taking time off and heading home to see friends and relatives. They include aid workers fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. And they include residents of the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. (w/video)
NBC NEWS19 Dec 2014
Washington - A CNN review of cyber attacks against federal agencies shows that the number of breaches into government systems is skyrocketing. "Espionage is happening at a rate we have never seen before," said Denise Zheng, a deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (w/video)
CNN Politics19 Dec 2014
The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. (w/slideshow)
nola.com The Times-Picayune (Greater New Orleans)19 Dec 2014
Without ceremony, President Obama on Dec. 18 signed five cybersecurity-related bills, including legislation to update the Federal Information Security Management Act, the law that governs federal government IT security.
GOV INFO SECURITY18 Dec 2014
The Safely Working Project is one such solution. It is a framework for building and maintaining a positive workplace culture of "safely working 100 percent of the time."
Safety.BLR.com19 Dec 2014
The World Health Organization has called stress "the health epidemic of the 21st century."
Safety Daily Advisor12 Dec 2014
Savage Logistics of Richland has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to perform demolition at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California as part of a joint venture company.
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)18 Dec 2014
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