23 Oct 2014
The fabrication of de novo proteins able to self-assemble on the nano- to meso-length scales is critical in the development of protein-based biomaterials in nanotechnology and medicine. Here we report the design and characterization of a protein engineered coiled-coil that not only assembles into microfibers, but also can bind hydrophobic small molecules.
Biomacromolecules23 Oct 2014
Matter-wave interferometry performed with massive objects elucidates their wave nature and thus tests the quantum superposition principle at large scales. ... Here we propose an interferometer with a levitated, optically cooled and then free-falling silicon nanoparticle in the mass range of one million atomic mass units, delocalized over > 150 nm.
nature communications02 Sep 2014
For National Bioenergy Day on October 22, bioenergy facilities across the country are holding open houses to increase public awareness of bioenergy and its role in the clean energy landscape. ... Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, is the Energy Department's premier chemistry laboratory.
ENVIRONMENTAL XPRT (Environmental Expert)22 Oct 2014
F Reactor has passed its five-year check-up, with Hanford workers finding nothing amiss after unsealing and entering what remains of the reactor.
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)23 Oct 2014R
Rep. Doc Hastings is asking the Department of Energy for its plans for getting radioactive sludge moved away from a storage basin not far from the Columbia River.
Tri-City Herald (may require paid subscription)22 Oct 2014R
Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. It is presented today at the congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability, hosted by the University of Copenhagen.
EurekAlert!23 Oct 2014
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government's accelerated adoption of cloud computing. This final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the world.
EurekAlert!22 Oct 2014
The Savannah River National Laboratory is in a partnership with Clemson University to research more stable ways to isolate and store nuclear waste using minerals.
Aiken Standard23 Oct 2014
Work on a second neutrino detector has just been completed by CNRS and CEA near the Chooz nuclear power plant in northeastern France. Its measurements will supplement those of the first detector installed five years ago to study, as part of the Double Chooz experiment, the characteristics of neutrinos, highly elusive elementary particles produced in abundance in the sun and nuclear reactors.
PHYS.ORG23 Oct 2014
WASHINGTON - Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than 53 million [dollars] for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, tackling key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly.
ENERGY.GOV22 Oct 2014
Geothermal power is a growing part of our country’s energy mix. We want to take a moment to help you learn more about this clean, renewable energy source.
ENERGY.GOV22 Oct 2014
A team led by ETH Professor Yaakov Benenson has developed several new components for biological circuits. These components are key building blocks for constructing precisely functioning and programmable bio-computers. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchembio.1680 and http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5729)
ETHzurich22 Oct 2014
Firm Says New Ebola Rapid Testing Technologies Will Detect Surface and Airborne Infectious Viruses in Minutes
A new suite of mobile bio-detection technologies that can quickly detect the Ebola virus and other potentially lethal pathogens used in bioterrorism is in development by PathSensors Inc., a biotechnology and environmental testing company, but could be some time before its able to be fielded, industry sources told Homeland Security Today.
HSToday.US23 Oct 2014
The U.S. and Russia are joining forces to block a European plan to raise the protection of nuclear reactors against natural disasters after the meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant, diplomats say.
BloombergBusinessweek23 Oct 2014
BM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.
COMPUTERWORLD22 Oct 2014
Robotics scientists nationwide are pondering an intriguing possibility: Might robotic technologies deployed in rescue and disaster situations be quickly repurposed to help contain the Ebola epidemic?
The New York Times (may require paid subscription)22 Oct 2014
During the workday, an employee is hurt from electricity every 30 minutes - severely enough that it requires time off the job. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (http://www.esfi.org), more than 30,000 workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents over the last 10 years, and electrical violations are perennially on OSHA's list of most frequently cited standards.
Safety.BLR.com23 Oct 2014
At its heart, domestic violence is about power and control. ... The good news is that employers can play an important role in ending the cycle of violence.
Huffington Post22 Oct 2014
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