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04 May 2016

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Microporous-mesoporous carbons for energy storage synthesized by activation of carbonaceous material by zinc chloride, potassium hydroxide or mixture of them

Highlights: - Carbonaceous materials were synthesized by hydrothermal carbonization method. - The porosity of activated carbon has been fine-tuned by KOH and ZnCl2 activation. - The energy stored increased with the specific surface area of activated carbon. - Activated carbons with mixed micro- and mesoporosity deliver very high power.

Field flow fractionation online with ICP-MS as novel approach for the quantification of fine particulate carbon in stream water samples and soil extracts

Our study explores the potential of online particulate carbon detection by ICP-MS to overcome limitations of previously used UV detection or offline total organic carbon measurements. A novel organic carbon detector (OCD) was used as independent sensitive carbon detector to validate the ICP-MS results.

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DOE Office of Science selects 49 scientists to receive early career research funding

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science has selected 49 scientists from across the nation - including 22 from DOE's national laboratories and 27 from U.S. universities - to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program. [Three PNNL scientists - Yingge Du, Kirsten S. Hofmockel, and James J. Moran - were selected.]

New tool allows scientists to visualize 'nanoscale' processes

Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a new tool that allows scientists for the first time to see, at the scale of five billionths of a meter, "nanoscale" mixing processes occurring in liquids. ... Joseph Patterson, a postdoctoral researcher in Gianneschi laboratory, working with researchers at SCIENION AG in Germany and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has ... [developed] a technique as well as a tool that allows scientists to deposit tiny amounts of liquid - about 50 trillionths of a liter - within the viewing area of the LCTEM microscope.

The Future of Bioenergy Is in this Book-less Library

The Bioenergy Feedstock Library contains no books. What it does contain is information about biomass - organic material such as corn stover, switchgrass, wood chips and wheat straw. ... The library contributes to the research of industry partners, universities and collaborators at Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Joint BioEnergy Institute and Sandia National Laboratories. And its potential for expansion is vast.

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State AG considers legal options to protect Hanford workers

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has called for more federal involvement to help protect workers at Hanford tank farms from chemical vapors.

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WIPP one step closer to reopening

CARLSBAD - With the Department of Energy's approval of their newest Documented Safety Analysis, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant finds itself one, very complicated, step closer to reopening by the end of the year.

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TVA prepares to start America's first new nuclear power reactor in 20 years

The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to start a nuclear chain reaction within its newest reactor this month as it moves toward adding the first new atomic unit to America's power grid in two decades by this summer.

Scientists challenge conventional wisdom to improve predictions of bootstrap current

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have challenged understanding of a key element in fusion plasmas. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4945615)

Battery Breakthrough Will Revolutionize Energy Storage

Fifth-year doctoral student Mya Le Thai has found a way to cover nanowires in a gel that allows the nanowire stand up to use. Without the gel, the nanowire is weak and breaks after a few charges. With the gel, a recent test showed the nanowire stood up to 200,000 charges in three months - a typical battery dies after 5,000 to 7,000 charges. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00029)

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Why CEOs Are Failing Cybersecurity, And How To Help Them Get Passing Grades

Cybercrime is on the rise - to the tune of 2.1 trillion [dollars] by 2019, according to Juniper Research. The Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) states that no location, industry or organization is immune from attack.

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5 workplace trends driving change in offices

From implementing wellness and sustainability initiatives, to leveraging technology investments and the growing freelance economy, the priority list of issues that affect the workplace and workplace happiness is as important as it is long.

Job harassment said to cause many health risks

Workplace harassment is directly tied to a variety of physical and psychological problems including higher rates of stress, loss of sleep, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The findings come from researchers at Ball State University.

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Gravitational-wave detection earns LIGO scientists a 3 million [dollar] Breakthrough Prize

Caltech's Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever, along with MIT's Rainer Weiss, are among the winners of a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, worth 3 million [dollars]. Those three founders of the 1.1 billion [dollar] LIGO project will share 1 million [dollars] of the prize. The remaining 2 million [dollars] will be divvied up among the 1,012 authors of February's research paper detailing the gravitational wave detection.

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