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Article ID: 703715

Opening Access to Explore the Synthetic Chemistry of Neptunium

Department of Energy, Office of Science

New, easily prepared starting material opens access to learning more about a difficult-to-control element in nuclear waste.

Released:
15-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 703981

Penn State Mechanical, Nuclear Engineering to become independent departments

Penn State College of Engineering

Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, said separating the programs will allow each to grow, as well as focus on their individual strengths.

Released:
14-Nov-2018 12:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 703504

A Next Step for GRETA: A Better Gamma-Ray Detector

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A new high-resolution gamma-ray detector system – designed to reveal new details about atomic nuclei – has passed an important project milestone.

Released:
7-Nov-2018 2:30 PM EST
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Article ID: 703185

Triad National Security Takes the Helm at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., November 1, 2018 -- Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA awarded the M&O contract to Triad on June 8, 2018.

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1-Nov-2018 11:10 AM EDT
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    29-Oct-2018 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 702797

Finally, a Robust Fuel Cell that Runs on Methane at Practical Temperatures

Georgia Institute of Technology

Either exorbitantly expensive fuel or insanely hot temperatures have made fuel cells a boutique proposition, but now there's one that runs on cheap methane and at much lower temperatures. This is a practical, affordable fuel cell and a "sensation in our world," the engineers say.

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25-Oct-2018 11:30 AM EDT

Article ID: 702945

‘Majority Rules’ When Looking for Earthquakes, Explosions

Sandia National Laboratories

A dormant volcano in Antarctica helped researchers at Sandia National Laboratories improve sensor data readings to better detect earthquakes and explosions and tune out everyday sounds such as traffic and footsteps. Finding the ideal settings for each sensor in a network to detect vibrations in the ground, or seismic activity, can be a painstaking and manual process. Researchers at Sandia are working to change that by using software that automatically adjusts the seismic activity detection levels for each sensor. Sandia tested the new software with seismic data from the Mt. Erebus volcano in Antarctica and achieved 18 percent fewer false detections and 11 percent fewer missed detections than the original performance of the sensors on Mt. Erebus.

Released:
29-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 702759

Clean Energy to Power a Brighter Future

Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Led by Oregon State University College of Engineering professor emeritus Jose Reyes, NuScale Power intends to become the first company to introduce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology to the world. NuScale's unconventional SMR design is unlike anything status quo. SMRs are economic, factory built, shippable, scalable, and they are capable of providing power to areas with limited infrastructure or access to water. Most importantly, they provide something we must have — a reactor that cannot melt down.

Released:
29-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702702

Scientists Unravel the Mysteries of Polymer Strands in Fuel Cells

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Fuel cell efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells decreases as the Nafion membrane, used to separate the anode and cathode within a fuel cell, swells as it interacts with water. Russian and Australian researchers have now shown that this Nafion separator membrane partially unwinds some of its constituent fibers, which then protrude away from the surface into the bulk water phase for hundreds of microns. Their results were published in this week’s Journal of Chemical Physics.

Released:
24-Oct-2018 9:40 AM EDT

Article ID: 702548

Sandia delivers first DOE sounding rocket program since 1990s

Sandia National Laboratories

A new rocket program could help cut research and development time for new weapons systems from as many as 15 years to less than five. Sandia National Laboratories developed the new program, called the High Operational Tempo Sounding Rocket Program, or HOT SHOT, and integrated it for its first launch earlier this year under the National Nuclear Security Administration's direction.

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22-Oct-2018 10:30 AM EDT

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