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    1-Aug-2018 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 698199

As Temperatures Rise, Earth’s Soil Is ‘Breathing’ More Heavily

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The vast reservoir of carbon stored beneath our feet is entering Earth’s atmosphere at an increasing rate, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Blame microbes: When they chew on decaying leaves and dead plants, they convert a storehouse of carbon into carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere.

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30-Jul-2018 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 696421

Enhanced Detection of Nuclear Events, Thanks to Deep Learning

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are exploring deep learning to interpret data related to national security, the environment, the cosmos, and breast cancer. In one project a deep neural network is interpreting data about nuclear events as well as – sometimes better than – today’s best automated methods or human experts.

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21-Jun-2018 12:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 696258

Scientists isolate protein data from the tiniest of caches – single human cells

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Scientists have captured the most information yet about proteins within a single human cell, giving scientists one of their clearest looks yet at the molecular happenings inside a human cell. The team detected on average more than 650 proteins in each cell – many times more than conventional techniques capture from single cells.

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19-Jun-2018 12:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 696069

Seawater yields first grams of yellowcake

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release SEQUIM, Wash. — For the first time, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production — using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater."This is a significant milestone," said Gary Gill, a researcher at PNNL, a Department of Energy national laboratory, and the only one with a marine research facility, located in Sequim, Wash.

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13-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 695951

PNNL Technology Clears Way for Ethanol-Derived Jet Fuel

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — ASTM International recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 — the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons — to add ethanol as an approved feedstock for producing alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK). The revision of ASTM D7566 Annex A5 clears the way for increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuels because ethanol feedstocks can be made from so many different low-cost sources.

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11-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 694696

PNNL Successfully Vitrifies Three Gallons of Radioactive Tank Waste

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have vitrified low-activity waste from underground storage tanks at Hanford, immobilizing the radioactive and chemical materials within a durable glass waste form.Approximately three gallons of low-activity Hanford tank waste were vitrified at PNNL's Radiochemical Processing Laboratory in April.

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16-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 694606

PNNL Part of a New National Center for Near-Atomic Resolution of Biological Molecules

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oregon Health & Science University has been chosen as a national center for a Nobel Prize-winning method of imaging, cryo-electron microscopy, that is revolutionizing structural biology.

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15-May-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 694211

Powerful Hurricanes Strengthen Faster Now Than 30 Years Ago

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Hurricanes that intensify rapidly – a characteristic of almost all powerful hurricanes – do so more strongly and quickly now than they did 30 years ago, according to a study published recently in Geophysical Research Letters. The phenomenon is due largely to a climate cycle known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.

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9-May-2018 12:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 692760

A Heavyweight Solution for Lighter-Weight Combat Vehicles

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed and successfully tested a novel process - called Friction Stir Dovetailing - that joins thick plates of aluminum to steel. The new process will be used to make lighter-weight military vehicles that are more agile and fuel efficient.

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12-Apr-2018 11:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 691766

Research Hints at Double the Driving Range for Electric Vehicles

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered it's all about the salt concentration.

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27-Mar-2018 10:05 AM EDT

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