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Article ID: 705358

Cloud or no cloud, that is the question

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Feature RICHLAND, Wash. — Kids lying on their backs in a grassy field might scan the clouds for images—perhaps a fluffy bunny here and a fiery dragon over there. Often, atmospheric scientists do the opposite—they search data images for the clouds as part of their research to understand Earth systems.Manually labeling data images pixel by pixel is time-consuming, so researchers rely on automatic processing techniques, such as cloud detection algorithms.

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12-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705092

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — A new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials.

Released:
6-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 704431

VitalTag to give vital information in mass casualty incidents

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — When mass casualty incidents occur — shootings, earthquakes, multiple car pile ups — first responders can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer number of victims. When every second counts, monitoring all the victims in a chaotic situation can be difficult. Researchers at the U.S.

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26-Nov-2018 6:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 701473

PNNL and LanzaTech team to make new jet fuel

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Carbon-rich pollution converted to a jet fuel will power a commercial flight for the first time today. The Virgin Atlantic Airlines’ flight from Orlando to London using a Boeing 747 will usher in a new era for low-carbon aviation that has been years in the making. Through a combination of chemistry, biotechnology, engineering and catalysis, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its industrial partner LanzaTech have shown the world that carbon can be recycled and used for commercial flight.

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2-Oct-2018 3:05 PM EDT
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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

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