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GAO: DOE Faces Challenges in Modernization of Nuclear Security Infrastructure

The Energy Department continues to face cost and schedule management issues in the agency’s projects to modernize the U.S. nuclear security enterprise, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO said Tuesday DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration has made some improvements to how it manages an ongoing life-extension program for B61-12 nuclear gravity bombs but the initiative has …

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Michael Witherell Named Berkeley Lab Director

Michael Witherell, vice chancellor for research at the University of California Santa Barbara, has been approved by the UC Board of Regents to serve as director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Witherell will succeed the departing Paul Alivisatos as LBNL chief and will assume his new role on March 1, …

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Energy Dept Awards $11M to 7 Power Grid Efficiency Research Projects

The Energy Department has chosen seven project teams to receive a combined $11 million in federal funds to build simulation models and data hubs that can help DOE manage efficiency of the U.S. power grid system. DOE said Friday the projects aim to address limitations of current algorithms for power transmission and distribution through the Advanced Research …

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DOE National Lab Seeks to Address CBP Radiation Detectors’ Nuisance Alarms; Sonya Bowyer Comments

The Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a new method to help the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency reduce the number of nuisance alarms that radiation portal monitors produce at various U.S. ports of entry. PNNL said Jan. 4 the Revised Operational Settings approach …

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Oak Ridge National Lab Demos Radioisotope Fuel Production for NASA’s Deep Space Missions

Scientists at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated the production of a radioisotope fuel that will work to power spacecraft intended for future deep space missions. ORNL researchers produced 50 grams of plutonium-238 through a project funded by NASA, DOE said Tuesday. DOE will use the plutonium-238 on radioisotope …

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