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We’ve made tracking a science topic in key DOE/OSTI resources easy with the Science Accelerator Alerts service.  It's as simple as first registering for Science Accelerator Alerts and then proceeding along one of the following channels:

1) conduct a search on your chosen topic/author and then select the 'Create an Alert' button on the search results page;

2) go directly to the Alerts Login page and register.

Either of these methods will take you to a page containing an 'Alert Profile' form. Complete the profile, select the frequency of your Alerts and save. You will then receive Alerts via email and also create a personal account.

The Science Accelerator was developed as a tool to advance discovery and to deliver science information. It empowers you to search, via a single query, important information resources of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) scientific and technical information. These resources contain the results of DOE research and development (R&D) projects and programs, major R&D accomplishments, and recent research of interest to DOE. They enable you to explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, and more.

So to broaden your knowledge base and accelerate your science, register for Science Accelerator Alerts today.

Related Topics: alerts, e-prints, Nobel Prize, research results, resources, science, Science Accelerator, scientific

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ETDEWEB World Energy Base

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ETDEWEB World Energy Base

Just in time for the summer heat, a refreshing new design of ETDEWEB World Energy Base!  New results screen and display options make your search experience cool.  (Registration may be required). See more records on your search results screen and don’t forget to use the new ‘…Show More’ to expand content.  Interested in full text?  Users may now limit their searches to show only records with full text available.

Not sure exactly what you want to search for?  Check out the latest ETDEWEB World Energy Base enhancement: Popular Topics.  Using Popular Topics will give you search results from topics you may have not thought to explore yet. Or if a Popular Topic is already your area of interest, simply click the search to get the latest information available.

ETDEWEB World Energy Base is constantly working to expand the content you know and love.  Come explore and search for information on energy R&D; energy policy and planning; basic sciences and materials research; the environmental impact of energy production and use, including climate change; energy conservation; nuclear; coal and fossil fuels; renewable energy technologies and much, much more. ETDE is always open to receiving your thoughts and suggestions.

Related Topics: climate change, coal, conservation, energy, ETDEWEB, fossil, fuels, nuclear, r&d

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Fuel cell vehicle…working toward an enviro-friendly car of the future

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Fuel cell vehicle…working toward an enviro-friendly car of the future

Hydrogen fuel cells are being widely tested as a potential for meeting future transportation needs.

In the technical report, Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, available from the Information Bridge, the U.S. Department of Energy, Mercedes-Benz & Research Development, North America (MBRDNA), Chrysler, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), BP, DTE Energy and Next Energy endeavor to substantiate fuel cell technologies for infrastructure and transportation as well as evaluate technology and commercial market suitability. Tests were performed through the operation and fueling of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in practical situations, including variations in climate, topography, and driving conditions.

The Team deployed 30 GEN I and 20 GEN II fuel cell vehicles to over 37 customers located in various regions in the United States, which provided real-world lessons for the future of the overall program. This report and many others are available on this topic…find them at the DOE Information Bridge.

 

Related Topics: energy, fuel cells, Information Bridge (IB)

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Fine tuning fuel cells

Researchers are finding ways to fine tune fuel cells to make them affordable, reliable, efficient and commercially competitive. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) researchers have discovered ways to improve the fuel cell terminal surface area of solid oxide fuel cells and found novel methods to synthesize large batches of nanotubes to increase fuel cells’ output.

A NETL supported 2011 Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop reports significant research advances made in fuel cells such as the availability of advanced membranes and ionomers and progress in producing alkaline membrane cells that don’t require precious metals. Perhaps most encouraging is the report of the significant acceleration of interest and the amount of research in fuel cell technology. Fine tuning fuel cell technology is an exciting and growing field of scientific study. Read more from the DOE Office of Science.

Related Topics: alkaline membrane cells, fuel cells, nanotubes, OSTI collections, oxide

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Perfecting the fuel improves the cell…

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Perfecting the fuel improves the cell…

A large portion of DOE fuel cell research is about improving the fuel.  Many fuels contain contaminants that can damage the cell and impede the processes involved.  Developing methods for removing impurities from fuels may help improve their efficiency and environmental impact, thereby increasing their marketability.

In Fuel Quality Issues in Stationary Fuel Cell Systems, from the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory,   researchers point out contaminants of particular concern because of their effects on the functionality and resilience of fuel cell systems, and suggest strategies for clean-up.

DOE fuel cell research is not limited to the exploration of fuel enhancement.  You can find reports, patents, presentations, and other research documents related to multiple aspects of fuel cell research, including fuel cell refinement, environmental effects of fuel cells, and fuel-cell market needs, in OSTI collections: fuel cells.

Related Topics: OSTI collections

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Cool Connections

The coolest people are found on OSTI’s .EDUconnections Spotlights. Penn State’s Dr. Prabhu and Dr. Paulsonresearch different fields but discovered a possible cure for leukemia over a pizza faculty lunch. Howard University’s Binanca Baileyis a White House “Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM”. Student automotive technicianslearn how to work on hybrid vehicles at Colorado’s Arapahoe Community College. ASU’s Jane Maienschein, AZ’s top Professor of the Year, changes lives by empowering students for the future. Students at Mesalands Community College are easing the shortage of trained wind energy technicians. NYU-Poly’s Professor Maurizio Porfiridevelops underwater robots that may steer fish populations away from hazards. EDUconnections spotlights the most amazing science programs at institutions all across the country. So much is happening. Go there www.osti.gov/educonnections.

Kathy Chambers 

DOE/OSTI Contractor

Related Topics: .EDUconnections, research, science programs, spotlight

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Celebrating DOE Accomplishments the Blogging Way

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Celebrating DOE Accomplishments the Blogging Way

You can get a quick read on exciting historical research accomplishments of DOE and its predecessors via the DOE R&D AccomplishmentsBlog. The Blog provides comments about and calls attention to the multiple diverse aspects of the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science. After viewing the short entries on the blog, you can then select the link to the DOE R&D Accomplishments website for more information.

The Blog showcases the website’s unique and specialized collection; celebrates anniversaries of historical research and resulting impacts; and highlights Nobel Laureates and their scientific influences and contributions.

The Blog originally grew out of 2009 Year of Science announcements and now contains historically significant documents, DOE/Predecessor connections to elements on the Periodic Table, important inventions, significant 'firsts' and discoveries, and much more.

The wide variety of interesting tidbits on the Blog can be food for thought and can provide insights into DOE/Predecessor history that are interesting yet may not be well known.

Mary Schorn

Related Topics: accomplishments, blog, DOE Research & Development (R&D) Accomplishments, research results

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WorldWideScience.org Goes Mobile

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WorldWideScience.org Goes Mobile

WorldWideScience.org recently released a new mobile version (http://m.worldwidescience.org).  Scientists and researchers throughout DOE and the entire U.S. now have access to over 80 scientific and technical databases from preeminent libraries and information centers around the world, all via their “smart phones” or tablets. 

Operating in the same fashion as the computer-based version of WorldWideScience.org, the user simply enters a single query into the search box on the phone.  Using federated search technology, the query is distributed to each of the approximately 80 databases and the search results are combined and re-ranked according to relevance. 

Search results are streamlined for easier viewing on mobile devices, but the user can still connect to the full citation at the originating source database.  If full text is provided, users can view it on the phone/tablet, or they may choose to download it into e-reader software.  Users also have the option of emailing the full set of search results to themselves, or others, for later viewing. 

As “smart phone” and tablet usage continues to grow at a rapid pace, Mobile WorldWideScience.org makes finding important scientific and technical information as convenient and easy as possible! 

Related Topics: mobile, WorldWideScience.org (WWS)

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Catch up on research info while you wait

by Tim Byrne 13 Jun, 2011 in Products and Content

Standing in line at the DMV, sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, commuting to work on the bus or train, waiting for a meeting to start, whenever and wherever you get the urge to do a little energy-related research, you can do so now with your mobile phone via OSTI Mobile at m.osti.gov.

OSTI Mobile allows you to search technical reports, journal articles, conference papers, data files, multimedia, software, project summaries, patents, and e-prints from a number of OSTI databases, including Energy Citations Database, Information Bridge, ScienceCinema, DOepatents andDOE Green Energy. Search results for a variety of resource types are available, or the results can be limited to specific formats.  You can search for videos highlighting scientific research from Department of Energy (DOE) labs and CERN found in ScienceCinema.  Innovative patents resulting from DOE-sponsored research appearing in DOEpatents can be found.  Choose your search terms to retrieve citations on renewable energy and energy efficiency from DOE Green Energy.  Close to 280,000 full-text STI reports are easily accessible, and over 2.4 million energy-related citations are conveniently available whenever and wherever.

OSTI Mobile is also helpful if you just want to learn more about OSTI.  Navigation buttons guide you to mobile versions of several OSTI sites.  OSTI News will give you...

Related Topics: DOE Green Energy, DOepatents, Energy Citations Database (ECD), Information Bridge (IB), mobile, OSTI Mobile, OSTI Youtube Channel, ScienceCinema

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ScienceCinema Goes International

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ScienceCinema Goes International

In February, I wrote to you about the launch of ScienceCinema, a multimedia search engine developed by OSTI, in partnership with Microsoft.

It continues to grow, and I am pleased to let you knowthat it is adding audio and video materials from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.  The inclusion of CERN materials is a milestone in the longstanding scientific collaboration between DOE and CERN and will increase public access to CERN scientific multimedia collections 

You can readabout the groundbreaking technology behind ScienceCinema and the new collaboration at theOSTI Press Releaseand on theDOE Blog. And be sure to try ScienceCinema and let us know what you think.

Brian Hitson, Associate Director

Administration and Information Services
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Related Topics: cern, DOE blog, ScienceCinema

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