Apollo 5‐Point Plan for Boosting U.S. Clean Energy Job Growth

We enter the new year with daunting challenges ahead of us. While critical investments made by Congress and the administration have averted a full‐blown depression, the U.S. economy remains plagued by high levels of unemployment. And, while global and domestic investment in clean energy has expanded, an even greater range of public and private investments in clean energy technologies, energy efficiency and clean transportation options are needed to stabilize the climate and rebuild the economy. Read More

Sustainable Agriculture: An Introduction

Sustainable agriculture is one that produces abundant food without depleting the earth’s resources or polluting its environment. It is agriculture that follows the principles of nature to develop systems for raising crops and livestock that are, like nature, self-sustaining. Sustainable agriculture is also the agriculture of social values, one whose success is indistinguishable from vibrant rural communities, rich lives for families on the farms, and wholesome food for everyone. But in the first decade of the 21st Century, sustainable agriculture, as a set of commonly accepted practices or a model farm economy, is still in its infancy—more than an idea, but only just. Read More

Successful Test of Fast-DR, Northern California Takes another Step towards Smart Grid

Software and hardware technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) helped Northern California power utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company and several of its commercial and industrial customers demonstrate that they can reduce power usage automatically and quickly—in less than 10 minutes—in support of grid reliability. This approach is sometimes called Fast-DR (fast demand response). Read More

Agarose Gel Electrophoresis with Dyes: Student Guide

Student guide. Agarose gel electrophoresis can resolve molecules based on charge, size, and shape. In this laboratory you will use gel electrophoresis to separate molecules present in different dyes, and you will see some of the applications of electrophoresis. Read More

State Government: 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Territories

State or territory governments of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Outlying Areas Read More

Mechatronics Primer: Reinventing Machine Design

Today’s mechatronic methodology is a reflection of — and an adaptation to — changes that have transformed modern machines, enabling the quintessential synergy required to compete. Read More

Seismic Design Criteria for Structures, Systems, and Components in Nuclear Facilities

Library Holdings. ASCE/SEI 43-05 provides stringent design criteria for nuclear facilities. Due to the potential risk associated with nuclear hazards, it is desirable that nuclear facilities have a lower probability that structural damage will be caused by earthquake than do conventional facilities. The goal of this Standard is to ensure that nuclear facilities can withstand the effects of earthquake ground shaking with desired performance. This Standard will be of use to any designers or analysts involved in the design of new nuclear structures, systems, or components. Read More

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testing LCCN links Read More

Evaluation and HR

Organizations can learn a lot from and about their staff using evaluation data collection strategies such as surveys, interviews and record reviews. As shown below, information about staff and their actions, perceptions and feedback can be used to inform organizational practices. Remember, organizations that regularly use evaluative thinking ask questions of substance (including questions about their staff), determine what data are needed to address the questions and how those data could be obtained, systematically collect and analyze data (including staff feedback), share the results and develop strategies to act on findings. Read More

Rack & Stack: PV Mounting Array Options

Rails, racks, or poles? Match the best mounting system with your PV modules to optimize your solar-electric system’s performance. Become an online member to view article. Read More


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