Wednesday, January 19, 2011
ORNL in the News

'Green asphalt' layers cool surface

(Green Tech) , Cool roofs can make a significant difference on energy use and act as a way to reflect heat back into space, according to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Lawrence Berkeley now is working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the California Energy Commission on the Cool Colors Project to research and develop cool-colored roofing materials....1/18

ORAU Now Accepting Applications for Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program

(WVLT-TV) Applications are now being accepted for the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a research internship administered for Volkswagen Group of America by Oak Ridge Associated Universities on behalf of Oak Ridge National Laboratory....1/18

The Spin Doctor

(PhysOrg) The field of an electron spin that is not canceled in an unfilled shell makes some elements magnetic -- iron, nickel, chromium, vanadium, and the rare earths. In the ARCS experiment at SNS, the novel material being probed with neutrons is a crystalline powder of a strontium-chromium-oxygen compound, an antiferromagnetic material made at the Institute for Quantum Matter....1/13

DOE

DOE, citing leadership ability, extends ORAU contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it had awarded a five-year contract extension to Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for DOE....1/19

Y-12's Howanitz: 'We were all . . . taken aback at that significant increase'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A lot of folks were shocked when the projected cost of the Uranium Processing Facility jumped from $1.4-$3.5 billion to the current cost range of $4.2 billion to $6.5 billion....1/18

National

China and U.S. Are Set to Square Off

(Wall Street Journal) China's president landed in Washington for a summit that will help to define a new relationship between the world's longtime superpower and its rising Asian rival, at a time when bonds have been frayed by suspicions and an ideological gulf....1/19

GOP Launches Bid To Repeal Health Care Law

(NPR) The key reason the House is voting on the repeal bill even though leaders know it's unlikely to even get a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate is that dozens of new Republican members got elected last November, nearly every one of them promising to fight to get rid of it....1/19

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

1/18 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Obama seeks to ease regulatory burden
** US, China tout energy collaboration
** Summit sparks US/China energy pacts
** DOE launches smart grid clearinghouse

science & technology

A nanoscale rope, and another step toward complex nanomaterials that assemble themselves

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have coaxed polymers to braid themselves into wispy nanoscale ropes that approach the structural complexity of biological materials....1/18

Sit. Stay. Parse. Good Girl!

(New York Times) Chaser, a border collie who lives in Spartanburg, S.C., has the largest vocabulary of any known dog. She knows 1,022 nouns, a record that displays unexpected depths of the canine mind and may help explain how children acquire language....1/17

New grapes needed to keep wine flowing

(BBC) The future of wine-making depends on developing new varieties of grape, scientists say - and maps of the grape genome can help provide them. Disease is a constant issue for growers; but new regulations are likely to curb the use of chemical treatments....1/17

New Study Finds No Sign of 'First Habitable Exoplanet'

(Wired) Things don't look good for Gliese 581g, the first planet found orbiting in the habitable zone of another star. The first official challenge to the small, hospitable world looks in the exact same data — and finds no significant sign of the planet....1/18