Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ORNL in the News

UT creates institute to focus on nuclear security

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Need to scroll] The University of Tennessee has launched the UT Institute for Nuclear Security in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and Oak Ridge Associated Universities...4/2

Researchers at Oak Ridge Laboratory Find Out an Innovative Way of Converting PE into Carbon Fiber

(SpecialChem) Common material such as polyethylene used in plastic bags could be turned into something far more valuable through a process being developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a paper published in Advanced Materials, a team led by Amit Naskar of the Materials Science and Technology Division outlined a method that allows not only for production of carbon fiber but also the ability to tailor the final product to specific applications...4/3

DOE

NNSA says shipment of highly potent uranium to France should be the last one

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has shipped more than 400 pounds of highly enriched uranium to France, where it will be used for fuel in a high-performance research reactor near Grenoble...4/1

Four DOE appointments confirmed

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Four high-level appointments at the Department of Energy have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. They are David Danielson, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy; Dot Harris, director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact; Charles McConnell, assistant secretary for fossil energy; and Gregory H. Woods, general counsell...3/31

National

Mexico and US trade accusations on border violence

(CS Monitor) The explosion of drug-fueled violence along Mexico's border with the United States could harm relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama said Monday; Mexico's leader retorted that much of the problem of drugs and guns begins on the U.S. side of the line...4/2

State & Regional

Solar officials don't want TVA to put the brake on incentives

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sitting in a side yard off Middlebrook Pike, soaking in the sun on a bright March day, the solar system at the offices of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a testament to the economic potential of the solar industry to Tennessee, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the organization...4/1

energy & science policy

Senate Committee Discusses Investments in Research and Development

(AIP) The March 6 hearing “Keeping America Competitive Through Investments in R&D” of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Science and Space provided an opportunity for budget and program discussions between senators and witnesses...4/2

science & technology

Embattled neutrino project leaders step down

(Nature) The team that last year reported measurements showing neutrinos travelling faster than light has confirmed that two sources of error flagged in February explain the findings...4/2

While Rare-Earth Trade Dispute Heats Up, Scientists Seek Alternatives

(National Geographic News) In the 21st century, natural resource battles will be fought not only over oil and water, but over elements with tongue-twisting names like dysprosium, yttrium, and neodymium...3/30

Giving Women the Access Code

(NY Times) When Maria Klawe became president of Harvey Mudd College in 2006, she was dismayed — but not surprised — at how few women were majoring in computer science...4/2

U.S. Military Forges Ahead with Plans to Combat Climate Change

(Scientific American) Climate policy may be a minefield for politicians but the Pentagon sees liabilities from global warming and is both reducing the armed forces greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate impacts...4/2

Other Stories

3.8 Million Records From the 1940 Census Go Live Online

(The Atlantic) This morning the National Archives unveiled an ambitious three-year project to provide complete online access to the 1940 census -- the census edition that details America during the Great Depression. This is the first census to be made fully and freely available over the web...4/2