Thursday, April 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

ClimateMaster Trilogy 40 Breaks 40 EER Barrier

(ContractingBusiness.com) ClimateMaster announced an efficiency breakthrough with introduction of the Trilogy 40 series, the first geothermal heat pumps ever certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute to exceed 40 EER at ground-loop conditions....The Trilogy 40 Q-Mode series is the outcome of a five year collaboration between ClimateMaster and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/26

Plastic Fantastic to Carbon Fiber

(KineticShift.com) Carbon fiber is a wondrous material, but it has some shortcomings including the fact that it isn’t that easy to recycle. However, last week came word that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory was working on a way to transform used plastic bags into carbon fiber, and this composite could even be fine-tuned, allowing different types of carbon fiber to be created for specific applications...4/4

Neutron scattering unlocks milk protein

(R&D Magazine) Martha, a cow placidly grazing in a field in The Netherlands, became an important collaborator with researchers who successfully analyzed and characterized the internal protein structure and the composite particles of her milk using small-angle neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor...4/4

Smash 'em, bust 'em, that's the custom

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A sort of nuclear version of demolition derby takes place daily on the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation. Hardly a week goes by without another building biting the dust, creating mountains of contaminated rubble that must be hauled away to a special landfill for wastes generated by the Superfund cleanup projects in Oak Ridge...The latest example of the changing labscape was the removal of Building 3503 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Building 3503 was barnlike and not so pretty, at least not in its final days...4/4

DOE

An Oak Ridge surprise: 19 monoliths from the nuclear netherworld

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS-CH2M Oak Ridge, the government's Oak Ridge cleanup manager, has encountered a number of surprises since taking over the big contract last August. Nothing, however, seems to compare with what contractor officials found when they started looking around the North Tower of the historic K-25 uranium-enrichment plant...4/4

Ames Lab Plays Elemental Role in New PBS Special

(Energy.gov) “I’m hoping people who don’t know a lot about the Energy Department’s national laboratories will watch Hunting the Elements, and learn about the important research going on at the labs, and in particular, the rare-earth research at Ames Laboratory,” said Larry Jones, the director of the Lab’s Materials Preparation Center. He added, “Hopefully they’ll learn a little more about why DOE research is important to them.”...4/4

Correction: AP Retracts Solar Trust Bankruptcy-Blythe Story

(AP) In an April 3 story about the impact of Solar Trust of America seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Associated Press erroneously reported Solar Trust had received a $2.1 billion federal loan guarantee. The company withdrew from the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program in August 2011 and the company didn't get any taxpayer funds...4/4

National

With Gas Prices High, U.S. Refinery Closures Hit Workers and Drivers

(National Geographic News) ...The closures and potential closure mark a profound change taking place in the oil business, where tremendous divides have opened up between the prices of different grades of crude oil extracted from different locations on the globe...4/4

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge firm wins NASA contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) LeGacy Resource Corp., headquartered in Oak Ridge, and its partner, Wichita Tribal Enterprises LLC, have won a NASA contract worth up to $42 million, officials said...4/4

Uranium processing for bombs planned in TN brings objections

(The Tennessean) ...Federal officials have said they want to consolidate operations at the complex in Oak Ridge and build a replacement building for this particular bomb-related process. They say a new building would be safer and more environmentally sound...4/4

State & Regional

Tennessee has nation's lowest tax burden

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Workers of Tennessee, take the day off. You've earned it. While most of the country will work another two weeks or more to reach Tax Freedom Day, Tennessee workers passed that milestone on March 31, according to the Tax Foundation...4/4

energy & science policy

Programs Aim To Turn Science Undergrads Into K-12 Teachers

(Scientific American) At a higher education and science policy roundtable in New York City, University of Colorado at Boulder chancellor Philip DiStefano talked about his institution's efforts to attract science majors to teaching K-12...4/4

science & technology

How carbon dioxide melted the world

(Nature) Global data set shows that rising greenhouse-gas levels drove the end of the last ice age...4/4

Bat-Killing Fungus Continues Deadly Spread; Death Toll Now at 7 Million

(Scientific American) Things keep getting worse for North American bats. Nearly seven million from various species have now fallen victim to the deadly but little-understood disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) since it was first observed in February 2006...4/3

Pollution Playing A Major Role In Sea Temperatures

(NPR) The Atlantic Ocean, especially the North Atlantic, is peculiar: Every few decades, the average temperature of surface water there changes dramatically. Scientists want to know why that is, especially because these temperature shifts affect the weather. New research suggests that human activity is part of the cause...4/4

From Transistors to Telstar, Idea Factory Traces Bell Labs’ Legacy

(Wired News) At the height of Bell Labs’ influence, from the 1920s to the 1980s, the corporate research powerhouse seemed unstoppable. The transistor, UNIX, the C programming language, the modern photovoltaic cell, the CCD chip, the field of information theory and the first global communications satellites all bear Bell Labs DNA, for starters...4/4

Earth Has Just One Moon, Right? Think Again

(NPR) Everybody knows that there's just one moon orbiting the Earth. But a new study by an international team of astronomers concludes that everybody is dead wrong about that...4/3

Other Stories

Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining but Were Afraid to Ask

(The Atlantic) Big data is everywhere we look these days. Businesses are falling all over themselves to hire 'data scientists,' privacy advocates are concerned about personal data and control, and technologists and entrepreneurs scramble to find new ways to collect, control and monetize data...4/3

Timbuktu: from city of myth to rebel stronghold

(Reuters) With the rebels, including Islamist factions, now in control of Timbuktu's dusty streets, tourists may not be returning soon to the fabled and ancient Saharan trading town that for centuries was a symbol of unreachable remoteness...4/4