Tuesday, April 17, 2012
ORNL in the News

UT entrepreneur develops winning energy video game

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Charles Chin won $1,000 in start-up money for a company to produce a video game designed to get children interested in energy sciences and technology...The doctoral student at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE), a joint project of UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said the idea for his game came from his academic leaders...4/15

Roof of the Future? Oak Ridge, Metals Group Seek the Ideal Design

(Durability and Design) The Metal Construction Association and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are embarking on the final phase of a multi-year research program to design what might be called the roof of the future...The association and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Lab said the final phase of the “Dynamic Building Envelope Research” project will evaluate the “synergies between various metal roof assemblies,” including cool-roof coatings, for their performance in improving energy efficiency...4/16

Progress on hot cells cleanup at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge office today announced that its contractor, Safety and Ecology Corp., had demolished and removed four structures at the hot cells cleanup project in the middle of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's historic central campus...4/16

Oil Spill Clean-Up May be Made Easier by Carbon-Nanotube Tech

(Gant Daily) For the first time, researchers at Penn State University and Rice University have created solid, spongy blocks of carbon nanotubes that have an astounding ability to clean up oil spills in water...Other researchers who contributed to this study include David Cullen and Bobby Sumpter from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...4/16

Researchers Explain Behavior of BSFO Films Using Electron Microscopy

(Azonano.com) A team of researchers, led by Albina Borisevich from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the Department of Energy, has proposed a new theory to elucidate the unusual properties of a material that find possible use in actuators and capacitors...4/17

DOE

Y-12 uranium archive to be used for nuclear forensics

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Y-12 is all about uranium, always has been....The plant is the newly designated home of the National Uranium Materials Archives, a collection of uranium samples of various origins that could be used — in the event of nuclear terrorism, smuggling intervention or other situations — to help determine where, and perhaps how, bomb-making materials were obtained...4/17

State & Regional

Aiming for the ‘Top’ in schools

(Oak Ridger) The “Race to the Top” is under way for an improved public education system in Tennessee and other states across the nation...4/12

National

After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces?

(NPR) This week, NATO Cabinet ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, will try to tackle the problem of Afghan security. The basic plan for bringing American troops home from Afghanistan is to let Afghan security forces fight for their own country. But there's a hitch — finding a way to pay for the Afghan army...4/17

East Tennessee

UT Receives Green Power Purchase Award from TVA

(Tennessee Today) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, received the Presidential Award for making the largest purchase of green power from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 2011...4/13

energy & science policy

American Astronomical Society President Testifies Before House Appropriators

(AIP) ...Among the topics discussed in testimony are the James Webb Space Telescope, proposed budgetary reductions for NASA’s Planetary Science Division, funding for other NASA missions, Plutonium-238 production, and funding for the National Science Foundation’s Astronomical Sciences, and Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction programs...4/13

science & technology

Ocean-Borne Microbes May Help Speed Warming

(Scientific American) On their own, cyanobacteria are tiny photosynthetic organisms floating in the sea. But when they join forces, linking together into chains and then mats by the millions, they can become a threat...4/15

A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform

(NY Times) In the fall of 2010, Dr. Ferric C. Fang made an unsettling discovery. Dr. Fang, who is editor in chief of the journal Infection and Immunity, found that one of his authors had doctored several papers...4/16

Legendary Earth-Observing Satellite Goes Silent

(Discovery News) The European Space Agency is struggling to restore contact with its massive satellite Envisat, the largest civilian Earth-observation satellite ever to fly in space...4/16

The Coming Age of Decentralized Energy

(The Atlantic) ...science editor Maggie Koerth-Baker looks at what electricity might mean to us after more of us start producing it at home...4/16

What Happened to the Iceberg That Sank the Titanic?

(Wired Science) Exactly one hundred years ago Sunday, an ocean liner struck a block of ice and sank in the North Atlantic. The story of the ocean liner has been told hundreds of times. This story is about the block of ice...4/16

Other Stories

Google Founder Sergey Brin is Worried for The Future of the Internet

(Forbes) ...Brin points to three major factors that could start restricting the internet – state actors like China, Hollywood and it’s anti-piracy efforts, and companies like Facebook and Apple that put themselves in between users and the information on the internet...4/16