Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ORNL in the News

Physicists explain the long, useful lifetime of carbon-14

(LabSpaces) The long, slow decay of carbon-14 allows archaeologists to accurately date the relics of history back to 60,000 years. And while the carbon dating technique is well known and understood, the reason for carbon-14's slow decay has not been understood...[for this research] it took about 30 million processor-hours on the Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...5/27

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Completes 25th Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station

(Azocleantech.com) In a function held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, both the lab officials and the industry have celebrated the installation of the 25th solar powered electric vehicle charging station. The current installations will add up to the six Electric Power Research Institute stations that were installed in Knoxville during early part of this year...5/30

Gas tanks are draining family budgets

(AP) Households spent an average of $369 on gas last month. In April 2009, they spent just $201. Families now spend more filling up than they spend on cars, clothes or recreation. Last year, they spent less on gasoline than each of those things..."Drivers try to do what they can, but they have to go almost all the places they go," says David Greene, a researcher at the Center of Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and manager of the Department of Energy website fueleconomy.gov...5/28

DOE

'Ultra-secure' wireless at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the "Select Initiatives" in the National Nuclear Security Administration's recently released Strategic Plan was to complete by year's end "secure 802.11 interior wireless" infrastructure projects at four key NNSA sites -- Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Pantex and Y-12...5/29

State & Regional

Caves on state land to stay closed in Tennessee

(AP) State officials say caves on state land will remain closed to try to slow the spread of White Nose Syndrome among Tennessee's bat population...5/31

National

Cyber Combat: Act of War

(Wall Street Journal) The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force...5/31

Lockheed's cyber cops sift through hacker evidence

(Reuters) Last week's attack on Lockheed Martin Corp's computer networks has galvanized dozens of cyber "detectives" at the company's cavernous security intelligence center outside Washington...5/29

energy & science policy

Good Hearing for Energy Secretary Chu before Senate Appropriators

(AIP) Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had a good hearing last week before the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee...5/27

Inside Energy Extra

5/27 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- After protest, DOE awards Idaho contract
- Summer power supplies to be ample: NERC
- BLM approves link to Nevada solar project
- Bill aims to limit EPA role in water permits

science & technology

Groundwater Depletion Is Detected From Space

(NY Times) Scientists have been using small variations in the Earth’s gravity to identify trouble spots around the globe where people are making unsustainable demands on groundwater, one of the planet’s main sources of fresh water...5/30

The Largest Telescope Ever Built Will Rely On Citizens to Analyze Its Reams of Data

(Popular Science) Australia wants to host the world’s biggest and most sensitive radio telescope, and as part of its bid to land the $2.1 billion Square Kilometer Array (SKA) the joint Aussie-New Zealand effort is going to launch a massive cloud computing initiative in September to prove it can handle the data flow...5/27

Making Complex Composite Materials to Order

(Science Daily) A team of researchers at MIT has found a way to make complex composite materials whose attributes can be fine-tuned to give various desirable combinations of properties such as stiffness, strength, resistance to impacts and energy dissipation...5/26

Other Stories

Japan disaster sways Germany to abandon nuclear power

(AP) Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse, announced plans Monday to abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources...5/30

Inspectors Pierce Iran’s Cloak of Nuclear Secrecy

(NY Times) The International Atomic Energy Agency last week presented a report to its board that laid out new information on what it calls “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program, clarifying the central issue in the long clash between Tehran and the West over nuclear technology...5/30