(Science Magazine) Better batteries paved the way for half-decent electric cars. Making improved versions viable for the mass market will depend on a suite of advanced battery technologies now in labs around the globe...But at the Richland meeting, a couple of groups reported steady progress. For example, Chengdu Liang, a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, announced that he and his colleagues have come up with a bromine-based electrolyte additive to fight Li2S buildup...6/24
(EnvironmentalResearchWeb) According to simulations run by Noah Diffenbaugh of Stanford University and his colleagues at Utah State University, Southern Oregon University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, if adaptation strategies are not adopted, the area suitable for premium winegrape production in California could be reduced over the next 30 years, by as much as 50% in some counties...6/30
(Phys.Org) A Northeastern University undergraduate is leading the development of a new process that will make it possible for certain supercomputers to save their data midway through a computation...
"Computers are like a car engine — the more complicated they are, the more likely they are to break," said Greg Kerr, a sophomore computer science major. This summer, [Gene] Cooperman and several of his doctoral students are working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where some of the nation’s most advanced supercomputers are located, and Kerr believes his work will soon be ready to be applied to those computations...6/29
(DOE Press Release) o complement the Obama Administration's launch last week of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced a series of new manufacturing job training partnerships using the Department of Energy's National Training and Education Resource (NTER)...6/29
(Fox News) Los Alamos nuclear laboratory officials say it could be a few days before they'll know the extent of how experiments at the facility that created the first atomic bomb have been affected by a shutdown caused by a 125-square mile wildfire...6/30
State & Regional
(WBIR) Officials with the Tennessee Center for Policy Research released their 2011 Tennessee Pork Report on Tuesday.
According to a release, the watchdog groups found state and local governments in the state of Tennessee wasted $371 million over the past year...6/29
(New York Times) The Obama administration prevailed Wednesday in the first appellate review of the 2010 health care law as a three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that it was constitutional for Congress to require that Americans buy health insurance...6/29
(USA Today) The housing market is hurting nationally, but it appears to be marching toward recovery in a handful of mostly rural states, economic forecasters say...6/29
(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission three weeks ago approved EnergySolutions' application to import up to 1,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Germany, and today the NRC issued the necessary import/export licenses that will allow the company to ship the waste to Oak Ridge to incinerate at its waste-processing facility on Bear Creek Road.