Thursday, July 7, 2011
ORNL in the News

Lonnie LoveLove engineering

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Lonnie Love, a member of the Robotics & Energetic Systems research group in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Measurement Science & Systems Engineering Division, is among 85 engineers chosen for the National Academy of Engineering's 17th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium...

X marks spot for tidal power

(New America) A new database is giving researchers deeper insight into the potential of the energy resource contained in tidal zones around the US. The online tool, developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a $469,500 award from the Department of Energy, maps energy available in the nation’s tidal streams. Georgia’s Savannah campus used a regional ocean model to simulate tidal flows along the entire US coastline. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory validated the model’s accuracy and the data is now publicly available.

Tornado simulationSpinning Giants: Tornadoes Simulations Transform Understanding

(Scientific Computing) Each year, tornadoes tear across the United States, causing numerous deaths and physical damage to the environment and infrastructure. The National Weather Service estimates there have been about 1,475 this year alone, outpacing the last decade's yearly average of 1,274... The researchers then began using supercomputers such as Kraken, a Teragrid computer that is currently the eighth fastest computer in the world, to generate simulations.

Researchers Use Laser and Electric Fields to Segregate Liquids and Small Particles

(AtoZ Optics) Researchers are involved in creating new technologies that coalesces laser and electric fields to segregate liquids and small particles such as virus, bacteria, and DNA, enabling wide range of industrial application from food safety to drug production...Aloke Kumar, staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, stated that combination of these techniques not only allows manipulation of larger objects such as droplets, but also for small molecules like DNA present inside the droplets...7/7

DOE

DOE Announces 6 New Corporate Partners Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

(DOE Press Release) Furthering the Obama Administration's goal to cut U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six new corporate partners have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership. ..7/5

State & Regional

Haslam may seek 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Acknowledging the "very real possibility" that most Tennessee schools would fail federal "No Child Left Behind" standards when they are raised, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that his administration may seek a waiver from federal officials...7/7

East Tennessee

KUB says June storms won't make bills go higher

(WATE.com) The Knoxville Utilities Board says the late June storms that left most of its customers without power have cost at least $4 million. That number is expected to increase as the utility continues to survey damage...7/6

Steel Interstate: RAIL Solution meeting with officials to get study for train system

(Knoxville News Sentinel) RAIL Solution board member A.L. "Pete" Lotts said the study would cost about $5 million and the group would like to see the Tennessee Department of Transportation, transportation centers with the University of Tennessee or Virginia Tech or other recognized body undertake it...Lotts, a retired Oak Ridge National Laboratory director and former Knox County school board member, said the challenge now is to sell the idea so the money will be forthcoming.

 

 

National

Nathan DealAtlanta cheating scandal: Should educators face jail for 'robbing' kids?

(Christian Science Monitor) With Atlanta in the middle of an unprecedented teacher cheating scandal where at least 178 teachers and principals in more than half the city's elementary schools changed test answers in order to make themselves and the district look good, the looming question now is whether those educators could, or should, face jail time...7/6

Job Cuts Accelerated In June With Government Leading The Downsizing

(Forbes) Planned job cuts increased for a second consecutive month in June, hitting 41,432, according to a recent report on the state of layoffs and downsizing...7/6

In debt talks, Obama offers Social Security cuts

(Washington Post) President Obama is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue...7/6

Juror in Anthony Case Says Acquittals Took an Emotional Toll

(New York Times) A juror in the Casey Anthony trial broke her silence on Wednesday and said the jury was emotionally shattered by its own verdict of not guilty. The juror, Jennifer Ford, a 32-year-old nursing student, said that jurors were “sick to their stomachs,” ABC News reported...7/7

 

 

   

energy & science policy

Inside Energy Extra

7/06 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]

  • House Republicans take new shot at EPA
  • Senate deal on ethanol subsidies said near
  • DOE lab suffers 'sophisticated' cyber attack
  • Va. senators roll out offshore drilling bill

science & technology

Is Someone Manipulating The Story About Rare Earths Under The Pacific Ocean?

[Note: this is a counterpoint to the Nature News story that ran in this column yesterday, July 6] (TMR) There were a number of reports over the weekend, about a group of Japanese researchers who say that they have found significant quantities of rare-earth elements (REEs) at multiple sites on the seabed of the Pacific Ocean. In a paper published in Nature Geoscience on July 3, 2011, lead author Yasushiro Kato and his colleagues shared the extensive work that was undertaken, to obtain and to analyze 2,037 samples from 78 different sites across the Pacific Ocean...7/6

QuadrocopterSwiss Quadrocopters' Flight Controlled With Hand Gestures, Via Kinect

(Popular Science) The quadrocopters at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena already have some amazing autonomous moves. But engineers want to make them easier and more intuitive to control, so they turned to the Kinect. The Kinect sensor tracks the movements of a person in the arena, monitoring his arms and shoulders. As he raises his arm, the quadrocopter takes off; he can control it by sweeping his right arm around.

Flying ReptilesThe Rise and Rise of the Flying Reptiles: Pterosaurs Not Driven Into Extinction by Birds, Study Reveals

(Science Daily) Pterosaurs, flying reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs, were not driven to extinction by the birds, but in fact they continued to diversify and innovate for millions of years afterwards...7/6

Other Stories

EarthEarth Has "Spare Tire"—And Ice Melt's Keeping It That Way

(National Geographic) Earth isn't losing its "spare tire" as fast as it should be, according to new research—and it's definitely not because the planet's not getting enough water. In fact, melting ice from Antarctica and Greenland (map) is giving the oceans huge infusions of water, which then gets pulled toward the Equator—counteracting a millennia-old slimming trend around the planet's middle, experts say. ...7/6