Wednesday, August 3, 2011
ORNL in the News

Future's knocking at door of OR operations

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Both the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source started up this week following outages for maintenance and repairs. Collectively, the two facilities make Oak Ridge the world's No. 1 place to do neutron-based research and a leading center for materials studies....8/3

Revealing water's secrets

(MIT) Supporting a controversial theory about how water behaves in confined spaces, Yang Zhang, now the Clifford G. Shull Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was able to probe the density of supercooled water molecules using a neutron beam from a reactor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology....8/1

DOE

Department of Energy to Invest $50 Million to Advance Domestic Solar Manufacturing Market, Achieve SunShot Goal

(DOE Press Release) SUNPATH, which stands for Scaling Up Nascent PV At Home, represents the second solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative supporting the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative....8/2

East Tennessee

Ballfields, new TVA park planned at former ash spill disaster zone

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA on Tuesday unveiled sweeping plans to convert a disaster zone still in cleanup mode into public areas featuring a new park, recreational area and walking trails near wetlands fed by natural springs....8/3

National

Security Firm Identifies Global Cyber Spying

(New York Times) A massive cyber attack that lasted up to five years infiltrated computers and stole United Nations data....8/3

President Obama signs debt-limit bill into law

(Washington Post) A bipartisan panel, to be named this month, is likely to confront the same ideological divide that caused an almost crippling impasse in the debt-limit debate....8/3

State & Regional

Debt deal leaves many Tennesseans unhappy

(WBIR-TV) The debt deal signed into law Tuesday may have averted default, but it left a lot of Tennesseans unhappy....8/2

energy & science policy

Commerce Department Touts Promise of STEM Careers

(AIP Bulletin) The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) issued a report last month that found significant benefits to pursuing jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines....8/2

Inside Energy Extra

8/2 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Senate deal on ethanol subsidies dead
** Senators differ on Fukushima review
** Protests over Keystone XL pipeline set
** DOT official picked as DOE's top lawyer
** DOE offers $50M for solar-PV makers

science & technology

Particle Accelerators Full of Spin and Fury, Signifying Something

(New York Times) Trying to keep up with particle physics after a year of rumors and hints of what could be big discoveries is difficult unless you have a scorecard....8/2

'Multiverse' theory suggested by microwave background

(BBC) The idea that other universes - as well as our own - lie within "bubbles" of space and time has received a boost. Studies of the low-temperature glow left from the Big Bang suggest that several of these "bubble universes" may have left marks on our own....8/3

China's Supercomputing Goal: From 'Zero To Hero'

(NPR) China basked in a moment of technological glory last November when it nudged out the U.S. as home of the world's fastest supercomputer....8/2

Dream Screens from Graphene: Indium-Free Transparent, Flexible Electrodes Developed

(Science Daily) Flexible, transparent electronics are closer to reality with the creation of graphene-based electrodes at Rice University....8/2