Wednesday, September 7, 2011
ORNL in the News

Neutron analysis reveals unique atom-scale behavior of cobalt blue

(Nanowerk) Experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor indicate novel behaviors in the antiferromagnetic material cobalt aluminum oxide, -- CoAl2O4, or cobalt aluminate -- which researcher Gregory MacDougall of ORNL's Neutron Scattering Sciences Division describes as a "highly frustrated magnetic system."...9/6

The original ORNL contract

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For nuclear history junkies and World War II buffs, this is pretty fascinating stuff. It's the government's Oct. 12, 1943 contract with the University of Chicago for operational responsibility of Clinton Laboratories (to later become Oak Ridge National Laboratory) with Du Pont as technical advisor and subcontractor....9/6

Staying safe in cyberspace

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason recently spoke on "Staying Safe on the Cyber Frontier," at the 14th annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series....9/5

DOE

Departments of Energy and Interior Award Nearly $17 Million for Advanced Hydropower Technologies

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Department Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have announced nearly $17 million in funding over the next three years for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology....9/6

East Tennessee

Creating jobs a challenge beyond politics

(WVLT-TV) Thousands of East Tennesseans are looking for work and asking: "How can we create jobs?" Economists say there are several theories - from stimulus packages to tax cuts - about what is needed to produce jobs....9/6

National

Obama to propose $300 billion jobs package: reports

(Reuters) President Obama, facing waning confidence in his economic stewardship, plans $300 billion in tax cuts and government spending in order to create jobs, media outlets report....9/7

State & Regional

TVA revamps Generation Partners program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA is again retooling its Generation Partners renewable energy program to shift the focus from larger projects that generate 200 kilowatts per year to smaller ones that produce a maximum of 50 kilowatts per year to promote more sustainable growth for the program....9/6

energy & science policy

For Now, Shoes Still Come Off At Airport Security

(NPR) Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano predicted Tuesday that airline passengers in the future will no longer be instructed to remove their shoes at airport security....9/7

The Blast-Proof City

(Foreign Policy) Federal buildings and monuments across the United States are now bomb-proof fortresses. But what's being lost in our relentless pursuit of total safety?...9/2

Inside Energy Extra

9/6 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** DOE would get $25.5B under Senate bill
** Senate bill offers $200M for DOE loan aid
** DOE mulls handing over grid duties
** Online bidding for oil, gas sales sought

science & technology

Sound, the Way the Brain Prefers to Hear It

(New York Times) In designing the next great audio system, researchers are invoking the science of psychoacoustics....9/6

Dark matter hinted at again at Cresst experiment

(BBC) Researchers at the Cresst experiment in Italy say they have spotted 67 events in their detectors that may be caused by dark matter particles called Wimps....9/7

Nanocables light way to the future: Researchers power line-voltage light bulb with nanotube wire

Cables made of carbon nanotubes are inching toward electrical conductivities seen in metal wires, and that may light up interest among a range of industries, according to Rice University researchers....9/7

Other Stories

After Nuclear Mishap, Japan Debates Energy Future

(NPR) Japan faces a dilemma: The country lacks natural resources and relies heavily on nuclear power. But in the wake of a nuclear accident in March, 70 percent of Japanese now say they want to phase out atomic energy....9/6