Friday, September 9, 2011
ORNL in the News

UT Chosen to Join National Network to Study Climate Change

(Tennessee Today) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play a key role in finding solutions to what the National Science Foundation has deemed the "most important, demanding, and urgent global problems of our time."...9/8

ORNL New Material Possible Boon for Lithium Ion Batteries

(Newswise) A team led by Hansan Liu, Gilbert Brown and Parans Paranthaman of the Department of Energy lab's Chemical Sciences Division found that titanium dioxide creates a highly desirable material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for lithium ion batteries. Compared to conventional technologies, the differences in charge time and capacity are striking....9/8

DOE

Energy Department Awards Will Promote Electric Vehicles in 24 States and Train a Workforce for Advanced Vehicle Development

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced 16 projects supporting activities in 24 states and the District of Columbia to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in communities across the nation...9/8

Securing nuke materials was DOE's top priority on 9/11

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As it became obvious that the morning events of Sept. 11, 2001, were the work of terrorists, the U.S. Department of Energy moved urgently to protect the nation's nuclear materials — some of which were aboard trucks crisscrossing American highways....9/9

National

Obama announces $447 billion plan to boost economy

(Washington Post) President Obama made an impassioned appeal on Thursday night for $447 billion in tax cuts and government spending to boost the lagging economic recovery, calling on lawmakers to put politics aside and work together....9/9

U.S. sees credible September 11 threat

(Reuters) President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a redoubling of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the face of a "credible but unconfirmed" threat ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks....9/9

Other Stories

Retired UT botanist Alan S. Heilman's lifetime of photos on digital display

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Botanical Photography of Alan S. Heilman — a collection of more than 1,100 digitized color-film photographs dating back to 1950 that were taken by the retired professor of botany at the University of Tennessee — was made available to the public through University Libraries....9/9

 

energy & science policy

Remembering and Responding to 9/11

(AIP Bulletin) Less than two months after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Rita Colwell, then the Director of the National Science Foundation, delivered a speech to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars entitled "Science: Before and After September 11." Selections from Colwell's remarks, taken from an issue of FYI in December 2001, follow....9/8

Inside Energy Extra

9/8 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** FBI serves warrants at Solyndra offices
** Wyden targets Chinese solar imports
** Solar-wafer maker gets DOE loan aid
** Upton urges more oil, gas to cut debt
** DOE awards $43M for offshore wind

science & technology

African fossils put new spin on human origins story

(BBC) The ancient remains of two human-like creatures found in South Africa could change the way we view our origins. The 1.9-million-year-old fossils were first described in 2010, and given the species name Australopithecus sediba....9/8

Powered by Seaweed: Polymer from Algae May Improve Battery Performance

(Science Daily) By looking to Mother Nature for solutions, researchers have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also eliminate the use of toxic compounds now used to manufacture the components....9/9

U.S. sweltered through the hottest summer in 75 years

(USA Today) The USA just endured its hottest summer in 75 years and the second-hottest summer on record, according to data released Thursday afternoon by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C....9/9

Swirly Moon Markings Remain Mysterious

(Wired) Peppered around lava flats and mountaintops all over the moon are strange sinuous shapes known as lunar swirls. Their winding, dusty curves are brighter than the surrounding area and, so far, their formation remains a mystery to scientists....9/9