Friday, October 14, 2011
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Andy Christianson wins young scientist award

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Andy Christianson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has won the 2012 Young Scientist Prize (Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter Physics) from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. Christianson is a researcher in ORNL's Neutron Scattering Sciences Division. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Colorado State University. He came to ORNL in 2006 on a Cliff Shull Fellowship...10/13

Using tiny cameras to monitor wetlands

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory said the use of tiny video cameras -- known as minirhizotrons -- has provided an effective ways to study root behavior in wetlands, allowing researchers to evaluate the response of the ecosystem to elevated temps and carbon dioxide...10/13

Method of studying roots rarely used in wetlands improves ecosystem research

(Physorg.com) A method of monitoring roots rarely used in wetlands will help Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers effectively study the response of a high-carbon ecosystem to elevated temperatures and levels of carbon dioxide...10/13

DOE

New Ultra-High Speed Network Connection for Researchers and Educators is 10 Times Faster Than Commercial Internet Providers

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the activation of an ultra-high speed network connection for scientists, researchers and educators at universities and National Laboratories that is at least ten times faster than commercial Internet providers...10/13

Partnering with National Labs Brings Cutting Edge Technology to Market

(DOE Press Release) Partnerships with businesses, from start-ups to large companies, are supported by Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) -- one of the examples of how the Energy Department’s National Labs are helping private industry bring cutting-edge technologies to market – creating new industries and businesses and bolstering the country’s economic competitiveness...10/13

National

Obama Says Facts Support Accusation of Iranian Plot

(NY Times) President Obama vowed on Thursday to push for what he called the “toughest sanctions” against Iran, saying that the United States had strong evidence that Iranian officials were complicit in an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States...10/13

U.S. trade gap falls to $45.6B

(AP) The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly in August because imports fell a little more than exports. The trade gap with China hit a record high for a single month. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit dipped to $45.61 billion in August, the lowest gap in four months. The July deficit was revised upward to $45.63 billion...10/14

energy & science policy

Wind, solar farm finance at record in Q3, report says

(Reuters) Wind farm and solar park financing surged to a record $41.8 billion in the third quarter, even though clean energy share prices and the European economy slumped, a report by research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance said on Thursday...10/13

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science & technology

Deepwater to Build First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

(Scientific American) Deepwater Wind is racing to build the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Rhode Island and hopes to parlay that into a string of East Coast farms that could partially replace embattled nuclear power plants...10/13

In African Cave, An Early Human Paint Shop

(NPR) Apparently one of the earliest human instincts was to paint things, including bodies and cave walls. That's the conclusion from scientists who have discovered something remarkable in a South African cave — a toolkit for making paint. It looks to be the oldest evidence of paint-making...10/14

New Technique Offers Enhanced Security for Sensitive Data in Cloud Computing

(Science Daily) Researchers from North Carolina State University and IBM have developed a new, experimental technique to better protect sensitive information in cloud computing -- without significantly affecting the system's overall performance...10/13

Physicists say nanoparticle assembly is like building with LEGOs

(Physorg.com) New processes that allow nanoparticles to assemble themselves into designer materials could solve some of today's technology challenges...10/13

Other Stories

How Close Is Al-Qaida To Defeat?

(NPR) A debate is raging in the intelligence community about what it means to defeat al-Qaida...10/13