Tuesday, November 8, 2011
ORNL in the News

An incredible shrinking material

(Physorg.com) Most materials expand when heated, but a few contract. Now engineers at the California Institute of Technology have figured out how one of these curious materials, scandium trifluoride, does the trick—a finding, they say, that will lead to a deeper understanding of all kinds of materials....The team also probed the material's properties by blasting it with neutrons at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee; by measuring the angles and speeds with which the neutrons scattered off the atoms in the crystal lattice, the team could study the atoms' vibrations...11/7

Massive data "pipeline" coming to Johns Hopkins

(BaltTech.com) The National Science Foundation is giving Johns Hopkins University a $1.2 million grant to fund a telecommunications pipeline that will enable researchers to move massive amounts of data each day that's equivalent to 80 million file cabinets with text...So how will this network be used? According to Hopkins, researchers will be able to access large data sets from Google, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the San Diego Supercomputing Center to do research...11/7

ET-built generators fueled by plant material, waste

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A historic resort being renovated to welcome visitors to the 2012 London Olympics should be lit by the time the torch arrives with a biopowered generator built by an East Tennessee company...The technology was developed by former Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Sam Weaver, who has launched a number of local technology companies since setting up shop in an 1800s-era cabin adjacent to the Roane County Industrial Park...11/7

Much of stimulus money spent under the radar

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Most of the attention has focused on the big projects, such as the demolition of old and contaminated buildings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex and the East Tennessee Technology Park, as well as construction of a new Chemical and Materials Sciences Building at ORNL. The stimulus funding, however, been used for many smaller projects that have gone mostly unnoticed outside the DOE world...11/7

TTU, Oak Ridge lab deal a boost for students

(Herald-Citizen) Collaboration between Tennessee Tech University's chemistry department and Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to unique opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in important research projects over the last six years...11/8

DOE

Research sparks record-breaking solar cell performances

(Physorg.com) Theoretical research by scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has led to record-breaking sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies in solar cells...11/7

ORAU employees honored by Energy Secretary

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Sixteen Oak Ridge Associated Universities employees received Department of Energy Secretarial Honor Awards for work supporting the federal agency's response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in Japan...11/7

Breakthrough Berkeley Mist Sealant Technology: Potential to Save Americans $5 Billion Per Year

(DOE Press Release) Who knew leaks could be costing Americans $5 billion every year? And that's not water leaks -- it's leaks you can't even see. Typical air duct systems, both residential and commercial, typically lose 25-40 percent of heating and cooling energy, accounting for billions added to utility bills...11/7

National

First Nationwide Test of US Emergency System

(Discovery News) The test will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa...11/7

East Tennessee

Smokies park adopts long-term elk plan

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a new plan for managing the park's elk population...11/7

State & Regional

TVA considers using wind power

(The Examiner) The Tennessee Valley Authority is exploring the possibility of using wind power to provide cleaner energy...11/4

 

energy & science policy

“Snake bit”: House Science Committee Reviews Troubled Weather Satellite Program

(AIP) NASA’s successful launch of a next generation Earth-observing satellite late last month is a significant milestone in a program to replace America’s aging system of weather satellites...11/7

Inside Energy Extra

11/7 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Utilities fear 'clustering' of EVs
- WAPA faulted over stimulus spending
- Measure could impact Iran oil trades
- Shift in cleanup contract questioned

science & technology

Solar Power Only One Piece of the Sustainable Economy Puzzle

(Forbes) ...solar energy as the next tech revolution – and a necessary step if we want to achieve energy independence and a clean, hospitable environment...11/7

How The CIA Uses Social Media to Track How People Feel

(The Atlantic) How stable is China? What are people discussing and thinking in Pakistan? To answer these sorts of question, the U.S. government has turned to a rich source: social media...11/4

Marie Curie: Why her papers are still radioactive

(CS Monitor) Marie Curie, whom Google is celebrating Monday with a Google Doodle in honor of her 144th birthday, lived her life awash in ionizing radiation. More than a century later, her papers are still radioactive...11/7

6 Diseases Back from the Dead

(Popular Mechanics) Plague, TB, and measles seem like illnesses of the history books or infections beaten back by modern science. But once-vanquished diseases are now reemerging all over the world. Here's why...11/6

Other Stories

IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability

(Washington Post) Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings...11/6

Nuclear Supply to Fall as Power Demand Rises: Draft Report

(Scientific American) The Fukushima disaster could lead to a 15 percent fall in world nuclear power generation by 2035, while power demand at the same time could rise by 3.1 percent a year, according to a draft copy of the International Energy Agency's 2011 World Energy Outlook...11/4