Wednesday, January 5, 2011
ORNL in the News

DOE grants $3.9m for SiC HEV charger development

(I-Micronews) A $3.9m award from the US Department of Energy aims to allow electrical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas to continue contributing to the development of a compact and highly efficient silicon carbide battery charger for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The grant is part of the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program and will benefit a collaborative partnership that includes five private and public entities: project leader Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc of Fayetteville, AK; its private partner the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (at the University of Arkansas); Oak Ridge National Laboratory); Cree Inc; and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc...1/4

Scientists: New Enzyme Mix Could Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells Easier

(Matter Network) Scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Georgia combined 14 enzymes, a coenzyme, materials from nonfood sources, and heated water to produce a hydrogen gas pure enough to power a fuel cell....12/4


UPF costs could equal original Y-12 building tab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For those who may not have seen the latest news on UPF, the revised cost range for the Y-12 project is now $4.2 billion to $6.5 billion. That's roughly double the previous cost range of $1.4 billion to $3.5 billion, and construction hasn't even started yet....1/5


A New Speaker, A New Mantra In The House

(NPR) "Smaller, less costly and more accountable government" -- words you'll hear often from John Boehner....1/5

Other Stories

New Technologies That Will Change Our Lives

(Forbes) While consumers are marveling at this year's new tablets and smartphones, researchers are hard at work developing the next wave of computer technologies that will change our lives....1/4



energy & science policy

Obama signs historic food safety law: Will it make dinner safer?

(Christian Science Monitor) The food safety law aims to secure the farm-to-table food chain. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up funding, saying the food supply is already '99.999 percent safe.'...1/4

Oil, Gas Firms Find It Harder To Drill On U.S. Land

(NPR) Since the Deepwater Horizon accident, the oil industry has complained loudly that the government is dragging its feet in approving new offshore drilling projects. Now the industry says that it's experiencing similar problems in the Rocky Mountains....1/5

Inside Energy Extra

1/4 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** Bid to kill Yucca Mt. project defended
** Tax hikes would curb oil sector: API
** DOE lab starts building-energy project
** Broad anti-manipulation power sought

science & technology

Flying Machines, Amazing at Any Angle

(New York Times) The flying abilities of even the most prosaic bird put airplane maneuvers to shame, and experts at the University of Montana Flight Laboratory are cognizant of that every day....1/4

The fish loses the fight, the fish loses the girl?

(Washington Post) Female African cichlids like their mates tough. At least that seems to be the case, based on a recent study of the freshwater fish....1/3 [Registration Required]

Birth and death within Andromeda

(BBC) The great life cycle of stars, from the moment they switch on to the point they destroy themselves, is caught in a new view of the Andromeda Galaxy....1/4