Friday, January 7, 2011
ORNL in the News

Technology That Breaks the Car Industry Mold

(Wall Street Journal) Cutting a car's weight is one of the best ways to boost fuel economy. And one way to reduce weight is to replace some of the steel in a car's body with a material called carbon fiber. The knitting-yarn breakthrough was developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Researchers persuaded a yarn factory in Lisbon, Portugal, to set up a portion of its plant to produce the product, said David Warren, the manager of transportation materials at Oak Ridge Lab...1/5

Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory January 2011

(Newswise) FORENSICS -- The telltale bone . . . ELECTRICITY -- Eye on the grid . . . BATTERIES -- Nanoscale mapping . . . SUPERCOMPUTING -- Pairing up in a nucleus . . . . 1/7


Pumped Hydro: Is it TOO Green?

(Renewable Energy World) Hydropower reservoirs have come under criticism for net greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a three year study through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to investigate these emissions from seven to eight reservoirs primarily in the southeastern United States and three reservoirs in the Pacific Northwest....1/6

Oak Ridge rep announces Science, Tech appointment

(Oak Ridger) On Wednesday morning, just hours before he was to be sworn into office, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Third District, announced on a Knoxville radio station that he had been appointed to a new House committee -- the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The freshman lawmaker called the renowned Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex a "national treasure."...1/6



GM Joins Uncle Sam to Build Better Batteries

(Wired) General Motors is licensing technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory that boosts the performance of lithium-ion batteries by 50 to 100 percent, a move that could help make cars with cords cheaper....1/6

East Tennessee

EPA study cites TVA reductions in power plant emissions

(Knoxville News Sentinel) An Environmental Protection Agency study concludes that TVA has reduced emissions from its power plants of two key acid rain components to a fraction of what was being produced 30 years ago....1/6


Gates Sees Troop Cuts, $78 Billion Five-Year Budget Reduction

(Bloomberg) U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday laid out a $553 billion budget for fiscal year 2012, along with a five-year spending plan that will cut the number of troops, cancel programs and move money saved from those measures into current and new weapons....1/7

U.S. Sends Warning to People Named in Cable Leaks

(New York Times) Officials say hundreds of rights activists, foreign officials and businesspeople have been warned of potential threats....1/7

energy & science policy

2 Environment Rules Halted in New Mexico

(New York Times) Acting on a campaign promise, New Mexico's new Republican governor, Susana Martinez, has scuttled a state regulation requiring annual 3 percent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions....1/7

science & technology

Volunteers at Planetarium Excel Where Machines Lag

(New York Times) The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is enlisting thousands of volunteers with little scientific training to help detect minute differences between images of outer space....1/7

Tears may send a sexual message in addition to an emotional one, study finds

(Washington Post) "We've identified that there is a chemosignal in human tears," said Noam Sobel, a neuroscientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science near Tel Aviv. Sobel headed the study, which involved exposing men to tears collected in vials....1/7 [Registration Required]

Gulf of Mexico oil leak may give Arctic climate clues

(BBC) Almost all methane released in the US oil spill was swallowed by bacteria, which sheds light on future climate processes in the Arctic, say scientists. Writing in journal Science, US researchers report that methane-absorbing bacteria multiplied in the Gulf following the April accident....1/6

Extending Moore's Law: Expitaxial graphene shows promise for replacing silicon in electronics

(PhysOrg) Move over silicon. There's a new electronic material in town, and it goes fast. That material, the focus of the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics, is graphene -- a fancy name for extremely thin layers of ordinary carbon atoms arranged in a "chicken-wire" lattice. These layers, sometimes just a single atom thick, conduct electricity with virtually no resistance, very little heat generation -- and less power consumption than silicon....1/7

Other Stories

CBO says health care repeal would deepen deficit

(Washington Post) Rescinding the federal law to overhaul the health-care system, the first objective of House Republicans who ascended to power this week, would ratchet up the federal deficit by about $230 billion over the next decade and leave 32 million more Americans uninsured, according to congressional budget analysts....1/7 [Registration Required]