Tuesday, January 8, 2013
ORNL in the News

Robot competition offers high-tech shot at real-world goals

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Students from several of the 30 area high school teams in the competition converged Saturday on Oak Ridge National Laboratories' Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville. The students and their mentors watched the nationally televised 2013 game announcement, toured the facility and for the first time saw the official FIRST competition playing field for this year's game...1/6

Studying permafrost soil, above and below ground: Research could lead to a better understanding of the Arctic ecosystem

(PhysOrg) The new approach combines several remote-sensing tools to study the Arctic landscape—above and below ground—in high resolution and over large spatial scales...The NGEE-Arctic project is a collaboration among scientists and engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks...1/4

DOE

Award-winning PV cell pushes efficiency higher

(PhysOrg) So how can we make a solar cell that has a higher efficiency than the rules allow? That's the question scientists in the III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory faced 15 years ago as they searched for materials they could grow easily that also have the ideal combinations of band gaps for converting photons from the sun into electricity with unprecedented efficiency...1/2

State & Regional

Tennesseans urged to test for radon

(AP) Two state agencies, the federal government and the American Lung Association are encouraging Tennesseans to test their homes for radon...1/7

 

National

Future Of U.S. Troops Looms Over Afghan Leader's Visit

(NPR) Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in Washington this week for meetings with President Obama and other senior administration officials. The talks are expected to help set the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the bulk of American and NATO forces leave at the end of 2014..1/8

Energy sector cyberattacks jumped in 2012. Were utilities prepared?

(CS Monitor) The number of cyberattacks on the computer systems of power grid and gas pipeline companies rose in 2012, a federal report shows, as cyberspies zeroed in on the energy sector...1/7

East Tennessee

New EnergySolutions owner to keep Oak Ridge team

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Nuclear services company EnergySolutions, which has a significant presence in Oak Ridge, will be acquired by a subsidiary of Energy Capital Partners II LLC, the companies announced Monday. The value of the transaction was placed at $1.1 billion...1/8

energy & science policy

The Quiet Clean Energy Innovation Revolution at the Department of Energy

(Forbes) America’s clean energy policy has gone through significant changes in the last four years: game-changing public investments in clean energy innovation, funding for ARPA-E, and the creation of collaborative science and research hubs to name a few. Nonetheless, policymakers and clean energy experts all agree that it isn’t enough to address the United States’ staggering energy and climate issues..1/7

science & technology

Salt Power: Norway Project Gives Osmotic Energy a Shake

(National Geographic News) Few people think of osmosis as a way to help feed the world's hunger for energy. But an experiment under way on a coastal inlet in Norway may help draw attention to the power packed in the salty seas...1/7

Safe nuclear power not a pipedream

(Canberra Times) Jiang Mianheng, son of former leader Jiang Zemin, is spearheading a project for the Chinese Academy of Sciences with a start-up budget of $US350 million. He has already recruited 140 scientists working full time on thorium power at the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics. He will have 750 staff by 2015...1/8

Other Stories

Don't Burn Your Books---Print Is Here to Stay

(Wall Street Journal) Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated...1/5

Economists are bullish on China's new leadership

(Fortune) How will China overcome its own cliff? That was the question for a group of Chinese economists Monday who gathered at the New York Stock Exchange to offer their forecast for the world's second-largest economy...1/7

Exxon's 'New' $14 Billion Field Was Discovered 30 Years Ago. What Took So Long?

(Forbes) It’s about time someone got around to developing Hebron. The giant heavy oil field offshore Newfoundland was discovered way back in 1981...1/7