Tuesday, January 10, 2012
ORNL in the News

Experiments prove nanoscale metallic conductivity in ferroelectrics

(Science Daily) The prospect of electronics at the nanoscale may be even more promising with the first observation of metallic conductance in ferroelectric nanodomains by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory..."This finding unambiguously identifies a new conduction channel that percolates through the insulating matrix of the ferroelectric, which opens potentially exciting possibilities to 'write' and 'erase' circuitry with nanoscale dimensions," said lead author Peter Maksymovych of ORNL's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences...1/9

ORNL-UT joint appointment announced

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [Need to scroll] Professor Edgar Stach is the first faculty member of the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee to receive a joint appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university, the university announced...Lee Riedinger, interim vice chancellor of UT's Office of Research, called Stach "a leader in the incorporation of solar cell technologies in buildings, as evidenced by the high marks for his Living Light entry in the recent Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C."...1/10


U.S., Iran Play Economic Knockdown

(NPR) Tensions with Iran these days are as high as they've been in years, and managing them will be one of the top challenges facing the Obama administration this year. With Iran threatening to block U.S. ships from entering the Persian Gulf, and the United States vowing not to back down, the stage seems to be set for war...1/9


UCOR gives $20K to Emory Valley Center; more to come over five years

(Knoxville News Sentinel) URS/CH2M Hill Oak Ridge, the Dept. of Energy's environmental manager in Oak Ridge, has presented a $20,000 check to Emory Valley Center, with a pledge for a total of $100,000 over five years...1/10



East Tennessee

Rare crane joins Hiwassee Refuge flock

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Each winter some 12,000 migrating sandhill cranes gather at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee rivers to fatten up on corn, millet and milo grown at the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, Tenn...1/10

Plan to watch the Super Bowl? UT professor Yilu Liu will watch how much electricity you use.

(Tennessee Alumnus) ...as millions of Americans settled in front of their TVs, UT Knoxville professor Yilu Liu focused, instead, on her computer screen. While the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers vied for the Super Bowl title in Cowboys Stadium, Liu charted the gains and losses occurring not on the field but along the millions of miles of wire that make up the U.S. power grid. Liu is the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for power systems in the College of Engineering...12/14

energy & science policy

Pentagon Taps Ex-Astronaut to Head Starship Project

(Discovery News) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected an organization headed by former space shuttle astronaut Mae Jemison to develop a project to launch humans to another star a century from now, a program known as 100 Year Starship...1/9

science & technology

A Crust of Dust: Degradation of Desert Topsoil by Human Activities May Wreak Havoc with the Environment

(Scientific American) ...Jayne Belnap of the U.S. Geological Survey is the world's foremost expert on biological crusts and has issued a clarion call that we should stop treating this ecological treasure like dirt...1/9

Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

(DOE) While the North American International Auto Show is slated to kick off today in Detroit, and the industry is already abuzz with the latest innovations in electric vehicles, we wanted to take a moment to highlight how electric vehicles (EVs) work and what current and future models are doing to cut transit costs, reduce emissions, and strengthen our nation's energy security...1//9

Extinct Giant Tortoise May Still Be Alive in Galapagos

(Wired Science) Genetic traces of a supposedly extinct giant tortoise species have been found in living hybrids on the Galapagos island of Isabela. A few pure Chelonoidis elephantopus almost certainly still exist, hidden in the island’s volcanic redoubts. The hybrids have so much C. elephantopus DNA that scientists say careful breeding could resurrect the tragically vanished behemoths...1/9

Other Stories

The bullish case for Pakistan's economy

(Fortune) Shaukat Aziz, a former finance and prime minister in Pakistan, has high hopes for an economic rebound there, but it may depend on how Afghanistan gets rebuilt...1/9