Friday, January 10, 2014
ORNL in the News

Seamless BoundaryORNL-UT researchers invent 'sideways' approach to 2-D hybrid

(AZNano) Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have pioneered a new technique for forming a two-dimensional, single-atom sheet of two different materials with a seamless boundary.. The study, published in the journal Science, could enable the use of new types of 2-D hybrid materials in technological applications and fundamental research...1/9

 

 

DelaireComprehensive phonon “map” offers direction for engineering new thermoelectric devices

(R&D Magazine)...Automobiles, power plants, laptops and many other machines produce heat when they operate. Waste heat is an unavoidable energy loss ...To understand how to design better thermoelectric materials, researchers are using neutron scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to study how silver antimony telluride is able to effectively prevent heat from propagating through it on the microscopic level...1/9

DOE

'60 Minutes' Clean Tech Segment Disputed By Former Energy Department Loan Boss

(Huffington Post) "60 Minutes" last Sunday ran a segment on what it described as the "crash" of the clean tech industry, detailing perceived failures in government support for the development of clean energy and other advanced technology...1/8

Back in the vault . . . for now

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) The extended negotiations between Department of Energy and the state of Nevada have stalled plans to ship DOE’s high-rad, fissionable materials from ORNL to the Nevada National Security Site for disposal...1/9

State & Regional

Local governments in TN hire lobbyists to lobby ... government

(The Tennessean) Only the most dedicated city hall watchers could get excited about House Bill 1204. The caption on the measure states drily that its purpose is to retain the powers of smaller cities that have been absorbed into a metropolitan form of government...1/10

National

US employers may post a 5th month of solid hiring

(AP) Healthy U.S. economic growth in the second half of last year has raised expectations that 2013 ended with a fifth straight month of solid hiring...1/10

East Tennessee

Ruby Tuesday to close 30 restaurants following quarterly losses

(WATE) Ruby Tuesday will close 30 restaurants over the next few months, though they won't say which ones. The announcement comes with the company's report that it sustained more than 34 million dollars in losses in the last quarter...1/9

Hospitals short of ICU beds, ventilators as flu cases rise

(WBIR) Hospital officials said January is already on track to be worse than December for flu cases, and medical workers are not only swamped with helping patients who are battling the flu, but they're also dealing with a shortage of resources....1/10

energy & science policy

2013 in Review: Highlights from FYI

(AIP) Congress and the Obama Administration started the year with a delay in mandatory FY 2014 budget cuts. Responding to budget uncertainty, federal agencies took precautionary measures to limit spending...1/9

science & technology

Battery Development May Extend Range of Electric Cars

(Science Daily) It's known that electric vehicles could travel longer distances before needing to charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can just overcome a few technical hurdles...1/9

Size of the UniverseScale of Universe Measured with 1-Percent Accuracy

(LiveScience) An ultraprecise new galaxy map is shedding light on the properties of dark energy, the mysterious force thought to be responsible for the universe's accelerating expansion...1/9

Study Dispels Theories of Y Chromosome's Demise: Stripped-Down Chromosome Retains Key Genes for Fertility

(Science Daily) A comparison of Y chromosomes in eight African and eight European men dispels the common notion that the Y's genes are mostly unimportant and that the chromosome is destined to dwindle and disappear...1/9

Other Stories

What You Should and Shouldn’t Worry about after the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns

(Scientific American) The old saying goes where there's smoke, there's fire, but steam is a different story, even in the case of a nuclear power plant that suffered multiple meltdowns...1/9

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

(The Atlantic) Scientists have proven in the past that reading stimulates many different parts of the brain. In a 2006 study, for example, research subjects read the words “perfume” and “coffee,” and the part of their brains devoted to the sense of smell lit up...1/9

Out there

Write But Not ReadThe Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

(Popular Science) One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be covered in incomprehensible symbols...1/7