Tuesday, January 14, 2014
ORNL in the News

Cold as Ice — Using Titan to Build More Efficient Wind Turbines

(Energy.gov) ...Since 2005, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been researching, developing and testing materials in freezing conditions. By developing more efficient materials for wind turbines, researchers can increase turbine efficiency and reduce potential downtime for wind turbines in cold climates...1/10

Researchers Invent ‘Sideways’ Approach to 2-D Hybrid Materials

(Lab Manager) Researchers at the 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...1/13

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist's career honored through fellowship award

(The Daily Beacon) Liane Russell's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is honoring Russell, a former ORNL scientist and a world-renowned scientific scholar, through a fellowship opportunity for future scientific researchers...1/13

National

Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise

(Washington Post) ...Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities...1/13

U.S. posts record December budget surplus

(Reuters) The U.S. government last month posted the largest budget surplus for any December on record...1/13

DOE

Bard and Sessler win Fermi Awards

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Allen J. Bard and Andrew Sessler were announced today as winners of the Enrico Fermi Award, characterized as one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. The Presidential Award, which is administered by the Energy Dept., comes with an honorarium of $50,000 and a medal...1/13

East Tennessee

Engineering Research Shows Promise for Uses of “Wonder Material”

(Tennessee Today) New research from the College of Engineering details a new technique for forming a two-dimensional, single-atom sheet of two different materials with a seamless boundary. The findings, published in Science, could help revolutionize the landscape of nanotechnology and electronics...1/9

Discover, Invent, Change

(Tennessee Alumnus) ...These 12 UT-based inventions are influencing—and in some cases transforming—fields as wide ranging as nanotechnology and material science, medicine and forensics, livestock fertility and national security, dentistry and energy storage...1/3

State & Regional

Volkswagen CEO greenlights SUV; undecided on Chattanooga

(Times Free-Press) Volkswagen's chief executive pledged Sunday to go on a sales offensive in the U.S. that will include a new sport utility vehicle, but he stopped short of naming the automaker's Chattanooga plant as the production site...1/13

energy & science policy

U.S. Carbon Emissions Climb for the First Time in Three Years

(Time) Energy related CO2 emissions in the United States are projected to have risen in 2013, the first growth in three years, due largely to an increase in the use of coal to produce electricity, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)...1/13

science & technology

'Rhubarb' Battery Could Store Energy of Future

(Science Magazine) A molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb may hold the key to the future of renewable energy. Researchers have used the compound to create a high-performance “flow” battery, a leading contender for storing renewable power in the electric utility grid...1/8

President Obama Names Scientists Bard and Sessler as Enrico Fermi Award Recipients

(Energy.gov) President Obama has named Dr. Allen J. Bard and Dr. Andrew Sessler as recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement...1/13

Many eyes on Earth

(Nature) ...At Skybox Imaging in Palo Alto, plans are afoot for a swarm of 24 satellites, each weighing about 100 kilograms, which will take images of 1 metre resolution or better...1/8

Studies Suggest Two-Way Street for Science Majors

(Science Magazine) Conventional wisdom holds that few U.S. college students ever transfer into a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field because they lack the necessary academic preparation...1/10

Other Stories

Google buying Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

(Fortune) Google has agreed to acquire Nest Labs, the trendy maker of smart home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash.