Thursday, January 16, 2014
ORNL in the News

Thom Mason to lead Red Team review of UPF

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Acting NNSA Administrator Bruce Held this evening confirmed that he has asked Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason to head a Red Team review of the Uranium Processing Facility and possible alternatives...1/15

New Supercomputing Method Helps Energy and Materials Research

(The Daily Beacon) A new method employed on the supercomputer Kraken holds promise for overcoming limitations in the study of energy and materials applications...1/15

ORNL-UT researchers invent 'sideways' approach to 2-D hybrid materials

(Space Daily) 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...1/16

DOE

Wide Bandgap Semiconductors: Essential to Our Technology Future

(Energy.gov) ...One of three new institutes in the President’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, the Energy Department’s institute will develop the infrastructure needed to make WBG semiconductor-based power electronics cost competitive with silicon chips in the next five years...1/15

State & Regional

Tennessee receives national economic development honor

(AP) ...Business Facilities magazine picked the state after evaluating its top five economic development projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013...1/15

National

Lawmakers seek to stymie plan to shift control of drone campaign from CIA to Pentagon

(Washington Post) ...The measure, included in a classified annex to the $1.1 trillion federal budget plan, would restrict the use of any funding to transfer unmanned aircraft or the authority to carry out drone strikes from the CIA to the Pentagon...1/15

Obama announces $140 million partnership to launch N.C. manufacturing institute

(Washington Post) Obama has pledged $200 million in existing federal money for the initiative, taken from existing agencies. The North Carolina institute, focused on power technology, will get $70 million from the Energy Department and the same amount from local companies and universities...1/15

 

energy & science policy

FY 2014 Appropriations: National Science Foundation

(AIP) The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close. On Monday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December...1/15

science & technology

Older Trees Grow Faster, Store More Carbon

(Laboratory Equipment) Trees put on weight faster and faster as they grow older, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The finding that most trees' growth accelerates as they age suggests that large, old trees may play an unexpectedly dynamic role in removing carbon from the atmosphere...1/16

Technology Uses Micro-Windmills to Recharge Cell Phones

(Science Daily) A UT Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging...1/15

Birds fly in 'V' formation to save energy, study finds

(PhysOrg) ... The idea is that another bird can get a boost from an updraft of air in that wake by flying behind the first bird and off to the side. When a group of birds use this trick, they form a "V."...1/15

Other Stories

Brazil's economic trap

(Fortune) The country has grown fast, but rapid development has far outpaced the quality and availability of talented workers...1/15

Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History

(NPR) With less than a month to go before the Winter Games, Russian officials are putting the finishing touches on what they say will be the tightest Olympic security in history...1/15