Friday, January 18, 2013
ORNL in the News

RABiTS technology enables record-setting performance

(R&D Magazine) A technology invented at the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory for manufacturing copper-oxide-based high-temperature superconducting materials has been used to make an iron-based superconducting wire capable of carrying very high electrical currents under exceptionally high magnetic fields...1/17

New biochip technology uses tiny whirlpools to corral microbes

(Bio-Optics World) Researchers have demonstrated a new technology that combines a laser and electric fields to create tiny centrifuge-like whirlpools to separate particles and microbes by size, a potential lab-on-a-chip system for medicine and research...The Lab on a Chip paper was written by Jae-Sung Kwon; Sandeep Ravindranath; Aloke Kumar, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Joseph Irudayaraj, a Purdue professor of agricultural and biological engineering and deputy director of the Bindley Bioscience Center; and Wereley...1/17

DOE

SunShot Incubator Inspires Solar Energy Visionaries

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department is announcing the availability of more than $12 million to accelerate innovations within the solar industry as part of the latest round of SunShot Incubator...1/16

DOE awards $181M security contract in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The security makeover in Oak Ridge continues. The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a five-year, $181.7 million security contract to National Strategic Protective Services LLC...1/18

 

National

Movement of Missiles by North Korea Worries U.S.

(NY Times) The discovery by American intelligence agencies that North Korea is moving mobile missile launchers around the country, some carrying a new generation of powerful rocket, has spurred new assessments of the intentions of the country’s young new leader, Kim Jong-un..1/17

State & Regional

Unemployed in Tenn. at lowest point since 2008

(AP) The number of unemployed Tennesseans is at its lowest point since the economic meltdown of 2008...1/17

Pollution controls at Gallatin plant may force move of rare mussels

(Tennessean) In the shadows of TVA’s Gallatin power plant, David Sims has toiled away for years in hopes of helping some of Tennessee’s most endangered animals...1/18

energy & science policy

FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act: National Ignition Facility, CMRR

(AIP) The House bill contained a provision (sec. 3119) that would limit the obligation and expenditure of funds for fusion ignition research and experiments to not more than 50 percent...1/17

science & technology

New Nanoscale Coating Won't Get Wet; Repels Most Liquids

(Science Daily) A nanoscale coating that's at least 95 percent air repels the broadest range of liquids of any material in its class, causing them to bounce off the treated surface, according to the University of Michigan engineering researchers who developed it...1/16

A New Kind Of Concrete Gives Regular Buildings Living Walls

(Fastcoexist.com) Buildings covered in vegetation aren’t just beautiful. They also capture CO2 and provide insulation--you just have to deal with the fact that they need support structures that stress building walls and require lots of maintenance. Not so with the biological concrete developed by researchers at Barcelona’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)...1/17

Boeing 787 Batteries Same As Those In Electric Cars? Umm, No

(Popular Science) The FAA has grounded all 787s after a string of fires in their lithium-ion battery packs. But these batteries are very different from the ones in electric cars...1/17

Other Stories

Royal Institution considers sale of London headquarters

(Nature) The wood-paneled theater where Michael Faraday presented his annual Christmas lectures on chemistry, electricity and magnetism could be up for sale, along with the rest of the London headquarters of the esteemed Royal Institution (RI)...1/17

An emerging source of clean power in India: city waste

(Washington Post) An Indian company which plans to build a power plant that runs on city waste will aim for a $200 million IPO next month..1/17