Thursday, January 31, 2013
ORNL in the News

'Zoomable' map of poplar proteins offers new view of bioenergy crop

(PhysOrg) Researchers seeking to improve production of ethanol from woody crops have a new resource in the form of an extensive molecular map of poplar tree proteins, published by a team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/30

ORNL panel to discuss climate-change issues at Knox screening of 'Chasing Ice'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A panel of scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will hold a discussion of climate change and lab research projects following the Friday evening (7:20 p.m.) screening of the film, "Chasing Ice," at Regal Downtown West in Knoxville. The film's director/producer, Jeff Orlowski, is also scheduled to participate...1/30

DOE

Energy Department and Catholic University Improve Safety of Nuclear Waste

(Energy.gov) Secretary Steven Chu recently visited Catholic University’s Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) to tour the various labs and projects, focusing on the work in support of the safe immobilization of nuclear wastes at Energy Department sites around the country – specifically the Hanford Plant...1/30

Mini-grants for science education

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Schools in Roane, Anderson, Knox and Loudon Counties are eligible to submit proposals to federal contractor URS-CH2M Oak Ridge for mini-grants to support science education in the region. UCOR is the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge cleanup manager...1/30

New Supercomputer To Target Climate Research

(TechWeb) The Department of Energy is spending $17 million on a new supercomputer that will be used by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab for climate and biological research...1/30

 

National

Drones to Watch Over US Highways

(Discovery News) Drones could help human workers safeguard the 4 million miles of U.S. highways crisscrossing the country. The flying robots could inspect bridges and roads, survey lands with laser mapping, and even alert officials to traffic jams or accidents...1/30

East Tennessee

NICS Study Reveals How to Control Plasma

(Tennessee Today) A study led by Predrag Krstic at National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS) has uncovered how the behavior of plasma—the extremely hot gases of nuclear fusion—can be controlled with ultra-thin lithium films on graphite walls lining thermonuclear magnetic fusion devices...1/30

Bill Bass, the forensic anthropologist behind The Body Farm talks about his life

(WBIR-TV) With the creation of The Body Farm, seven books and numerous breakthroughs in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass has certainly made a name for himself here locally and around the world...1/30

energy & science policy

Funding agencies urged to check for duplicate grants

(Nature) Nature probe reveals lack of oversight of researchers who win two grants for similar projects...the US Congress has begun to take more interest in the issue: in an audit last year its Government Accountability Office concluded that both the NIH and the US Department of Defense should do more to avoid duplication in their funding of health research...1/30

science & technology

The next revolution in cloud computing

(Fortune) Supercomputers have gotten increasingly powerful, putting a premium on the software needed to run them...1/30

Engineers Solve a Biological Mystery and Boost Artificial Intelligence

(Science Daily) By simulating 25,000 generations of evolution within computers, Cornell University engineering and robotics researchers have discovered why biological networks tend to be organized as modules -- a finding that will lead to a deeper understanding of the evolution of complexity...1/29

Why Hydrogen Cars Could Still Be The Future

(Forbes) Hydrogen cars–assuming the massive technological challenges regarding production, transportation and consumption of hydrogen and fuel cells can be overcome–may leave their well-earned place on the lunatic fringe in a few years...1/30

Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035

(National Geographic News) The global increase of coal power, along with the coal industry's adoption of new technologies, will drive the largest share of water consumption for energy use through 2035, according to the IEA...1/29

Other Stories

China's Soaring Coal Consumption Poses Climate Challenge

(Scientific American) Chinese coal consumption surged for a 12th consecutive year in 2011, with the country burning 2.3 billion tons of the carbon-emitting mineral to run power plants, industrial boilers and other equipment to support its economic and population growth...1/30