Friday, February 1, 2013
ORNL in the News

Research on lithium coatings unlocks mystery surrounding the harnessing of fusion energy

(PhysOrg) The research of a multi-institutional team from the U.S., Japan, and France, led by Predrag S. Krstic of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and Jean Paul Allain of Purdue University has answered the question of 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...1/31

East Tennessee

UT Introduces Cutting-Edge Electron Microscopes

(Tennessee Today) Imagine having the power to read the mint date on the head of a nickel on the moon. That’s the power of a new electron microscope at UT. The university has two new cutting-edge microscopes worth a total of $3.5 million...1/31

Chamber, Economic Partnership share 10-year Oak Ridge impact

(Oak Ridger) A recently updated “project summary” developed by the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and its support corporation, the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, maintains that — over the past 10 years alone — the combined economic efforts of these two organizations has helped the city of Oak Ridge create about 5,000 new jobs...1/29

State & Regional

At UT's request, state panel delays decision on fracking research project

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee on Thursday asked a state panel to delay taking up the school's fracking research proposal for 30 days to allow more time to meet with concerned residents and environmental groups...1/31

National

Threat of automatic cuts costly to federal agencies

(Washington Post) The drastic $85 billion in automatic spending cuts Congress approved in hopes of heading off another deficit showdown may or may not occur, but federal agencies say the threat has been disrupting government for months as officials take costly and inefficient steps to prepare...1/31

DOE

Thirteen Major Companies Join Energy Department’s Workplace Charging Challenge

(Energy.gov) Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 13 major U.S. employers and eight stakeholder groups have joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge to help expand access to workplace charging stations for American workers across the country...1/31

NNSA: Cost of Y-12 break-in at least $15M — so far

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The government's response to the July 28 security breach at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has cost taxpayers about $15 million so far, according to an estimate from the National Nuclear Security Administration, and possibly a lot more...2/1

energy & science policy

Immigration Reform Would Enhance STEM Workforce

(AIP) Momentum is increasing on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to change the way in which visas would be provided to recent college graduates and professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. There have been three significant events this week related to the reform of immigration law, all of which are intended to strengthen the STEM workforce in the United States...1/31

Europe’s energy policy delivers the worst of all possible worlds

(The Economist) WHILE coal production and use plummet in America, in Europe “we have some kind of golden age of coal,” says Anne-Sophie Corbeau of the International Energy Agency...2/1

science & technology

Pigeon DNA proves Darwin right

(Nature) Humans have shaped the domestic pigeon into hundreds of breeds of various shapes, colours and attributes — a diversity that captivated Charles Darwin, who even conducted breeding experiments on his own pigeons...1/31

Physicists Shine a Light On Particle Assembly

(Science Daily) New York University physicists have developed a method for moving microscopic particles with the flick of a light switch. Their work, reported in the journal Science, relies on a blue light to prompt colloids to move and then assemble -- much like birds flock and move together in flight...1/31

Radiation tolerant nanotwinned metals

(PhysOrg) Texas A&M University mechanical engineering researchers led by Dr. Xinghang Zhang have discovered radiation-tolerant nanotwinned metals that could provide an important step forward for the design of materials for the next generation of nuclear reactors...2/1

How Owls Spin Their Heads Without Tearing Arteries

(NPR) ...Owls have a few things going for them that humans don't, it turns out. Their neck arteries don't thread through every vertebra. And where the vessels do go through bone, the canal is much wider than it is in humans. Those two features make it less likely that bone will collide with delicate tissue and injure it...1/31