Thursday, February 6, 2014
ORNL in the News

Ballistic transport in graphene suggests new type of electronic device

(PhysOrg) Scientists have been attempting to create graphene-based electronic devices for nearly a decade. That's because graphene has the unique ability to carry electrons seamlessly without any resistance at room temperature...The research involved a collaboration of scientists from Georgia Tech in the United States, Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/5

Scientist Discusses Earth’s Homogenization at Science Forum

(Noodls) The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation...Stan Wullschleger, project director of Next-Generation Ecosystems Experiments-Arctic at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present "Arctic Alaska: Wild, Wonderful and Warming" Friday, March 28...2/5

DOE

DOE investigating uranium-handling incident at Y-12

(AP) The National Nuclear Security Administration has confirmed there was a recent incident involving a “small amount” of uranium oxide at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge...2/5

Lawrence Livermore to build super laser for ELI facility in Czech Republic

(PhysOrg) Representatives for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have announced that researchers and engineers there have been hard at work constructing a "High Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System" (HAPLS)—a laser unlike anything else ever built...2/6

 

National

Drones on the US border: Are they worth the price?

(CS Monitor) The grounding of the drone fleet that watches over America’s borders after a crash last week is highlighting a program that continues to expand, though questions remain about its effectiveness...2/5

East Tennessee

Office of Research and Engagement Expand Compliance Efforts

(Tennessee Today) UT researchers will have more help in complying with complex federal requirements that cover everything from treatment of lab animals and surveying human subjects to handling hazardous materials and defense-sensitive information...2/5

State & Regional

Gov. Haslam tries to keep UAW out of Tennessee

(The Tennessean) As workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant prepare to vote next week on joining the United Auto Workers labor union, Gov. Bill Haslam is making a last-minute pitch to the German automaker against unionization...2/6

energy & science policy

EPA Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule

(NY Times) In marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy...2/4

science & technology

For Google, a leg up in the artificial intelligence arms race

(Fortune) ...Last week, Google took its biggest step yet to ramp up its predictive powers. It acquired DeepMind Technologies, a British startup focused on artificial intelligence, for a reported $400 to $500 million....2/5

India to build world's largest solar plant

(Nature) ndia has pledged to build the world’s most powerful solar plant. With a nominal capacity of 4,000 megawatts, comparable to that of four full-size nuclear reactors, the ‘ultra mega' project will be more than ten times larger than any other solar project built so far, and it will spread over 77 square kilometres of land — greater than the island of Manhattan...2/4

New surveillance technology can track everyone in an area for several hours at a time

(Washington Post) ...A surveillance system designed by a Dayton, Ohio-based company can track crimes in real time, as they occur...2/5

Other Stories

Kansas teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy

(Kansas City Star) Mason Wilde has always had a passion for figuring out how things work...Using a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library, Wilde made a prosthetic hand that opens and closes and can even hold a pencil...1/31

Sniper Attack On Calif. Power Station Raises Terrorism Fears

(NPR) Was an attack last April on an electric power station near San Jose, Calif., the work of vandals or something far more dangerous — domestic terrorism or a trial run by an individual or organization bent on damaging the nation's electric grid?...2/5