Friday, February 7, 2014
ORNL in the News

University of Tennessee professor named to National Academy of Engineering

(EurekAlert) George Pharr, Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Joint Faculty Scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named to the National Academy of Engineering. He becomes the fifth NAE member in the College of Engineering....2/6

Ballistic transport in graphene suggests new type of electronic device

(PhysOrg) Using electrons more like photons could provide the foundation for a new type of electronic device that would capitalize on the ability of graphene to carry electrons with almost no resistance even at room temperature – a property known as ballistic transport...The research was done through 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 in the United States...2/6

DOE

Oak Ridge shipments to WIPP to resume mid-March

(Energy.gov) Waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico were halted this week as a result of a truck fire in the underground waste repository...2/6

The Y-12 situation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...the mishandling of a small amount of uranium oxide probably doesn’t have the cringe factor of some other high-profile problems of recent vintage at Y-12, be it the predawn intrusion by peace activists cutting through security fences or highly skilled contract teams screwing up the design of a multibillion-dollar facility (UPF). But in the nuclear weapons world, keeping close track of special nuclear materials is a big deal...2/6

State & Regional

Obama administration's study on sale of TVA nears end

(Times Free-Press) ...The Office of Management and Budget, which prepares the president's budget each year, is still studying a proposal advanced in last year's budget plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority to help pay down the federal debt...2/7

National

A long road for high-speed maglev trains in the U.S.

(Fortune) Japan is about to launch a super-fast maglev train service and is looking sell its tech abroad. The U.S. is interested, but it'll take a lot more than just curiosity (namely, cash) to get this project going...2/6

East Tennessee

UT Expert: Olympic Infrastructure Investments, Not Venues, Bring Economic Growth

(Tennessee Today) All eyes turn to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week as athletes compete to take the gold. But what happens to the city and sporting facilities that have been built for the event once everyone returns home?...2/6

New hybrid electric buses delivered in Knoxville

(WVLT-TV) The city of Knoxville has added three new hybrid electric buses to the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) fleet. They're KAT's first hybrid electric buses...2/6

energy & science policy

Positive Hearing on Critical Minerals Bill

(AIP) Uniform and enthusiastic support was expressed at a January 28 hearing for the goals of a Senate bill to increase the domestic supply of critical minerals that are used in a wide range of high-technology products...2/6

science & technology

Mega-Doughnuts: CERN to Study Plan for 100-Kilometer Atom-Smashers

(Science Magazine) ...If you thought atom-smashers couldn't get any bigger, think again. European particle physicists will draw up plans for a pair of circular particle colliders, to be built one after the other, that would measure 80 to 100 kilometers in circumference and smash particles at unprecedented energies...2/6

China becomes world’s third-largest producer of research articles

(Nature) Chinese science is on the rise: the country is now the third-largest producer of research articles, with its output surging during the last decade, according to a report released today by the US National Science Foundation (NSF)...2/6

Mosquitoes Carry Yet Another Tropical Disease toward the U.S.

(Scientific American) It began last October, with a simple mosquito bite on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. With that itch-inducing nip from an infected mosquito, a disease known for causing patients to stoop over in pain made its first locally acquired appearance in the Western Hemisphere...2/6

Other Stories

Snipers Coordinated an Attack on the Power Grid, but Why?

(The Atlantic) Last April, unknown attackers shot up 17 transformers at a California substation in what the then-chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff called "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in this country...2/5

Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

(NPR) As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer bank-like services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities...2/7