Thursday, February 9, 2012
ORNL in the News








High-level military visit at ORNL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Navy Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Tuesday for a five-hour briefing on ORNL capabilities. He was accompanied by Dr. Gary Samore, the White House coordinator for WMD Counterterrorism and Arms Control, Major General Terry Haston, adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, and others...2/9

University of Texas joins bid for role in battery research center

( The University of Texas is teaming with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in a joint bid to become a federally funded research hub for advanced battery development for electric vehicles and "utility-scale" energy storage systems...2/9

Looks like the Grand Canyon at 450 mph

(Knoxville News Sentinel) This extraordinary color micrograph, which was produced by Lynn Boatner, Joanne Ramey and Tom Geer of ORNL's Materials Science & Technology Division, was chosen for the 2012 Buehler (manufacturer of scientific equipment) Microstructure Calendar. The image will appear in the month of December...2/7

Solar projects springing up on former brownfields

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Two companies and an economic development group are getting on the solar bandwagon on current and former Department of Energy properties, officials said Tuesday. Two solar farms are under construction next to a former uranium enrichment facility, a larger one is planned and a grant is being sought to place solar panels atop a building next to Oak Ridge National Laboratory...2/7

UT School of Information Sciences Recruiting Students for the Emerging Field of Science Data Curation

(Tennessee Today) SciData is a new master’s initiative at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Information Sciences that focuses on science data management... SciData’s partners include IMLS, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Information International Associates, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, and the Office of Scientific and Technical Information...2/8


Signs that Y-12 dispute nearing a resolution?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Construction of Y-12's new high-security storage facility was completed in 2009, and it is now loaded with the nation's primary stockpile of bomb-grade uranium. The project can't be put to bed, however, because of the ongoing dispute and litigation over construction costs associated with the $549 million Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility...2/8

Controlled burn to boost native grasses at former K-25 site

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Meadows of native grasses and fields of switchgrass were set ablaze Wednesday in a bid to assure their vigorous renewal this spring...2/9

Energy Department Announces Over $12 Million to Spur Solar Energy Innovation

(DOE Press Release) As part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, today U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced over $12 million to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace through the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator program...2/8


U.S. and Israel Split on Speed of Iran Threat

(NY Times) Amid mounting tensions over whether Israel will carry out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and Israel remain at odds over a fundamental question: whether Iran’s crucial nuclear facilities are about to become impregnable...2/8

A New Weapon Against Nukes: Social Media

(NPR) Here are two things you don't often hear mentioned in the same sentence: social media and nuclear weapons...2/8



energy & science policy

How Much Life Is Left in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline?

(Popular Mechanics) The oil companies that run the Trans-Alaska Pipeline suggest that if oil flows drop too low, the line could be compromised. But others say that the industry’s numbers are wrong and are actually part of a campaign to open up currently off-limits areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling...2/1

Could Cheap Gas Slow Growth Of Renewable Energy?

(NPR) The boom in cheap natural gas in this country is good news for the environment, because relatively clean gas is replacing dirty coal-fired power plants. But in the long run, cheap natural gas could slow the growth of even cleaner sources of energy, such as wind and solar power...2/2

President Obama Invites Science Competition Winners to the White House

(AIP) Yesterday, President Obama welcomed over 100 student winners of science fairs from across the country to the second White House Science Fair. The students came from over 45 states, and represented over 40 different competitions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...2/8

science & technology

Inspired by steel, nanomanufacturing gets wear-resistant carbide tip

( ...Extending their previous successful collaboration, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research - Zurich have developed a new, resistant nano-sized tip that wears away at the rate of less than one atom per millimeter of sliding on a substrate of silicon dioxide...2/9

Scientists Develop Biological Computer to Encrypt and Decipher Images

(Science Daily) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in California and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a "biological computer" made entirely from biomolecules that is capable of deciphering images encrypted on DNA chips...2/7

Russians Claim To Have Punched Through To Antarctic 'Subglacial Lake'

(NPR) One week after pausing with about 40 feet to go, Russian scientists today announced that they have successfully drilled through two miles of ice to reach Lake Vostok — a body of water the size of New Jersey that hasn't been touched for millions of years...2/8

Other Stories

Japan Aims to Restart Nuclear Reactors in April

(Scientific American) Japan aims to restart two nuclear reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi power plant around April, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday, which would mark the first reactor restart since the Fukushima disaster almost a year ago...2/6