Tuesday, February 11, 2014
ORNL in the News

Super Absorbent Oil Sponges

(Trend Hunter) This super sponge has the potential to be the saving grace for much of the world’s oil problems. This sponge will be able to widen and narrow its pores in order to accommodate oil on command...Researchers at the University of North Texas and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have shown that certain kinds of crystals can be used to soak up this oil...2/10

Students encouraged to apply for free science, math institute

(Vinton Daily) Middle school and high school students interested in math, science and technology are encouraged to submit an application for the 2014 Appalachian Regional Commission-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute...2/10

DOE

Interview with ARPA-E: The Future of Semiconductors

(Energy.gov) ARPA-E recently announced that it was funding 14 projects under its SWITCHES program (short for Strategies for Wide Bandgap, Inexpensive Transistors for Controlling High-Efficiency Systems). Why is ARPA-E investing in SWITCHES?...2/4

State & Regional

Tennessee below national average in AP scoring

(AP) A new report shows over the last decade more students are taking Advanced Placement courses in Tennessee. But the College Board report released on Tuesday shows the state is below the national average of students in the class of 2013 who scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam...2/10

National

U.S. mulls drone strike on American al Qaeda suspect in Pakistan

(CBS) The case of an American citizen and suspected member of al Qaeda who is allegedly planning attacks on U.S. targets overseas is underscoring the complexities of President Obama's new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones...2/11

East Tennessee

Second and final state approval granted for Oak Ridge Mall redevelopment

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The redeveloped mall could open in 2016. The current enclosed mall would be converted into an open-air, retail-driven, mixed-use property that could include 400,000 square feet of retail space and roughly 60,000 to 100,000 square feet of office space, a hotel of about 100 to 120 rooms, and up to 50 multi-family, “walkable” residential units...2/11

energy & science policy

Nuclear Waste Solution Seen in Desert Salt Beds

(NY Times) Half a mile beneath the desert surface, in thick salt beds left behind by seas that dried up hundreds of millions of years ago, the Department of Energy is carving out rooms as long as football fields and cramming them floor to ceiling with barrels and boxes of nuclear waste...2/9

science & technology

Quantum Computing: A Primer

(Time) ...Quantum computing may well represent the biggest breakthrough in computer technology since the invention of the microprocessor...2/7

Bears and eagles and seals, oh my. How five endangered species have fared.

(Washington Post) The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars trying to save more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened...2/10

Stronger Winds over Pacific Ocean Help Slow Global Warming

(Scientific American) The massive Pacific Ocean is helping absorb the extra heat trapped by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere...2/10

Could Volcanoes Power the World?

(Science Magazine) Still searing from the formation of the solar system, the core of Earth is a nuclear reactor generating heat from the breakdown of radioactive elements like uranium, thorium, and potassium...2/7

Other Stories

Experts warn of coming wave of serious cybercrime

(Washington Post) The rash of attacks against Target and other top retailers is likely to be the leading edge of a wave of serious cybercrime, as hackers become increasingly skilled at breaching the nation’s antiquated payment systems, experts say...2/9

The Race to Save America's Public Media History

(The Atlantic) A new archive is trying to digitize thousands of hours of tape from TV and radio stations across the country—before those tapes disintegrate...2/7