Tuesday, February 14, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL microscopy explores nanowires' weakest link

(Physorg.com) Individual atoms can make or break electronic properties in one of the world's smallest known conductors—quantum nanowires. Microscopic analysis at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is delivering a rare glimpse into how the atomic structure of the conducting nanowires affects their electronic behavior...2/13

Mason talks about ORNL outlook FY13

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked a little while ago with ORNL Director Thom Mason about the Fiscal Year 2013 outlook, based on the President's budget request released today, and the overall view is sort of flat. ORNL has been preparing for that via a number of cost-cutting measures, so in that sense Mason said he didn't see anything that would truly shock the system...2/13

Energy Secretary to Visit Georgia Nuclear Reactor Site and Tennessee Laboratory to Highlight Administration Support for Nuclear Energy

(Energy.gov) U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Wednesday, February 15 to highlight steps the Obama Administration is taking to restart America’s nuclear energy industry...2/13

ORNL offers mentors, working space for students to build robots

(EurekAlert) Students from eight local high schools will work hand in hand with ORNL scientists and engineers to build a robot for the FIRST robotics competition, a nationwide event that promotes science and engineering for high school students...2/13


At DOE, Body Blows to Fusion, Nuclear Physics, and Particle Physics

(Science) Overall, the budget numbers for the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science, the single largest funder of physical sciences research in the United States, look reasonably good. The office would see its budget climb by 2.4% to $4.992 billion. Three of the office's six major research programs, however, are slated for potentially devastating cuts...2/13

State & Regional

State rebounding from economic slump, UT professor says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Tennessee is slowly rebounding from the Great Recession, including a "simply remarkable" resurgence in manufacturing jobs, a University of Tennessee professor said Monday...2/14

Arnold center in Tennessee tests ICBM motor

(AP) The Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee has tested one of the final Minutemen III intercontinental ballistic missile motors to roll off the assembly line...2/14


Deadlock on Syria: Likely crimes against humanity, but no plan of action

(CS Monitor) Turkey's foreign minister discussed Syria for hours with US officials Monday, but no 'road map' for action resulted, even as the top UN human rights official warned of crimes against humanity...2/13

East Tennessee

UT Researchers Find China’s Pollution Related to E-Cars May Be More Harmful than Gasoline Cars’

(Tennessee Today) Electric cars have been heralded as environmentally friendly, but findings from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers show that electric cars in China have an overall impact on pollution that could be more harmful to health than gasoline vehicles...2/13

energy & science policy

Chu: President’s 2013 Energy Budget Makes Critical Investments in Innovation, Clean Energy, and National Security

(DOE Press Release) U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today detailed President Barack Obama's $27.2 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing the President’s commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes critical investments in innovation, in the job-creating clean energy technologies, and in our national security strategy...2/13

science & technology

50 Years Later, Celebrating John Glenn’s Feat

(NY Times) In the winter of 1962, the nation needed a hero. Americans had yet to recover from the Soviet Union’s launching of the first spacecraft, Sputnik, in October 1957 — a rude jolt to our confidence as world leaders in all things technological. The space race was on...2/13

Models hone picture of climate impacts

(Nature News) ...Last week at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, researchers launched a fast-track programme to make their narratives of possible futures more coherent and useful to decision-makers...2/13

Electrical Engineers Build 'No-Waste' Laser

(Science Daily) A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, "thresholdless" laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste...2/9

Bright Days: How India Is Reinventing Solar

(Time) ...In the last year, funding for solar projects in India increased seven-fold, from $0.6 billion in 2010 to $4.2 billion in 2011...2/13

Other Stories

Israel blames Iran for attacks on its diplomats

(USA Today) Israel put its foreign missions on high alert Monday following near simultaneous bomb attacks on its diplomats that it blamed on Iran, adding to already high tensions between the two over Iran's nuclear program...2/14