Tuesday, February 19, 2013
ORNL in the News

Physicists propose 'wireless' solar cells

(Physicsworld.com) ...an independent team of researchers at the Vienna University of Technology, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Würzburg has done calculations that suggest that the effect could be used to create a new type of solar cell – one in which the generated current is extracted via conducting interfaces rather than with metal wires...2/18

TRU waste shipments to resume in FY 2014; processing continues at Oak Ridge plant

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The waste processing center is handling various types of wastes, including so-called contact-handled transuranic waste and (the hotter) remote-handled TRU waste. In the future, perhaps beginning in FY 2018, a special facility for processing remote-handled sludges will come online and deal with stockpile of the most hazardous materials left over from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's decades of nuclear reactor operations...2/17

National

Security group suspects Chinese military is behind hacking attacks

(Reuters) A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks, a U.S. computer security company said, prompting a strong denial by China and accusations that it was in fact the victim of U.S. hacking...2/19

DOE

Report says cuts could deeply affect Oak Ridge

(AP) A report by House committee members says if automatic federal spending cuts kick in, many workers at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant could be furloughed...2/18

Y-12 celebrates 70 years

(WBIR-TV) Y-12 National Security Complex is celebrating 70 years. The U.S. Government broke ground on what would become Y-12 on Feb. 18, 1943...2/18

State & Regional

Signal Energy wins its biggest solar project

(Times Free Press) Ben Fischer quips that years ago he headed a company that helped power plants handle their waste products and was "green before it was cool to be green."...2/17

East Tennessee

Zoo gets greener with solar power

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Knoxville Zoo has its first solar power installation, a series of 196 solar panels across the roof of the elephant barn of its Stokely African Elephant Preserve habitat...2/17

Scholar’s Research Places First in SEC

(Tennessee Today) Beranger Biannic, post-doctoral research associate at UT’s Center for Renewable Carbon, earned first place in the post-doctoral scholar category of the Southeastern Conference Symposium’s inaugural Excellence in Poster Presentation. His presentation on “Cobalt-Catalyzed Oxidation of p-Substituted Phenols: Developments toward an Efficient Conversion of Lignin to High Value Chemicals” was selected from more than eighty other entries that focused on the symposium’s topic: “Impact on the Southeast by the World’s Renewable Energy Future.”...2/18

energy & science policy

U.S. House passes hydropower energy policy with unanimous vote

(Hydroworld.com) America's hydroelectric power sector received a boost as House Resolution 267, also known as the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, received a unanimous 422-0 vote of approval before the U.S. House of Representatives...2/13

science & technology

DARPA's new 1.8-gigapixel camera is a super high-resolution eye in the sky

(Gizmag) DARPA recently revealed information on its ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System), a surveillance camera that uses hundreds of smartphone image sensors to record a 1.8 gigapixel image...2/11

Fusion Power Could Happen Sooner Than You Think

(Popular Science) In a presentation that seems ripped from the Atomic Age, Lockheed Skunkworks says it might be a decade away from producing a power plant based on compact fusion reactors...2/18

Scientists Explore New Technologies That Remove Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

(Science Daily) ...Estimates show that by 2050, BECCS technologies could sequester 10 billion metric tons of industrial CO2 emissions annually worldwide...2/16

Other Stories

Carbon Trust launches scheme to tackle water waste

(BBC News) An international standard on water reduction has been launched in an effort to order to encourage businesses to use water more sustainably...2/19

As 3-D Printing Becomes More Accessible, Copyright Questions Arise

(NPR) Many believe 3-D printing could help spark a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. — even President Obama highlighted this technology in his State of the Union address last week...2/19

North Korean Nukes Getting Bigger

(Discovery) North Korea's nuclear bombs are getting a lot bigger, say civilian seismologists who have been calculating the energy of the rogue state's bomb tests using the same methods applied to measuring earthquakes...2/16