Friday, February 21, 2014
ORNL in the News

Real-time view of battery electrochemistry

(Science Daily) Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution...2/19

U.S. Power Grids Prepping for Solar Storms

(Claims Journal) ...modelling by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicates a 1-in-100 year solar storm, such as those that struck the United States in 1859 and again in 1921, would cause as many as 300 high-voltage transformers to fail and suffer permanent damage...2/20

DOE

Fleischmann emphatic: ‘We’re going to build the UPF’

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“Well, let me make this clear,” the Republican congressman said. “I’ve had discussions with the Secretary (of Energy Ernest Moniz), with the (House Appropriations) committee. We are committed to UPF, I am committed to the UPF, our great community is committed to the UPF, so we’re going to build the UPF.”...2/20

Amazing Materials and the Emerging Field of Spintronics

(Energy.gov) A team of researchers from the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) recently found a 3D counterpart to one of the flattest materials of them all -- the amazing material graphene...2/20

National

With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity

(Washington Post) President Obama’s forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits...2/20

East Tennessee

Environmentalists, others to challenge Fleischmann, Duncan on global warming

(Oak Ridge Today) Volunteers have organized two press conferences today to challenge Tennessee congressmen John Duncan and Chuck Fleischmann to accept and then work to stop human-caused climate change...2/10

Expert to Discuss Sleep and the Role of the Internal Clock at Science Forum

(Tennessee Today) Theresa M. Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology, will present “Tick Tock: Sleep Across the Lifespan and the Role of the Internal Clock” on Friday during this week’s Science Forum...2/20

energy & science policy

Stanford scientist to unveil 50-state plan to transform US to renewable energy

(PhysOrg) Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues will present a new roadmap to renewable energy for all 50 states at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago...2/15

science & technology

Deadly Virus Widespread in British Bumblebees

(Science Magazine) Honey bees are apparently the Typhoid Marys of the pollinator world. A study suggests that honey bees spread two kinds of pathogens to wild bumblebees. And one of these, deformed wing virus (DWV), is killing bumblebees across the United Kingdom...2/19

Next-generation GPS satellite launched into orbit

(Reuters) A U.S. Global Positioning System satellite was launched into orbit on Thursday, buttressing a 31-member navigation network in constant use by the military, civilian agencies and commercial customers worldwide...2/10

The Return of the Polar Vortex Is Actually a Good Thing

(Wired News) Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again, the polar vortex is back, blasting the Midwest and eastern half of the U.S with very cold weather. While this will undoubtedly be unpleasant, there is an upside...2/21

Other Stories

Amid Toxic Waste, a Navajo Village Could Lose Its Land

(NY Times) ...In this dusty corner of the Navajo reservation, where seven generations of families have been raised among the arroyos and mesas, Bertha Nez is facing the prospect of having to leave her land forever...2/19