Friday, March 2, 2012
ORNL in the News

Climate scientists compute in concert

(Physorg.com) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are sharing computational resources and expertise to improve the detail and performance of a scientific application code that is the product of one of the world's largest collaborations of climate researchers..."Climate is a complex system. We're not solving one problem, but a collection of problems coupled together," said ORNL computational Earth scientist Kate Evans...2/28

Story Tips From the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory March 2012

(Newswise) ENERGY -- Designing tomorrow’s water heater...DETECTORS -- Saving lives...SUPERCONDUCTORS -- Surprising transitions...PHYSICS -- ORNL scores six papers...SUPERCONDUCTIVITY -- VULCAN delivers...3/2

Physicists study probability of structural failure

(Physorg.com) ...Cornell researchers, joined by colleagues in Italy, Finland and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, assert that their calculations provide a much more specific and accurate way to predict structural failure. Their models are based on how different sizes and shapes of cracks, even microscopic ones, form and grow...2/28

Reducing the cost of carbon fibers in vehicles

(Specialty Fabrics Review) Dow Chemical, Midland, Michigan, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., have joined forces to develop a polyolefin-based carbon filter precursor in an attempt to make low-cost carbon fiber for use in automotive composite parts...3/12

DOE

Steven Chu puts clean energy on faster learning curve

(CNet) DOE chief says research will reshape energy's future, enabling grids that run on renewable energy and creating batteries and vehicles that are both more efficient and powerful...2/28

High-security wireless stalled at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Last year, a federal spokesman at Y-12 indicated that the "ultra-secure" technology was being deployed at the New Hope Center and the Jack Case Center at the Oak Ridge plant. In response to questions, spokesman Steven Wyatt said today that work at New Hope Center, which includes the visitor center, was completed last fall...3/1

National

In Case You Missed It: Recap of the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit

(Fox News) Chinese hackers gained control over NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in November, which could have allowed them delete sensitive files, add user accounts to mission-critical systems, upload hacking tools, and more -- all at a central repository of U.S. space technology, according to a report released Wednesday afternoon by the Office of the Inspector General...3/1

East Tennessee

Volkswagen Passat sales surge though supplies are ‘constrained’

(Times Free Press) Volkswagen’s Chattanooga auto assembly plant is pressed to keep up with demand for the company’s fuel-sipping diesel version of its new Passat sedan, officials said Thursday...3/2

energy & science policy

House Armed Services Subcommittee Examines Management of National Security Labs

(AIP) ...On February 16, the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee received testimony from two panels of witnesses on the management of Los Alamos, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore laboratories by the National Nuclear Security Administration. There was uniform agreement that changes are needed, with C. Paul Robinson, of Sandia National Laboratories describing “a system that is truly broken,” later adding “the micromanagement is killing us.”...3/1

science & technology

A tour of the U.S.'s clean energy future

(Nature News) At least three forms of security depend on inventing a future of cheap, clean energy--national, economic and environmental. President Barack Obama launched the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-e) in 2009 to fund innovative research in the hopes of delivering such technologies...3/1

Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Linked to Snowier Winters?

(National Geographic News) Rapidly shrinking Arctic sea ice could be behind the recent unusually cold and snowy winters in the Northern Hemisphere, a new model suggests...2/27

MRI Lets Scientists See Inside Batteries

(Popular Mechanics) It’s easy to tell when a battery is dead. But engineers who want to build better batteries can’t see inside them to study the finer points of chemistry without cutting them open and ruining them. Now there’s a better way...2/21

Researchers develop informatics tools for identifying effective carbon capture technologies

(Physorg.com) Approximately 75 percent of electricity used in the United States is produced by coal-burning power plants that spew carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming...3/1

Other Stories

Russia on collision course as Putin plots return

(Reuters) Vladimir Putin is all but certain to return to Russia's presidency with the same swagger, bravado and fighting talk against the West as when he entered the Kremlin 12 years ago...3/1