Friday, March 7, 2014
ORNL in the News

Infrastructure Threatened by Climate Change Poses a National Crisis

(Scientific American) The nation's aging infrastructure makes up an interconnected web of systems that are alarmingly vulnerable to the shocks of climate change..."It's kind of a national crisis," said Tom Wilbanks, a senior scientist at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a co-author of the 109-page report....3/6

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Science Codex) MATERIALS – Lighter, stronger engines...CYBER – The science of security...CLIMATE – Report highlights advances...BIOMEDICAL -- Collaborative innovation...TECHNOLOGY -- New superhydrophobic glass...3/6

Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology

(PhysOrg) Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels...The technology developed by ORNL's Chaitanya Narula, Brian Davison and Associate Laboratory Director Martin Keller uses an inexpensive zeolite catalyst to transform ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stock...3/6

DOE

New Y-12, Pantex contractor launches transition website; employment information included

(Oak Ridge Today) CNS is the new managing and operating contractor at Y-12 in Oak Ridge and Pantex in Amarillo, Texas. The contract award, worth up to about $23 billion over 10 years, was first announced in January 2013 but delayed by a series of protests...3/6

Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Daylight Saving Time

(Energy.gov) How much energy does Daylight Saving Time save? In 2008, Energy Department experts studied the impact of the extended Daylight Saving Time on energy consumption in the U.S. and found that the extra four weeks of Daylight Saving Time saved about 0.5 percent in total electricity per day...3/5

National

Obama Lays Groundwork For Sanctions Against Russia

(NPR) With an executive order Thursday, President Obama authorized sanctions on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. Speaker Boehner praised the sanctions and offered congressional support going forward...3/6

East Tennessee

Supercomputer Research Sheds Light on the Death of Stars

(Tennessee Today) Supernovae exhibit the most-energetic explosions, dispersing elements that make life possible into the universe. However, the energy source for the violent death of these massive stars is not known. Researchers using UT’s Kraken supercomputer have created three-dimensional simulations that have made great strides in uncovering the source...3/6

energy & science policy

FY 2015 Budget Request: Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs

(AIP) The Department of Defense has requested $11,514.5 million for its three science and technology programs for FY 2015. Total S&T funding would decline 4.1 percent from the current budget under this request...3/6

science & technology

Colored diamonds are a superconductor's best friend

(PhysOrg) Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue...3/6

The rechargeable revolution: A better battery

(Nature) ...In 2012, the JCESR hub won US$120 million from the US Department of Energy to take a leap beyond Li-ion technology. Its stated goal was to make cells that, when scaled up to the sort of commercial battery packs used in electric cars, would be five times more energy dense than the standard of the day...3/5

Engineering team increases power efficiency for future computer processors

(Science Daily) Scientists have made major improvements in computer processing using an emerging class of magnetic materials called 'multiferroics,' and these advances could make future devices far more energy-efficient than current technologies...3/6

Other Stories

Iran says nuclear talks with powers 'substantive and useful'

(Reuters) ...The March 5-7 meeting at the United Nations complex in Vienna is to prepare for the next round of political negotiations on the issue later this month, also in the Austrian capital...3/7

Can Cape Canaveral Rise Again?

(Popular Mechanics) Even with the space shuttle in retirement, Cape Canaveral remains a busy spaceport. But can Florida's Space Coast regain its hallowed place as the world's capital of human spaceflight? Popular Mechanics tours the Cape to glimpse the present and future in heavy-lift rocket country...3/6