Monday, March 10, 2014
ORNL in the News

Heavy hydrogenResearch team discovers unexpected effect of heavy hydrogen in organic solar cells

(PhysOrg) Photovoltaic spray paint could coat the windows and walls of the future if scientists are successful in developing low-cost, flexible solar cells based on organic polymers. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently discovered an unanticipated factor in the performance of polymer-based solar devices that gives new insight on how these materials form and function...3/7

ORNL project could make engines lighter, more efficient

(The Daily Times) Engines could become lighter and more efficient because of a research project that combines the talents and resources of the Chrysler Group, Nemak S.A. of Mexico and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The goal of the four-year $5.5 million cooperative research and development agreement is to develop an advanced cast aluminum alloy for next-generation higher efficiency engines..3/10

DOE

MOX standby renews community fears about jobs, site's future

(Augusta Chronicle) For nearly two decades, the Augusta and Aiken areas have been riding waves of uncertainty concerning Savannah River Site’s mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility. Another wave’s here...3/8

State & Regional

Proposal to change coal mining regulation in TN faces opposition

(The Tennessean) A proposal to have the state take over regulation of coal mining in Tennessee from the federal government, scheduled for its first legislative hearing this week, faces criticism as a drain on state financial resources and a weakening of environmental regulations...3/10

Volkswagen sides with UAW on appeal

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) The United Auto Workers and Volkswagen Group of America have filed their opposition to two groups supporting some Chattanooga VW workers who want to intervene in the union's appeal for a new election at the plant...3/8

National

US job gain despite freeze raises economic hopes

(WATE) Job growth in the United States has proved surprisingly consistent. Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months...3/9

Russian SoldierWhite House invites Ukrainian leader to visit as Russian forces cement grip on Crimea

(The Washington Post) The head of Ukraine’s new pro-Western government will meet with President Obama this week, the White House announced Sunday, as a defiant Russia took further steps to consolidate its hold on the Crimean Peninsula...3/10

East Tennessee

UT Body Farm founder named Investigator of the Year

(WBIR) The Tennessee Professional Investigators Association on Saturday presented one of its highest honors to an East Tennessee man. During a seminar in downtown Knoxville, the group gave Dr. Bill Bass its 2014 Investigator of the Year award...3/8

energy & science policy

FY 2015 Budget Request: NASA

(AIP) The Obama Administration has requested $17,460.6 million for NASA for FY 2015.  Under this request the agency’s budget would decline 1.1 percent.  Funding for Science would decline 3.5 percent...3/7

science & technology

NASA Predicts Appearance of Sinkholes Using Radar Data

(HNGN) NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) discovered that by analyzing the data collected through radar technology in 2012, there are some emerging indicators related to the appearance of the sinkholes which wreaked havoc at an underground mine located at Bayou Corne, LA....3/8

Planet XWISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no 'Planet X'

(PhysOrg) After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."...3/7

Dinosaur ExtinctionDid dark matter kill the dinosaurs?

(Nature News) A thin disk of dark matter running through the Galaxy might be behind the large meteorite strikes that are thought to be responsible for some of Earth’s mass extinctions, including that of the dinosaurs, two theoretical physicists have proposed...3/7

'Tree of life' distances are no shortcut to conservation

(Science Daily) Some conservation strategies assume that the evolutionary distances between species on a phylogenetic 'tree of life' (a branching diagram of species popularized by Charles Darwin) can be used to predict how diverse their biological features will be...3/9

Other Stories

NASA Admits to Selling Discount Fuel to Google Execs

(NBC News) NASA now acknowledges what NBC Bay Area's Investigative Team first uncovered last year--that the government agency has been effectively giving a price break on jet fuel to a private company...3/7

Out there

Out of BodyThe Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body

(Popular Science) After a class on out-of-body experiences, a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa came forward to researchers to say that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. "She appeared surprised that not everyone could experience this," wrote the scientists...3/6