Tuesday, March 11, 2014
ORNL in the News

Chief engineer for U.S. ITER at ORNL to give project overview on Tuesday

(Oak Ridge Today) The chief engineer for the U.S. ITER Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will give a project overview on Tuesday. Brad Nelson is the chief engineer for the U.S. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project. His Tuesday talk will be the first in a series of three presentations on the U.S. ITER project to Friends of ORNL...3/10

UT, ORNL Part of Breakthrough Reducing Size of LEDs

(Tennessee Today) University of Washington scientists have built the thinnest-known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics, thanks in part to a breakthrough by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers...3/10

Romax drives on

(Renews) ...The project, part of a $3m scheme run by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has a brief to study advanced drivetrain technology that can be scaled for large turbines and ultimately reduce the cost of wind energy...the consortium includes the NREL, CREE, DNV, DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, GE Wind and Vattenfall Windpower...3/14

DOE

Red Team on site at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The so-called Red Team evaluating alternatives to the Uranium Processing Facility arrived Monday for its first visit to the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and apparently will spend most of this week getting an up-close look at the plant’s uranium operations – some of which are still conducted in World War II-era facilities...3/10

State & Regional

Tennessee 22nd state to request convention concerning budget

(WVLT-TV) Tennessee became the 22nd state to join a group requesting a convention of states to address the country's growing deficit...2/10

National

Senate Democrats plan to pull all-nighter to talk about climate change

(Washington Post) More than two dozen Senate Democrats planned to devote several hours late Monday and early Tuesday morning speaking on the Senate floor in a renewed push for congressional action on climate change...3/10

East Tennessee

USEC bankruptcy filing won’t affect daily operations in Oak Ridge, company says

(Oak Ridge Today) The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and financial restructuring plan that USEC Inc. announced last week will not affect daily operations in Oak Ridge or the American Centrifuge Project, a company spokesman said Monday...3/10

energy & science policy

Cybersecurity is Key to our Clean Energy Future

(The Energy Collective) Noting that experts generally agree the risk of a large-scale cyber attack on America’s electricity transmission grid “is significant and must be addressed,” a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative recommends that government and industry work together...3/10

FY 2015 Budget Request: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

(AIP) The National Institutes of Health has requested $30.362 billion for FY 2015, an increase of $210.8 million or 0.7 percent for FY 2015. Within this budget, funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering would increase 0.6%...3/10

science & technology

Nanomaterial May Be Future of Hard Drives

(Science Magazine) Most magnets shrug off tiny temperature tweaks. But now physicists have created a new nanomaterial that dramatically changes how easily it flips its magnetic orientation when heated or cooled only slightly...3/7

The Internet Will Be Everywhere In 2025, For Better Or Worse

(NPR) In 2025, the Internet will enhance our awareness of the world and ourselves while diminishing privacy and allowing abusers to "make life miserable for others," according to a new report by the Pew Research Center and Elon University...3/11

You Can Make Batteries From Viruses?

(New Scientist) Biological engineer Angela Belcher is genetically modifying viruses to create batteries that can be recharged thousands of times and then decay harmlessly...3/10

"Super bacteria" cleaning up after oil spills

(PhysOrg) Norwegian researchers in Trondheim have achieved surprising results by exploiting nature's own ability to clean up after oil spills...3/10

Other Stories

Judge: It's always been legal to fly commercial drones in the U.S.

(Fortune) A ruling handed down last week strikes the FAA's prohibition on using unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes...3/10