Wednesday, March 12, 2014
ORNL in the News

New technique lets scientists examine the quirks of lithium-ion batteries in real time

(EENews) With some custom-built hardware and an electron microscope, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently invented a way to watch how lithium-ion batteries work in real time at nanometer scales...Raymond Unocic, a co-author and a research and development staff scientist at Oak Ridge, explained that the team was investigating a structure known as a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). 3/11

Start-Up Licenses ORNL Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Tech

(Daily Fusion) Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels...3/10

DOE

U.S.-India Energy Dialogue 2014

(Energy.gov) The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue met in New Delhi on March 5-11. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia hosted the government-to-government portion of the Dialogue meeting on March 11 with United States Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz...3/11

K-25 Clean-upAnother milestone: debris-free at K-25

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) ...On Tuesday, the final remnants of the K-25 uranium-enrichment facility were trucked off-site for disposal, essentially completing the billion-dollar demolition project that began in December 2008...3/11

State & Regional

Common Core bill passes House 81-9

(WATE) Legislation that would require any data collected under Tennessee's Common Core standards only be used to track the academic progress and needs of students has passed the House...3/11

 

National

Lost: The mysterious, baffling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

(The Washington Post) The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is the kind of mystery that’s not supposed to be possible anymore. The Information Age is also the age of surveillance, of interconnectedness, of cloud computing, of GPS satellites, of intelligence agencies that can monitor terrorists from space or call in a drone strike from a control console on the other side of the world...3/12

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge Reservation’s emergency sectors to change

(Oak Ridge Today) The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency will issue revised emergency sectors for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation on Wednesday....3/11

Burchett faces 'tight' budget, says 'no' to increases

(WBIR) Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett needs an additional $19 million to cover everything the executive branch department heads and other elected leaders have so far requested in his proposed upcoming budget...3/11

energy & science policy

Global energy infrastructure requires investments of USD 36 trillion by 2050

(Business Standard) Global investments into the energy infrastructure space estimated at USD 36 trillion, representing 0.6 per cent of the cumulative GDP over the next few decades, will provide a huge opportunity for the private sector to scale up new technologies and meet the emerging challenge of climate change...3/11

science & technology

Li KeqiangChina goes back to basics on research funding

(Nature News) Last week, Chinese science saw some big wins as Premier Li Keqiang delivered his first budget since taking office a year ago. Yet observers have warned that to translate that support into innovation, the country must invest more in basic research and move away from its desire for quick successes...3/11

Power Play: Surging Fuel Cell Makers Test Short Sellers

(Forbes) Fuel cell producers like Plug Power and FuelCell Energy have been on a blistering run this year, each more than tripling, and the while the surge is surely scaring off many skeptics, it's also proving emboldening for some short sellers...3/11

Acoustic cloaking device hides objects from sound

(Science Daily) Engineers have demonstrated the world's first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that the cloak and anything beneath it are not there...3/11

Other Stories

Vannevar BushTeachable Moments: Vannevar Bush regarded science as a savior

(The Tennessean) In July 1945, with the war in Europe over and a month before Japan suffered the consequences of two atomic bombs, Vannevar Bush, who had been President Franklin Roosevelt’s science czar during World War II, wrote an article for The Atlantic magazine that was a harbinger of the technological future...3/11

FeinsteinSenator: CIA improperly searched computer network

(AP) The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused the CIA Tuesday of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations during the Bush administration...3/11