Thursday, March 15, 2012
ORNL in the News

CO2 experiment over, but results still coming in

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of my favorite environmental research projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to pay dividends, years after the big outdoor experiment was shut down. FACE (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) was an outdoor experiment that lasted for about 12 years and produced valuable information about potential changes associated with increased greenhouse gases...3/14

Silicon-carbon electrodes snap, swell, don't pop

(Physorg.com) A study that examines a new type of silicon-carbon nanocomposite electrode reveals details of how they function and how repeated use could wear them down. The study also provides clues to why this material performs better than silicon alone...Researchers at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Applied Sciences Inc. in Cedarville, Ohio, and General Motors Global R&D Center in Warren, Mich. created carbon nanofibers with a thin layer of silicon wrapped around. They provided the electrodes to the team at PNNL to probe their behavior while functioning...3/14

DOE

Energy Innovator Drops Costs for Titanium Metalwork

(Energy.gov) ...With titanium powder-producing technology developed at Ames National Lab and licensed by startup Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies (IPAT) as part of America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, the aerospace industry can have their parts more cheaply and the operational cash savings, too...3/13

State & Regional

Alexander to Air Force: keep Tullahoma 'capable'

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense hearing, told Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz that the Air Force should ensure that the testing facility at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma "remains capable of its mission over the long term."...3/14

National

Sea level studies: US coasts even more vulnerable than previously thought

(CS Monitor) Cities and hamlets along America's popular coastlines are more vulnerable to rising sea levels than previously estimated, according to a pair of new studies...3/14

East Tennessee

UT dedicates Min Kao building

(Daily Beacon) On Wednesday, campus’ iconic Hill dedicated a new addition to its surroundings. This new landmark is the state-of-the-art Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building...the building, which cost over $37.5 million to construct — $12.5 million of which came from the Kaos — will serve to augment and hopefully advance the college.
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energy & science policy

Energy policy: The nuclear landscape

(Nature) The accident at Fukushima has convinced many nations to phase out nuclear power. Economics will be the deciding force, says Peter Bradford...3/7

science & technology

Super-Secret Google Builds Servers in the Dark

(Wired News) ...In one Silicon Valley data center, the company is apparently so paranoid about competitors catching a glimpse of its gear, it’s been known to keep its server cages in complete darkness, outfitting its technical staff like miners and sending them spelunking into the cages with lights on their heads...3/15

Unusual Warmth Expected to Fuel Extreme Weather in the U.S.

(Scientific American) An active severe weather season is anticipated in the U.S. during spring of 2012 with the most widespread warmth since 2004...3/13

Emissions set to surge 50 pct by 2050: OECD

(Reuters) Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday...3/15

Other Stories

Google Gives Search a Refresh

(Wall Street Journal) Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share...3/14