Friday, March 18, 2011
ORNL in the News

Asylum Research Introduces Electrochemical Strain Microscopy for Cypher and MFP-3D AFMs

(AZoNanotechnology) Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Asylum Research, electrochemical strain microscopy is an innovative scanning probe microscopy technique capable of probing electrochemical reactivity and ionic flows in solids on the sub-ten-nanometer level. It is the first technique that measures ionic currents directly, providing a new tool for mapping electrochemical phenomena on the nanoscale....3/18

Nuclear community snubbed reactor safety message: expert

(ABC News) Chief nuclear technologist Kirk Sorensen, from Teledyne Brown Engineering in the US, says Alvin Weinberg - the creator of the most common reactor design in the world - actually warned the nuclear community in the 1960s that the reactor could have trouble shutting down if there was a loss of power....3/18

Could what occurred in Japan happen in Oak Ridge?

(Oak Ridge Observer) ORNL has a research reactor called the High Flux Isotope Reactor. And as such, it has several differences than the power reactors in the threatened Japan complexes....3/16

State & Regional

Obama taps Miss. man for TVA board of directors

(Knoxville News Sentinel) President Barack Obama nominated Mississippi bookstore owner Richard Howorth of Oxford on Thursday to become the newest member of the Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors....3/18

Nashville, suburbs see growth as Tennessee diversifies

(USA Today) The Volunteer State's expansion was driven largely by immigrants. Tennessee's Hispanic population grew faster than any other group — 134% to 290,059 — more than doubling to almost 5% of the population....3/18


Japan raises nuclear alert level

(BBC) Japan has raised the alert level at a stricken nuclear plant from four to five on a seven-point international scale for atomic incidents....3/18

U.N. authorizes 'all necessary measures' to protect civilians in Libya

(Washington Post) The United Nations on Thursday authorized the use of "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya, opening the door to air and naval attacks against the forces of leader Moammar Gaddafi as he vowed to level the city of Benghazi, the last major rebel stronghold....3/18

energy & science policy

Obama seeks to calm US radiation fears, calls for nuclear safety review

(Christian Science Monitor) Obama, in a Rose Garden appearance, says radiation reaching US soil is not expected to be harmful. He says all is being done to help US citizens in Japan, and calls for a review of US nuclear plant safety....3/17

science & technology

Decontamination After Radiation Exposure: Simpler Than You May Think

(NPR) "Decontamination is very simple," says Dr. Eric Toner of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Biosecurity, who has studied what might happen in the wake of a terrorist's "dirty bomb" attack....3/18

An icy gaze into the Big Bang

(PhysOrg) Scientists of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Innsbruck, Austria, have succeeded in producing controlled strong interactions between two fermionic elements - lithium-6 and potassium-40....3/18

Japan weighs need to bury nuclear plant

(Reuters) Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl in 1986....3/18

A New Evolutionary History of Primates

(Science Daily) A robust new phylogenetic tree resolves many long-standing issues in primate taxonomy. The genomes of living primates harbor remarkable differences in diversity and provide an intriguing context for interpreting human evolution....3/18

Hydrogen Is Down, But Not Out

(Wired) For all the love battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids get these days, you'd think hydrogen is dead. It isn't....3/18