Thursday, March 20, 2014
ORNL in the News

Thinnest-known LED can be used as a source of light energy in electronics

(Display Plus) University of Washington scientists have built the thinnest-known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics. The LED is based off of two-dimensional, flexible semiconductors, making it possible to stack or use in much smaller and more diverse applications than current technology allows...Co-authors are Aaron Jones and David Cobden of the UW; Philip Klement of Justus Liebig University in Germany; Nirmal Ghimire, Jiaqiang Yan and D.G. Mandrus of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...3/20

Location Based Technologies inks deal with Oak Ridge National

(Financial News - UK) Location Based Technologies, Inc. said it has signed an exclusive license agreement with UT-Battelle, LLC, which manages and operates the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy, to integrate and market UT-Battelle´s electric power restoration forecasting system, called VERDE Analytics...3/19

World's Most Advanced Computers Unravel the Universe's Most Primitive Processes

(Space.com) ...We now know that neutrinos play a significant, if not the dominant, role in these massive elemental creation events, as a team of researchers using the Titan supercomputer located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is achieving neutrino-driven explosions across a range of stellar masses in two dimensions, giving credibility to their model...3/20

DOE

A Cornerstone of Our Energy Future: Women

(Energy.gov) We are proud of the close relationship between the Department of Energy and the White House Council on Women and Girls and of our united effort to bring more women and girls into energy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields...3/19

UPF designed to survive airplane crash

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...“It does meet, of course, all modern codes and standards,” he said. “Today, the way we’ve got it designed, the base mat — the foundation — is nine feet thick, walls 30 inches thick, roofline two feet thick...3/19

State & Regional

Sale of TVA could push up borrowing costs, but AAA-rating stands for now

(Times Free-Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority would probably lose its favorable borrowing authority if it gives up ownership by Uncle Sam, but bond rating agencies are discounting the chance of the federal government selling TVA and are sticking with their top AAA-rating for the federal utility...3/19

National

Obama's Climate Data Initiative: Congress gridlocked? Empower the public

(CS Monitor) The Obama administration's Climate Data Initiative, unveiled Wednesday, is a bid to provide the public with as much federal data as possible about climate change...3/19

East Tennessee

Big South Fork to give glimpse into Tennessee's past

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will honor local heritage and give attendees a chance to look into Tennessee’s past at its 14th annual Spring Planting Day on April 26...3/20

Dongarra Calls for Renewed Focus on Research into High-end Math

(Tennessee Today) The Department of Energy recently released a report co-chaired by UT Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra in which he stresses the importance of prioritizing research into high-end mathematics to help keep the United States on the cutting edge of computing...3/19

energy & science policy

FY 2015 S&T Administration Budget Requests: The Ups and Downs

(AIP) The FY 2015 appropriations cycle is underway. Next week House appropriations subcommittees will consider the budget requests for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation...3/19

science & technology

U.S. and Mexico Unleash a Flood to Restore Colorado River Delta

(Science Magazine) When the influential American conservationist Aldo Leopold canoed down the Colorado River delta to the Gulf of California in 1922, he was awestruck by endless wetlands teeming with wildlife. Leopold vowed to never return, fearing that the wilderness wouldn’t live up to his memories. He was right...3/18

Einstein's Lost Theory Discovered ... And It's Wrong

(NPR) Earlier this week, physicists announced they'd seen evidence of ripples in the fabric of space and time from just moments after the Big Bang. Such ripples were predicted almost a century ago by Albert Einstein...3/20

Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

(NY Times) Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize...3/18

Technology: The $1,000 genome

(Nature) With a unique programme, the US government has managed to drive the cost of genome sequencing down towards a much-anticipated target...3/19

Fracking Hammers Clean Energy Research

(Scientific American) A single bottle of dirty water transformed into the power source for a home—such was the promise of a technology package that became known as the “artificial leaf.” And such was the vision introduced by its inventor, Daniel Nocera, at the inaugural summit of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy in 2010...3/20

Other Stories

China opens door further to foreign stock investors

(Reuters) China has relaxed rules to allow more foreign participation in its main stock market, in the latest step towards liberalizing the financial system in the world's second-largest economy...3/20