Thursday, March 22, 2012
ORNL in the News

When the road charges your electric car

(CNN) Putting coils inside roads could allow electric cars in the future to recharge as they drive over them and travel much longer distances...3/15

Printing prosthetics, engines, and jets!

(CNN) Additive manufacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that makes large complicated designs with very little waste...3/15

Man pleads guilty to ORNL scientist's kidnapping death

(AP) A northern Kentucky man has pleaded guilty in the kidnapping of a former Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist whose burned body was found in Indiana...3/21


Young, smart and crazy about science

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The next-generation hard drive may be better as a result of early-career research by Nasim Eibagi and San-Wen Chen of the University of California at San Diego. I had the pleasure of meeting and briefly chatting with these Ph.D. students and budding scientists earlier this evening at the Spallation Neutron Source, where they were engaged in research on a magnetic reflectometer on Beam Line 4A...3/21

ORNL's classified computing program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) I talked this afternoon with Thomas Zacharia, ORNL's deputy lab director for science and technology and former scientific computing chief who's credited to a large degree with helping build the Oak Ridge program to what it is today...3/20


Y-12 community investment report released for 2011

(Oak Ridger) B&W Y-12, the managing contractor at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, recently released its 2011 Community Investment Report...3/22

State & Regional

3 in state honored by EPA for energy efficiency

(AP) Eastman Chemical Co., Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and Nissan North America have been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency...3/21


Cybersecurity Bill: Vital Need Or Just More Rules?

(NPR) ...The proposal that has received the most attention, sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and others, would require owners and operators of critical infrastructure assets to notify the Department of Homeland Security of any and all cyber intrusions into their operating systems...3/22

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge airport proposal continues to take flight

(Oak Ridger) The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority's Board of Commissioners has voted to move forward on plans to develop a general aviation airport in the Heritage Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge...3/21

energy & science policy

Skeptical Appropriators Question FY 2013 DOE Office of Science Budget Request

(AIP) Yesterday’s hearing of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations’ Subcommittee on the Department of Energy’s FY 2013 request for the Office of Science had a mixed outcome...3/21

Obama Administration Commitment to American Made Energy

( Today, President Obama highlighted his Administration’s focus on a sustained, all-of-the-above approach to developing American energy, which has included doubling renewable electricity generation, increasing oil and gas production on federal lands and waters, and reducing our reliance on foreign oil...3/21

science & technology

Should Science Pull the Trigger on Antiviral Drugs—That Can Blast the Common Cold?

(Wired Science) ...Virologists, in other words, are still waiting for their Penicillin Moment. But they might not have to wait forever. Buoyed by advances in molecular biology, a handful of researchers in labs around the US and Canada are homing in on strategies that could eliminate not just individual viruses but any virus...3/20

Liquid-like materials may pave way for new thermoelectric devices

( In the continual quest for better thermoelectric materials—which convert heat into electricity and vice versa—researchers have identified a liquid-like compound whose properties give it the potential to be even more efficient than traditional thermoelectrics...3/22

Other Stories

As Sweden Goes, So Goes the World: The Beginning of the End of Cash

(The Atlantic) Sweden could be pointing the way to a (nearly) cash-free economy....While Sweden was the first European country to introduce bank notes in 1661, it's now come farther than any other country in the attempt to eradicate them...3/19