Thursday, April 4, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL microscopy uncovers 'dancing' silicon atoms in graphene

Jumping Silicon(PhysOrg) Jumping silicon atoms are the stars of an atomic scale ballet featured in a new Nature Communications study from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ORNL research team documented the atoms' unique behavior by first trapping groups of silicon atoms, known as clusters, in a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon called graphene. Other techniques to study clusters are indirect, says Jaekwang Lee, first author on the ORNL study....4/3

ORNL researchers receive professional society honors

(Oak Ridge Today) ...ORNL’s Carol Wood has been elected to a four-year term on the board of directors of the American Board of Toxicology...ORNL’s A.C. Buchanan III has been awarded the 2013 Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Science for his research on the chemistry of hydrocarbon fuels...ORNL’s Nina Balke has been unanimously selected by the American Ceramic Society’s board of directors to receive the society’s Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars.

DOE

Karma SilverIs Fisker Headed for a Solyndra-Like Collapse?

(ABC News) As a major financial deadline looms, a green car company that was approved for a $529 million loan from the U.S. Energy Department is keeping quiet about whether it could be headed towards a Solyndra-like collapse, following reports the company may be preparing for bankruptcy...4/2

Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market

(Science Daily) A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world...4/3

State & Regional

Bill to allow schools to choose security

(WATE) A proposal that would allow school districts to hire retired law enforcement officers for security is advancing in the Legislature...4/3

National

North Korean ArmyU.S. to send missile defenses to Guam over "clear" North Korea danger

(Reuters) The United States said on Wednesday it will soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described as a "real and clear danger" from Pyongyang...4/3

'Historic' Gun Bill To Become Law In Connecticut

(NPR) Legislators in Connecticut, where in one of the worst mass shootings in the nation's history, early on Thursday approved legislation that puts extensive restrictions on the sale of weapons, ammunition and ammunition magazines in the state...4/4

East Tennessee

Local FIRST robotics teams dominate regionals, advance to national competition

(Oak Ridge Today) Frisbee-flinging robots took over the Knoxville Convention Center last weekend, as thousands of high school students, mentors, and volunteers gathered for the third annual FIRST robotics Smoky Mountains regional competition...The four high schools are among 14 teams sponsored by UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/2

energy & science policy

Building Support for the DOE Office of Science

(AIP) Constituents interested in building support for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science have the opportunity to contact their representative to sign a letter to key House appropriators.  The deadline for signatures on this letter is April 10...4/3

science & technology

Pacific Ocean CrustHow the West was built

(Nature News) For decades, geologists have thought that the mountain chains running from Alaska to Mexico were created from fragments of land scraped off a huge eastward-moving crustal plate, called the Farallon, that converged with North America and sunk below it over the past 200 million years or so...4/3

Thinking ChimpanzeeChimps: Ability to 'Think About Thinking' Not Limited to Humans

(Science Daily) Humans' closest animal relatives, chimpanzees, have the ability to "think about thinking" -- what is called "metacognition," according to new research by scientists at Georgia State University and the University at Buffalo...4/3

ISSScientists Find Signal in Space That Could Be Dark Matter

(WIRED) A search for the collision of matter and antimatter in our galaxy has turned up a signal that might be the best direct evidence of dark matter to date. These are the first findings to come from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment, which was installed on the International Space Station in 2011 during the second-to-last shuttle mission ever...4/3

Other Stories

ObamaObama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit

(Washington Post) The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place...4/3

Economy, Job Growth Losing Momentum, New Data Show

(Investor's Business Daily) The vast majority of U.S. businesses expanded at a slower pace, and private-sector firms hired less, adding to earlier warnings the economy is losing momentum...4/3

The Navy Sees A Bright Military Future In 3-D Printing

(Popular Science) 3-D printing is the future of the Navy, say Scott Cheney-Peters and Matthew Hipple in the latest issue of the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings Magazine. Onboard a ship, the extreme finitude of the space limits everything--time spent at sea, distance the crew can safely travel, amount of rum that can be kept on board to keep the crew happy...4/3