Friday, April 13, 2012
ORNL in the News

Ford and Dow Team Up to Bring Low-Cost, High-Volume Carbon Fiber Composites to Next-Generation Vehicles

(PRNewswire) Ford is investigating a range of new materials, enhanced design processes and new manufacturing techniques that would enable automotive structures to meet increasingly stringent safety and quality standards while cutting weight....The joint development effort will also leverage work that The Dow Chemical Company has already begun through partnerships with Turkish carbon fiber manufacturer AKSA and the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/12

Oak Ridge lab takes a new tack on 'big security'

(GCN) Oak Ridge National Lab is developing a number of cybersecurity tools that use advanced machine learning to counter cyber threats...One tool under development looks for data being sent from inside an enterprise by insiders, leveraging data from each host on the network to identify bad behavior. Profiles of normal user behavior can be created relatively quickly and signatures for exfiltrating data can be recognized. Behavior that is flagged as suspicious or malicious can be diverted to a honeypot environment where the user is isolated but actions can be studied...4/12

 

DOE

High-level appointment at Y-12: Jim Haynes

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jim Haynes has been on site for a few months now, but I don't think there's been a public announcement of his arrival. Haynes is the new deputy general manager and senior vice president of B&W Y-12, the government's managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...4/12

Setback in Y-12's microwave project; could delay introduction of technology to uranium processing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The long-in-development plan to use microwaves for uranium-processing work at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant has hit a snag and apparently will delay the technology's official entry into the production program...4/12

State & Regional

Largest solar farm in Tennessee now open

(WBIR-TV) The largest solar farm in Tennessee is now open. The state and University of Tennessee held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the 25-acre, 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm...4/12

National

Report cites fracking-related activities as potential suspect in minor quakes

(CS Monitor) The rate of minor earthquakes from Colorado to Ohio has quickened in the past decade. But the report doesn't make a direct link between fracking and quakes...4/12

East Tennessee

Knoxville man recognized by President for environmental leadership

(WBIR.com) A Knoxville business-owner got recognized by the President for his efforts to promote corporate environmental leadership. David Bolt is the founder and CEO of Sustainable Future, a solar and home energy improvement company based in Knoxville...His home currently produces more energy than it uses. Bolt has not paid an electric bill since April 2006...4/12

energy & science policy

House Science Subcommittee Examines Public Access to Research

(AIP) ...A panel of five witnesses at this March 29 hearing of this subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee offered contrasting approaches on increasing public access to the results of federally-funded research...4/12

science & technology

Which Continent to Put the Largest Radio Telescope On? Why Not Both

(Popular Science) Splitting the world’s largest radio telescope across half the Earth could resolve an international quarrel that is brewing between two continents, researchers say. Australia and South Africa are vying to host the Square Kilometer Array, which will peer back to the early universe, and now it’s getting political...4/12

A New Crop of Digital Science Books Will Change the Way Students Learn

(Scientific American) Science can advance quickly, rendering existing textbooks obsolete. Now new digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them up-to-date on the latest research...4/12

World’s First Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms, One Photon

(Time) ...Scientists say they’ve managed to create the world’s first working quantum network, a functional analogue of the kind you probably use at home or work, only in the quantum version, individual atoms form the network nodes and information is shuttled back and forth by photons...4/12

Other Stories

Failed North Korean Launch a Setback for the Ascendant Kim

(NY Times) For the new North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who completed the last step in his hurried ascension to power in Pyongyang on Friday, his government’s failure to put a satellite into orbit is a $1 billion humiliation...4/13

Facing Tougher Sanctions, Iran Enters Nuclear Talks

(NPR) For the first time in more than a year, diplomats from Iran will meet with representatives from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany...4/13