Monday, April 16, 2012
ORNL in the News

Energy Department Announces Selections for U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the selections for three consortia that will make up the $125 million U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC)...Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will lead the U.S. team that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory; University of California Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Autodesk, Inc.;...4/13

ORNL microscopy inspires flexoelectric theory behind 'material on the brink'

(Lab International) Electron microscopy, conducted as part of the Shared Research Equipment (ShaRE) User Program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has led to a new theory to explain intriguing properties in a material with potential applications in capacitors and actuators. A research team led by ORNL's Albina Borisevich examined thin films of bismuth samarium ferrite, known as BSFO...[n.d.]

DOE

US competition seeks new ways of "stockpiling" green energy

(PV Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its sophisticated think tank, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), is funding a $30 million research competition that will engage America’s brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in improving the capability of energy storage devices, including batteries...4/16

State & Regional

Appeals court affirms ruling giving OK to state's execution procedures

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Tennessee Court of Appeals last week issued an opinion affirming the decision of Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman to uphold a new procedure set by the state Department of Correction to try to ensure a death row inmate is unconscious before fatal drugs are administered under the state's three-drug lethal injection process...4/16

TVA expects increased demand, hikes power rates

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With summer approaching and anticipation that energy demand will increase, TVA is boosting its wholesale power rate by 2.1 percent in May, raising residential utility bills an estimated $1 to $3 a month....4/14

National

El CaribeSecret Service Scandal: President Obama Calls for 'Thorough, Rigorous' Investigation

(ABC News) President Obama said today that he expects a "thorough" and "rigorous" investigation of allegations of misconduct involving members of the Secret Service and military assigned to a security detail ahead of his visit to Cartagena, Colombia...4/15

Taliban hits Kabul, other Afghanistan cities in coordinated attack

(Washington Post) Insurgents attacked cities across eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, including at least three prominent targets in Kabul, a rare coordinated effort spanning some of the country’s most important population centers...4/15

Iran nuclear talks: Why all sides kept positive

(CS Monitor) In the forlorn panoply of Iran's nuclear negotiations with world powers over the years, the positive atmosphere that prevailed during Saturday talks in Istanbul was the best in nearly a decade...4/15

energy & science policy

Obama forms natural gas policy group

(KSAT.com) President Obama issued an executive order Friday, establishing a meeting of the minds to work on natural gas policies for his administration. The executive order creates a new working group made of representatives from at least 13 government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others...4/13

science & technology

PenguinsEmperor Penguins Counted From Space—A First

(National Geographic) Scientists have snapped penguin pictures from space before. But the new work used a technique called pansharpening, which offers high enough resolution for the scientists to differentiate between penguin poop, ice, and the birds themselves...4/13

New Genes Linked to Brain Size, Intelligence

(Science Daily) In the world’s largest brain study to date, a team of more than 200 scientists from 100 institutions worldwide collaborated to map the human genes that boost or sabotage the brain’s resistance to a variety of mental illnesses and Alzheimer’s disease...4/15

Sun

See The Sun In A Whole New Light: Big Pic

(Discovery News) Astrophotographer Alan Friedman captured this gorgeous portrait of the sun on April 7 from his home in Buffalo, NY, using a backyard solar telescope and a new Grasshopper CCD camera by Point Grey Research. Viewed in a wavelength emitted by hydrogen alpha (Ha) the sun's surface details become visible, showing the complex texture of our home star's true face...4/13

Other Stories

How Apple's battle over e-books helps consumers

(CBS Money Watch) The battle lines over e-book pricing are dug deep, and the verbal attacks are flying. The Department of Justice last week sued Apple (AAPL) and five major publishers for alleged price-fixing...4/16

Out there

Man Uses Physics to Fight $400 Traffic Ticket | NBC San Diego

(NBC News) A UCSD physicist used his knowledge and a little creativity to get himself out of a $400 traffic ticket. Dmirti Krioukov was issued a traffic ticket for failing to completely stop at a stop sign. Instead of paying the ticket or going to traffic school, the physicist fought the citation by writing a four-page paper explaining how the ticket he was given defies physics...4/16