Tuesday, April 16, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL leads study focused on afterlife of electric vehicle batteries

(R&D Magazine) ...Five used Chevrolet Volt batteries are at the heart of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s effort to determine the feasibility of a community energy storage system that would put electricity onto the grid...4/16

DOE Announces Renewed Funding at ORNL’s BioEnergy Science Center

(Azocleantech.com) The Department of Energy has announced renewed funding at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)...4/15

Zhang, Specht elected fellows of American Physical Society

(TMCnet) ...Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society. Xiaoguang Zhang and Eliot Specht were named APS fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to physics...4/15

DOE

Nevada Deploys First U.S. Commercial, Grid-Connected Enhanced Geothermal System

(Energy.gov) As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today recognized the nation’s first commercial enhanced geothermal system (EGS) project to supply electricity to the grid...4/12

State & Regional

Memphis - and other TN cities - could run own school systems if Haslam signs bill

(AP) Tennessee lawmakers overturned a 15-year-old ban on new city school systems Monday, following a dispute between Memphis and surrounding Shelby County...4/16

National

Boston Marathon bombing: Feds raid apartment, police seek rental van

(CS Monitor) Federal authorities late Monday removed several bags from an apartment in a nearby suburb. Police investigating the Boston Marathon bombing have also issued an alert for a rental van and for a hooded man who left the area before the blasts....4/15

East Tennessee

OR mayor urges congressional passage of national park status for nuke sites

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A national park dedicated to the Manhattan Project would not be a celebration of nuclear weaponry, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan told a congressional panel on Friday...4/13

The odd side of Oak Ridge history

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge history is bathed in accomplishment, beginning with its work on the fi rst atomic bombs in World War II and continuing today with its leadership in neutron science and supercomputers. But some of the odder events are the most memorable, so maybe it's time to celebrate the unusual...4/15

energy & science policy

FY 2014 National Institute of Standards and Technology Request

(AIP) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of three federal S&T agencies for which the Obama Administration is seeking significant budget increases...4/15

science & technology

Giant Hawaiian telescope gets go-ahead for construction

(Nature) Hawaiian officials have granted a permit for the planned Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to proceed atop the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea, project officials announced on 13 April...4/15

Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand

(National Geographic News) When drought hits, trees can suffer—a process that makes sounds. Now, scientists may have found the key to understanding these cries for help...4/15

This Battery Can Send a Car 1,000 Miles on Just Air, Water and a Lot of Aluminum

(Scientific American) ...At 55 pounds, the battery pack--which is made up of 50 batteries, each representing a further 20-miles of range--is much lighter than a standard lithium-ion battery, with much greater energy density...4/15

Climate scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown

(Reuters) Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding and defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions...4/16

Other Stories

In Boston attack, a reminder of the difficulty in foiling terrorist plots

(Washington Post) After nearly a dozen years of foiled plots, the United States on Monday suffered the first large-scale bombing since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, opened an era of heightened security affecting nearly every aspect of American life...4/15

Two Centuries Of Energy In America, In Four Graphs

(NPR) Until well into the 19th century, if you lived in the U.S. and wanted to heat your house, fire your forge, or whatever, you did what people had done for thousands of years: You chopped down a tree and burned it...4/10