Friday, April 19, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL gives second life to electric vehicle batteries

(WBIR) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is testing new technology that could drive down the cost of electric cars. ORNL is taking used vehicle batteries from electric cars and giving them a second life...4/18

National Engineering Forum kicks off regional dialogues

(Business Wire) The National Engineering Forum (NEF) is opening a nationwide conversation on how to ensure the engineering profession is ready to lead America into a secure and prosperous future. NEF follows its inaugural event in New York with a series of national dialogues beginning April 18 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) near Knoxville, Tenn...4/18

Hot New Advances in Water Heating Technology

(Energy.gov) With a typical life span of 10-15 years, the water heater is one of your home’s often-used but rarely seen appliances. Tucked away in a closet or the basement, it garners little or no attention until it fails...4/18

As PC sales fall, supercomputers soar

(Marketplace) Mike Henderson knows trucks. He’s president of a company called Smart Truck, and he had a problem...Trucks," he says, "are fairly unaerodynamic devices. Half their fuel goes to defeating aerodynamic drag.”...So Henderson did what a growing number of businesses are doing: He managed to get access to a supercomputer...4/18

DOE

NNSA: President’s budget request includes $326M for UPF at Y-12

(Oak Ridge Today) President Barack Obama’s budget request for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 includes $326 million for the Uranium Processing Facility project at the Y-12 National Security Complex, federal officials said this week...4/17

State & Regional

General Assembly OKs Haslam's $32.8B budget plan

(WBIR) Gov. Bill Haslam's $32.8 billion budget has cleared the Tennessee General Assembly. The Senate unanimously approved the spending plan on Wednesday afternoon, and the House later followed suit on an 83-14 vote...4/18

National

Burning Waco FactoryUp to 15 dead, more than 160 injured after Texas explosion; 50-75 houses, apartment building, nursing home leveled

(Knoxville News Sentinel/AP) Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others...4/18

1 Boston Bombing Marathon Suspect Dead, 1 'Armed and Dangerous,' Police Say

(ABC News) One suspect in this week's deadly Boston Marathon bombing was killed after a police shootout, and a second suspect remained at large and the subject of an overnight manhunt in Massachusetts, police said early this morning...4/19

energy & science policy

FY 2014 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

(AIP) FY 2014 funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) would remain essentially even with the FY 2012 budget under the request the Obama Administration sent to Congress...4/18

science & technology

Explosion Highlights Dangers of Anhydrous Ammonia

(National Geographic) A fertilizer plant in the community of West, Texas that exploded on Wednesday to deadly effect was known to produce and store a volatile and potentially dangerous form of nitrogen-based fertilizer known as anhydrous ammonia...4/18

Kepler 62Three Super-Earth-Size Planets Found in 'Habitable Zone'

(Science Daily) NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water...4/18

Coelacanth'Living Fossil' Gets Its Genome Sequenced

(Science Magazine) The coelacanth isn't called a "living fossil" for nothing. The 2-meter-long, 90 kg fish was thought to have gone extinct 70 million years ago—until a fisherman caught one in 1938—and the animal looks a lot like its fossil ancestors dating back 300 million years...4/18

Other Stories

CheniereHow Cheniere Energy Got First In Line To Export America's Natural Gas

(Forbes) If you want to see what the natural gas revolution in America has wrought, there’s no better place than the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas port in coastal Louisiana...4/17

Harvey GanttNow, With No Further Ado, We Present ... the Digital Public Library of America!

(The Atlantic) Two-and-a-half years ago, at a meeting in Cambridge, leaders of 42 of America's top libraries and research institutions decided that the time had come to build something together. But what was that thing?...4/18

Out there

Giant GoldfishComing to Your Neighborhood: Giant Animal Invaders

(WIRED) Animal invaders can arrive by land, sea, or air. While most invasive species are unwelcome for one reason or another, some invaders up the creep factor simply by being giant versions of familiar animals...4/19