Wednesday, May 4, 2011
ORNL in the News

Big day at the HQ of nuclear simulation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) It was a big day for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors as folks gathered to see CASL's new digs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and catch up on what the energy innovation hub has accomplished....5/3

Conducting ferroelectrics may be key to new electronic memory news

(ITT Tech) Novel properties of ferroelectric materials discovered at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are moving scientists one step closer to realizing a new paradigm of electronic memory storage....5/4

Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles is the Future Say Experts

(AutoGuide) Wireless-induction charging of vehicles and plug-in hybrids is likely to become common within the automotive industry say EV experts. "We believe it's not a matter of if but when wireless charging will be in all (electric) vehicles," Laura Marino of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory stated during a recent Automotive Power Electronics conference....5/3


New Research Center to Increase Safety and Power Output of U.S. Nuclear Reactors

(DOE Press Release) the Department of Energy dedicated the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, an advanced research facility that will accelerate the advancement of nuclear reactor technology....5/3

State & Regional

TVA restores power, but grid far from whole

(Knoxville News Sentinel) TVA reported Tuesday it was getting close to restoring power to all the utilities and large industrial customers it serves, but even when that happens, it will take months to get the TVA grid rebuilt to the depth it was before the storms hit last week....5/4


Bin Laden Death Fuels Afghan War Debate

(NPR) The death of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Pakistan has brought to full boil the long-simmering debate over the current aims and merits of the nation's 10-year war in Afghanistan....5/3

Surveillance, Not Waterboarding, Led to bin Laden

(Wired) The torture program established by the CIA appears to have played a minor role, at most, in the intelligence effort that eventually lead to Osama bin Laden's death. From the evidence released so far, electronic surveillance and old-fashioned intel methods were far more important....5/3

energy & science policy

Vanderbilt professor proposes carbon labeling on products to clue in consumers

(Tennessean) As government officials argue about how to reduce carbon emissions, a Vanderbilt University professor is among those recommending a non-regulatory way to get on with it: carbon labeling....5/4

science & technology

Arctic warming to boost rise of sea levels

(Washington Post) Global sea levels will rise faster than expected this century, partly because of quickening climate change in the Arctic and a thaw of Greenland's ice, an international report said Tuesday. The rise would add to threats to coasts from Bangladesh to Florida, low-lying Pacific islands and cities from London to Shanghai. It would also raise the cost of building tsunami barriers in Japan....5/3

Extinct Australian thylacine hunted like a big cat

(BBC) The extinct Australian carnivore known as a thylacine was an ambush predator that could not outrun its prey over long distances, a new analysis shows....5/4

Mediating magnetism

(PhysOrg) Spintronics -- also known as magnetoelectronics -- may replace electronics as the medium of choice for computer memory. The discovery of a mechanism that produces permanent magnets at room temperature, without any external influence, may soon improve the design of spintronic devices....5/4

Hydrogen Fuel Tech Gets Boost from Low-Cost, Efficient Catalyst

(Science Daily) Scientists have engineered a cheap, abundant alternative to the expensive platinum catalyst and coupled it with a light-absorbing electrode to make hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water....5/3

All-Female Lizard Species Created in Lab

(Wired) "It's recreating the events that lead to new species," said cell biologist Peter Baumann of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, whose new species is described May 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "It relates to the question of how these unisexual species arise in the first place."...5/3