Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's Mook Wins Onnes Prize for Superconductivity Research

(Newswise) Herbert A. Mook Jr., a UT-Battelle Senior Corporate Fellow at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has won the 2012 H. Kamerlingh Onnes Prize, awarded for outstanding experiments in the study of superconductivity. Mook was cited "for several decades of important neutron spectroscopy and diffraction experiments on superconductors, especially those with magnetic tendencies."...5/15

Nanotube ‘Sponge’ Has Potential in Oil Spill Cleanup

(Innovations Report) A carbon nanotube sponge that can soak up oil in water with unparalleled efficiency has been developed with help from computational simulations performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...ORNL’s Bobby Sumpter was part of a multi-institutional research team that set out to grow large clumps of nanotubes by selectively substituting boron atoms into the otherwise pure carbon lattice...5/14

Water Repellent Discovery Could Aid Military

(National Defense Magazine) A powerful new water repellent may be able to keep water off military uniforms and help ships reduce drag in the water. The material recreates the superhydrophobic surface found in nature on the lotus plant, said John Simpson, senior research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...June 2012


US and Pakistan make up. Will supply route to Afghanistan reopen?

(CS Monitor) Pakistan signaled Monday it is ready to pull relations with the US out of the deep freeze – though the US has not yielded to key Pakistani demands. The result may be a reopening of a supply route through Pakistan for the Afghanistan war...5/14


Congressman Doc Hastings visits lab, Y-12

(Oak Ridger) U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, R-3rd District, hosted Rep. Richard Norman “Doc” Hastings, R-Wash., on a visit to Oak Ridge on Friday. The Congressmen toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory, East Tennessee Technology Park and the Y-12 National Security Complex...5/15

Energy Department Announces New Investments to Train Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Leaders

(Energy.gov) Underscoring President Obama’s commitments to keep college affordable, expand opportunities for American families nationwide, and promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced more than $47 million in scholarships, fellowships, research grants and university research reactor upgrades to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry...5/8


East Tennessee

Oak Ridge cleanup workers file asbestos lawsuit

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A half-dozen Oak Ridge cleanup workers who first raised concerns about unwitting and unprotected exposures to asbestos, PCBs and other hazards more than a decade ago are now seeking compensation in a lawsuit filed in Roane County Circuit Court...5/14

UT Professor Receives Funding for Nanoparticle Research

(Tennessee Today) Mingjun Zhang, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has received more than $168,000 from the US Department of Defense to buy equipment to advance his nanoparticle research...5/11

State & Regional

Tennessee students make slight gains in science

(AP) The Nation's Report Card shows Tennessee students making slight gains in science. State education officials say the latest results from the National Assessment of Education Progress shows eighth-graders scoring higher in science than they did two years prior...5/15

Billions of documents all stored under one roof in Nashville

(Tennessean) Steve Richards, CEO of Richards & Richards, has been in the document management business for 25 years, and he has come to one conclusion: Paper records aren’t going away...5/13

energy & science policy

House Energy and Commerce Committee Reviews Budget and Spending at the Department of Energy

(AIP) The subject of the April 18 hearing in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation was “Budget and Spending Concerns at DOE.” This hearing highlighted the tensions between Republicans and Democrats on issues surrounding the DOE’s budget...5/11

Here Comes the Sunstorm

(Wall Street Journal) With a peak in the cycle of solar flares approaching, U.S. electricity regulators are weighing their options for protecting the nation's grid from the sun's eruptions—including new equipment standards and retrofits—while keeping a lid on the cost...5/14

science & technology

In Metallic Glasses, Researchers Find a Few New Atomic Structures

(Science Daily) Drawing on powerful computational tools and a state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Iowa State University materials science and engineering researchers has discovered a new nanometer-scale atomic structure in solid metallic materials known as metallic glasses...5/11

How Teeny, Tiny Transistors Are Born in a Near-Total Vacuum

(Wired News) Nanotransistors just got a lot more nano. A new chip construction process cooked up by Applied Materials in Santa Clara creates transistors so small they can be measured in smatterings of atoms...5/9

Scientists discover first ever record of insect pollination from 100 million years ago

(Phys Org) Amber from Cretaceous deposits (110-105 my) in Northern Spain has revealed the first ever record of insect pollination...5/14

Other Stories

Why Polio Isn't Going Away

(Scientific American) As the number of cases of the paralytic disease fall, world health officials have to grapple with a vexing problem: a component of the most widely used polio vaccine now causes more disease than the virus it is supposed to fight...5/14