Thursday, May 16, 2013
ORNL in the News

Electric Car Battery Charger Aims for More Efficiency and Power

(Tech Briefs) Arkansas Power Electronics International Inc. (APEI), a Genesis Technology Incubator client at the University of Arkansas, has developed a prototype battery charger for Toyota’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery charger...APEI has been working on the battery charger for the last two and a half years in a collaborative research partnership that includes four other entities: the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission, an academic research center based at the University of Arkansas; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Cree Inc.; and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc...5/15

Business growing (gradually) at ORNL's mini-hotel

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The 47-room facility is located just below the Spallation Neutron Source on Chestnut Ridge, and the on-site facility is supposed to provide a housing option for visiting scientists who want to stay close to their research experiments...5/15

The DOE Joint Genome Institute expands capabilities via new partnerships

(EurekAlert) ..."Development of a pipeline for high-throughput recovery of near-complete and complete microbial genomes from complex metagenomic datasets," proposed by Jill Banfield of the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chongle Pan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory...5/15

DOE

Shipping A 50-Foot Magnet Across The U.S., For Physics

(Popular Science) ...In the suburbs outside Chicago, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory was once home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. After its storied Tevatron shut down, Fermilab scientists started looking to muons for the future...5/15

State & Regional

TVA officials to toast 80th anniversary of utility

(AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority will observe its 80th anniversary with a public event Friday in Knoxville. TVA came into being when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the TVA Act into law on May 18, 1933...5/16

National

U.S. Hands Over Nation-Building Projects To Afghans

(NPR) On a sunny spring day in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia province, Afghan officials and U.S. troops and civilians gather inside the ancient mud fort in the center of Forward Operating Base Gardez. They're attending a ceremony marking the formal end of the work of the provincial reconstruction team, or PRT...5/15

Iran says ready for nuclear talks with world powers

(Reuters) Iran is prepared to pursue nuclear diplomacy with world powers before or after next month's presidential election in the Islamic Republic, its chief negotiator said on Thursday...5/16

East Tennessee

Through the years … TVC Summit returns to Oak Ridge 18 years after ‘Competitive’ kick-off

(Oak Ridger) Science is too important to lose in the fervor of cutting and balancing budgets. That was the principal theme that came through a congressional hearing held in Oak Ridge on June 1, 1995, and it remains a central theme in government today...5/14

energy & science policy

British government ready for fracking

(UPI) ...The British government last year lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of shale natural gas resources in light of new risk controls...5/16

science & technology

Scientists Report First Success in Cloning Human Stem Cells

(Time) It’s been 17 years since Dolly the sheep was cloned from a mammary cell. And now scientists applied the same technique to make the first embryonic stem cell lines from human skin cells...5/17

Next-Gen Weather Sats Will See the Sky in 1800 Colors

(Popular Mechanics) The current fleet of 90 government-funded Earth-observing satellites—used for everything from detecting changes in sea levels to providing the raw data for weather forecasting and storm tracking—is aging...5/1

Turning up the heat on biofuels

(PhysOrg) The production of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass would benefit on several levels if carried out at temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Celsius...5/16

Other Stories

Reservoir deep under Ontario holds billion-year-old water

(Nature) Scientists working 2.4 kilometres below Earth's surface in a Canadian mine have tapped a source of water that has remained isolated for at least a billion years...5/15

Airbus Pulls Covers Off New Composite Airliner

(Wired) Airbus pulled its newest airliner, the A350 XWB, out of the paint booth this week and may well be the big story at the upcoming Paris Air Show...5/14

Georgia Tech Announces Massive Online Master's Degree in Computer Science

(PRNewswire) The Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing announced today that it will offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science that can be earned completely through the "massive online" format...total tuition for the program is initially expected to be below $7,000...5/14