ORNL in the News

We Can Now Predict Where Hurricane Blackouts Will Happen

(Business Insider) ...“As large storms increase in frequency and intensity in the United States and worldwide due to changing climate, getting profiles of where places are vulnerable to damage and investing in infrastructure to eliminate those vulnerabilities is integral to maintaining a well-operating power grid,” says Steven Fernandez, a national security issues researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee...5/17

BioEnergy Science Center reaches 500th publication

(noodls) Researchers with the BioEnergy Science Center led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory have charted 500 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals in the center's five and half years of operation. Among the reported discoveries toward inexpensive and reliable production of cellulosic ethanol are new approaches for engineering non-food crops for biofuel production...5/17

Czech, US cooperate in developing new reactors

(KTBC) The United States says it has completed a transfer of 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of salt coolant material to the Czech Republic as part of cooperation between the two countries in developing new nuclear reactors. The U.S. Embassy in Prague says the fluoride salt comes from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be used for experiments at the Czech Nuclear Research Institute in Rez near Prague...5/17


Scanning probe microscopy at DOE centers

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The cover art for the new issue of Advanced Functional Materials was designed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Stephen Jesse. According to information provided by the lab, ORNL's Sergei Kalinin organized the journal's special issue, "which highlights recent progress in scanning probe microscopy across DOE's five Nanoscale Science Research Centers." (Click on image for larger size)...5/19


Department of Energy backs Texas natural gas export plan

(Longview News Journal) The Energy Department on Friday conditionally approved a Texas company’s proposal to export liquefied natural gas, only the second such project allowed to move forward amid a production boom that has led to glut of domestic natural gas...5/18

State & Regional

Tennessee Congressmen struggling with internet sales tax decision

(Knoxville News Sentinel) U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. is getting a lot of opinions from a lot of people as he weighs the pros and cons of taxing items purchased over the Internet....5/19


At least 1 dead, over 20 injured after tornadoes slam Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa

(Fox News) At least one person has been killed and 21 injured in Oklahoma as a severe storm system generated several tornadoes Sunday in Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, leveling neighborhoods and sending frightened residents scurrying for shelter...5/19

Union of immigration enforcement officers to oppose Senate bill

(NBC) A union representing 12,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will publicly oppose the Senate Gang of Eight immigration plan Monday, giving critics of the overhaul effort additional political ammunition as they work to defeat legislation working its way through the Senate Judiciary Committee...5/20

energy & science policy

Lawmakers: Natural Gas Exports Could Erode Political Might of U.S. Adversaries

(U.S. News and World Report) In a move to garner support from wary Democrats, lawmakers supporting natural gas exports are changing the focus of the debate, pitting the U.S. against rivals such as Russia and Iran and downplaying concerns that exports could be detrimental for consumers and domestic manufacturing...5/19

science & technology

NASA buys into 'quantum' computer

(BBC) A $15m computer that uses "quantum physics" effects to boost its speed is to be installed at a NASA facility. It will be shared by Google, NASA, and other scientists, providing access to a machine said to be up to 3,600 times faster than conventional computers. Unlike standard machines, the D-Wave Two processor appears to make use of an effect called quantum tunnelling...5/19

Apple Mobile Devices Cleared for Use on U.S. Military Networks

(Bloomberg News) The Pentagon cleared Apple Inc. (AAPL) devices for use on its networks, setting the stage for the maker of iPhones and iPads to compete with Samsung Electronics Co. and BlackBerry for military sales...5/19

Reading Rock to Understand How Climate Change Unfolds

(Science Daily) What happened the last time a vegetated Earth shifted from an extremely cold climate to desert-like conditions? And what does it tell us about climate change today?...5/18

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism

(National Geographic) In April, National Geographic News published a story about the letter in which scientist Francis Crick described DNA to his 12-year-old son. In 1962, Crick was awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, along with fellow scientists James Watson and Maurice Wilkins...5/19

Angelina JolieGenetic Mutations 101

(Popular Science) Angelina Jolie's announcement in Tuesday's New York Times that she has undergone a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer as a carrier of a BRCA gene mutation has garnered praise, sparked debates over genetic testing, and of course, encouraged people to say stupid things on Twitter...5/20

Other Stories

Insight: The road to a greener America is littered with road-kill

(Reuters) In October 2004, then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rolled up to a pioneering fueling station at Los Angeles International Airport in a hydrogen-powered metallic blue Hummer loaned to him by General Motors Corp....5/20