Tuesday, May 21, 2013
ORNL in the News

Lima ScientistsEnergy Center in Lima hosts group from federal laboratory

(The Lima News) The Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center had a chance this week to return the favor of hosting. Officials with the Department of Energy's National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., visited Lima, meeting with the group from the OEAMC, Husky Lima Refinery, Ford Lima Engine Plant, Trinity Motor Sports' carbon fiber lab, General Dynamics...5/18

Artificial LeafThe coming revolution in hydrogen production and fuel cell cars

(Torque News) What if you could evolve hydrogen to fuel your car from a flower like device immersed in water, while you power the house with the photovoltaic medium that mimics the actions of chlorophyll and grows itself on your roof?...Meanwhile at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), researchers are taking the leaf concept one step further by trying to mimic the actions of chlorophyll as a means of generating hydrogen gas...5/19

DOE

Sept. 23 sentencings for Transform Now Plowshares

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The sentencing order filed in U.S. District Court confirms that sentencing hearings will be held Sept. 23 for Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, who were convicted on two charges for the July 28, 2012 break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant...5/20

Not just blowing in the wind: Compressing air for renewable energy storage

(e! Science News) Enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each month could be stored in porous rocks deep underground for later use, according to a new, comprehensive study...5/20

Why the hush-hush on Y-12's lithium work?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) "We cannot discuss specifics of lithium-related work at Y-12," National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Steven Wyatt said in response to a series of questions about the lithium missions at the Oak Ridge plant, which specializes in the second stage of the fusion-type weapons. He refused to comment at all in follow-up inquiries....5/20

National

Both parties vow to "get to the bottom" of IRS scandal

(CBS News) What and when administration officials knew about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups for excessive, often burdensome, scrutiny will monopolize the hot seat this week at two more congressional hearings...5/20

TornadoScores killed when huge tornado levels Oklahoma City suburb

(Washington Post) Rescue crews were waiting for daylight early Tuesday to aid in the search for survivors and victims of a massive tornado that chewed through a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday, grinding up entire neighborhoods and obliterating an elementary school...5/21

East Tennessee

City announces group to explore cultural options for World's Fair Park

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mayor Madeline Rogero announced today the city is exploring a partnership with the University of Tennessee that could include a culture center at the iconic site of the 1982 fair....5/20

energy & science policy

The Department Of Energy Establishes Uniform Protocols For Determining Energy Efficiency Savings

(Mondaq) The Department of Energy has just published a new series of protocols for calculating the savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities...5/20

House Science Subcommittee Discusses Climate Change

(AIP) The Subcommittee on Environment held an April 25 hearing to discuss climate policy issues.¬† The hearing highlighted the political divide on issues including whether there are “consensus” climate models and how to address our understanding of future climate trends....5/20

science & technology

Fusion PowerWhy Don't We Have Fusion Power?

(Popular Mechanics) Fusion energy, simply, is the exact opposite of fission energy, which comes from splitting an atom and is widely used to power nuclear plants and weapons. Fusion occurs constantly on our sun, which produces most of its energy via the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium...5/16

NanoflowerHarvard researchers grow garden of nanoscience delights

(Boston Globe) The garden is marvelously lush, with hundreds of blossoming roses, tulips, lilies, and curvaceous, fungi-like plants. But these petals, twisting stems, and finely wrought leaves are invisible to the naked eye: Grown in the lab, this nano-landscape is best seen with an electron microscope...5/16

RNA ModelRNA was a key ingredient in primordial soup that led to life

(Los Angeles Times) How did we go from a lifeless Earth with no oxygen to a planet teeming with life and that essential element? Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found one crucial clue: iron and RNA. The team managed to re-create conditions of life on Earth 3 billion years ago and "revived" a function of RNA that may have subsided after the rise of DNA...5/20

Other Stories

Big Government Loses Control

(The Wall Street Journal) What to make of the political scandals that are dominating the headlines and forcing the Obama administration into Nixonian damage control? Technology is finally doing to big government what it has done to big business, big media and other institutions that once could operate with nearly full control over information...5/19

A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe

(Washington Post) When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material...5/19