Thursday, May 27, 2010
ORNL in the News

Powe Award supports development of nanocomposites to monitor wind turbine blade structure

(EurekAlert) ... These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. [Gary D.] Seidel's research also overlaps with several Oak Ridge National Laboratory initiatives, including addressing global warming through alternative energy, advancing active materials, and advancing multiscale characterization and modeling....5/26

Renewable Energy Partnership with Government of Navarra, Spain

(Michigan Newswire) Last month, the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a Centers of Energy Excellence designation and $3.5 million in funding for Energetx Composites, the spin-off of S2 Yachts located in Holland, which will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Dow Chemical Company to manufacture wind turbine blades with advanced materials.  Dow and ORNL will deliver innovative materials and technical expertise to Energetx, and the University of Michigan and Kettering University will contribute workforce training...5/26



APSU GIS Center Helps Develop Damage Assessment Application

(The Leaf Chronicle) The building, like so many homes and businesses in middle Tennessee, was a pale brown from where the floodwaters covered it. Mike Wilson, manager of Austin Peay State University's Geographic Information Systems, stood among the tree limbs and other debris in the Woodlawn community and pulled out his cell phone. He wasn't making a call. He was filling out a damage assessment of the property and filing it to an electronic server...a new cell phone application, developed by the APSU GIS Center and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, may soon allow emergency responders to document immediately any damage they come across...5/26

UTK-ORNL-Oslo theorists pin down the proton-halo state in Flourine-17

( A halo may be difficult to acquire in terms of virtue, but it can also be tough to calculate in terms of physics. Thomas Papenbrock, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his colleagues Gaute Hagen from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Morten Hjorth-Jensen from the University of Oslo have managed to do just that, however, and report their findings in "Ab-initio computation of the 17F proton-halo state and resonances in A = 17 nuclei," published earlier this month in Physical Review Letters...5/26


Deputy Secretary Poneman Attends Ground Breaking at Tennessee Advanced Vehicle Battery Plant

(DOE Press Release) Today, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Nissan North America's advanced battery manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee...5/26

NNSA chief recognizes Y-12's role in nat'l security

(Oak Ridger) The role that Oak Ridge's historic Y-12 plant continues to play in regard to national security was among a handful of key points made this week by NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino, as part of the Tennessee Valley Corridor's technology summit being held in Washington, D.C...5/26

Shuffling managers at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A number of mangement changes are taking place in the B&W contractor organization at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, beginning with Chris Robinson's reassignment as a senior technical advisor, defense nuclear nonproliferation, in the Science, Technology and Partnerships organization...5/26

Readout of President Obama's Call With Secretary Chu

(DOE Press Release) President Obama spoke with Energy Secretary Steven Chu tonight by telephone from Air Force One.  Secretary Chu briefed the President on his scientific and technical assessment of BP's plans for a possible "top kill" and what the next steps will be if BP's "top kill" fails to stop to leak...5/25



'Top Kill' Operation Under Way

(Wall Street Journal) Officials reported encouraging signs—but not success—Wednesday night in BP PLC's latest effort to stop crude oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the site where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank more than a month ago...5/27

East Tennessee

Oak Ridge is hosting elite forces in annual security competition

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The Security Protection Officer Team Competition is now in its 38th year, and this is the first time Oak Ridge has hosted the event since 2002. Most sites in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, such as Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Labs and the Pantex warhead assembly plant, sent teams. Oak Ridge has a team competing, and there are military and top-flight police units as well...5/26

Wind turbine to generate power

(Oak Ridger) Students at Morgan County Career and Technical Center use their energy to hoist a tower with a wind turbine on top.  It will eventually help to power the school by harnessing the wind...5/25

State & Regional

TVA's Power Production Future: Lower cost reactors on the horizon

( The Tennessee Valley Authority, after deferring and cancelling almost a dozen nuclear reactors in the latter part of the last century, is now turning back to nuclear reactors for power production...5/25

energy & science policy

Obama to Suspend Arctic Drilling

(NY Times) President Obama will announce on Thursday a suspension of all applications for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic through the remainder of the year, an Alaska senator said late Wednesday...5/27

Inside Energy Extra

5/26 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
--Senator targets MMS 'revolving door'
--'Will not rest until well shut': Obama
--Bills aim to put EVs on road soon
--Bank provision's impact said uncertain
--Waste commission cites key questions

science & technology

Coast Pipelines Face Damage as Gulf Oil Eats Marshes?

(National Geographic News) In addition to threatening wildlife, the thick oil oozing into U.S. Gulf Coast marshes may be hitting the oil and gas industry where it hurts: in its own coastal infrastructure...5/25

Using Ultracold Atoms Instead of Electrons, Atomtronics Could Revolutionize Computing

(Popular Science) ...Atomtronics is a relatively new field of study and one that hasn't been very well explored, or even talked about at length it seems. But a group at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Boulder has been tinkering with the idea of using lasers to create systems that are analogous to electronic components using ultracold atoms and optical lattices rather than electrons, semiconductors, and logic gates for decades now....5/20

Other Stories

North Korea vows to rip up military safeguards with South

(Reuters) North Korea said on Thursday it was ripping up military agreements signed with the South in a step seen as a prelude to shutting down a joint factory park, just as Seoul staged anti-submarine drills in tense border waters...5/27

As sanctions loom, is Iran sending peace signals to the US?

(CS Monitor) As sanctions loom, is Iran sending peace signals to the US? Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei declared on Monday that countries around the world “thirst” for Iran’s message of “values, humanity and deliverance of nations from the grip of domineering powers.”...5/26