Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ORNL in the News

Research effort deep underground could sort out cosmic-scale mysteries

(PhysOrg) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun delivery of germanium-76 detectors to an underground laboratory in South Dakota in a team research effort that might explain the puzzling imbalance between matter and antimatter generated by the Big Bang...5/24

New family of tiny crystals glow bright in LED lights

(PhysOrg) ...LEDs, which produce light by passing electrons through a semiconductor material, often are coupled with materials called phosphors that glow when excited by radiation from the LED..."But it's hard to get one phosphor that makes the broad range of colors needed to replicate the sun," said John Budai, a scientist in ORNL's Materials Science and Technology division...5/24


Is Libya's nuclear equipment still at Y-12? Feds won't say

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Last week, a federal spokesman at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant issued a two-word response to questions on a topic that clearly — based on similar responses to similar questions in recent years — has become off-limits.t...5/28

Centrifuge manufacturing in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) With plans to shut down the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, beginning at the end of May, there would seem to be even greater pressure on USEC's development of the American Centrifuge Project...4/27

Cleanup of K-25 nearing completion

(AP) Cleanup of a former nuclear construction site is moving into the final phases. Most of the K-25 building, a mile-long, U-shaped structure that was the world's largest building at the time of its construction during World War II, has already been demolished...5/27

Moniz Speaks at White House Leadership Summit on Women, Climate and Energy

(Energy.gov) Yesterday, Secretary Ernest Moniz addressed a select group of 100 women at the White House Leadership Summit on Women, Climate and Energy...5/24



Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

(Washington Post) Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry...5/27

Budget cuts mean Furlough Friday at four federal agencies

(Reuters) Across-the-board budget cuts have created Furlough Friday in Washington and elsewhere, as the one-day closing of four federal agencies forced an unpaid day off for 115,000 workers...5/24

East Tennessee

Power lineup at Summit in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) There'll be a bunch of heavy hitters at the microphone Wednesday and Thursday for the latest rendition of Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit in Oak Ridge...5/27

UT wants to take over city-owned campus streets

(Knoxville News Sentinel) University of Tennessee officials are looking to take over all 4.1 miles of city-owned streets in the heart of campus — and the city of Knoxville appears willing to let them...5/28

State & Regional

Tennessee Wilderness Act would protect Upper Bald River area

(Knoxville News Sentinel) [editorial]...The Tennessee bills designated 66,389 acres of wilderness in Cherokee National Forest, which constituted 10.37 percent of its approximately 640,000 acres. But one important area was left out of the bills, as we simply couldn’t get the political support to include it at that time: Upper Bald River...5/25

energy & science policy

Struggling ethanol makers hope to snap back

(McClatchy Tribune) Farmer Dwayne Ehlert remembers the moment last August when he delivered a truckload of corn to an ethanol plant here and sold it for a record $8.16 a bushel...5/27

science & technology

Scientists develop CO2 sequestration technique that produces 'supergreen' hydrogen fuel

(PhysOrg) Lawrence Livermore scientists have discovered and demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating carbon-negative hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean acidification...5/28

Study Is First To Chart Amphibian Populations' Decline In U.S.

(NPR) Populations of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians are declining at an average rate of 3.7 percent each year, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released this week. Researchers say the study is the first to calculate how quickly amphibians are disappearing in the United States...5/24

Other Stories

South Korea Halts Operations at Reactors Over Faked Certificates

(NY Times) South Korea said on Tuesday that it was turning off two nuclear power reactors on Tuesday and delaying the scheduled start of operation at another two, after its inspectors discovered that the reactors used components whose safety certificates had been fabricated...5/28

Japan's Secret WWII Weapon: Balloon Bombs

(National Geographic News) Balloon bombs aimed to be the silent assassins of World War II. Hitching a ride on a jet stream, these weapons from Japan could float soundlessly across the Pacific Ocean to their marks in North America...5/27