Thursday, June 2, 2011
ORNL in the News

Chemistry and Materials Simulations Speed Clean Energy Production and Storage

(HPC Wire) Catalysts are just one area of investigation for a multi-institutional team whose 70 publications in three years detail prodigious scientific output from the world's fastest chemistry simulations..."Our long-term goal is enabling the design of new generations of clean and sustainable technologies to produce, transmit, and store energy," said team leader Robert Harrison, a computational chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/1


The curious case of germanium-72

(EurekAlert) Physicists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and Germany's GSI in Darmstadt recently used ORNL's Jaguar supercomputer to explore the pair bonding of neutrons in one uncommon isotope—germanium-72...6/1









Underwater Wind Turbines

(WBIR-TV) [Video] Dr. Ian Anderson, ORNL Assoc. Laboratory Director talks about a unique project going on at the lab to help generate electricity...6/2

Nuclear promise resides in Oak Ridge CASL

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Jess Gehin has worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for nearly 20 years, but only recently did I have the opportunity to meet him in person. Gehin, who got his PhD in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a key member of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, and we talked for a little bit at the open house and dedication ceremony for CASL...6/1

Hydro Currents

(Penn Energy) The U.S. could add 12,600 MW of hydropower capacity without building any new dams, according to a study released by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The study, which evaluated 80,000 existing U.S. dams, found that adding hydroelectric power-generating equipment to 54,000 non-powered dams would add 12,600 MW of renewable energy capacity to the grid. Most of the potential – 8,000 MW – is concentrated at 100 dams in the south and Midwest, the study showed...5/30

DOE funds cool roof technologies partnership

( The Department of Energy will fund key lab research as part of a cooperative research and development agreement between The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., and DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., to increase adoption of cool roof technologies in the U.S...6/1


Y-12 in Oak Ridge wins EStar Award, honorable mention

(Oak Ridger) The National Nuclear Security Administration on Tuesday congratulated its national laboratories and sites -- including the Y-12 National Security Complex -- for receiving six Environmental Sustainability (EStar) Awards and two honorable mentions from the Department of Energy...6/1

Design 50 percent complete for Y-12's Uranium Processing Facility

(Oak Ridger) Overall design work on the proposed Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 National Security Complex is about 50 percent complete, according to Darrel Kohlhorst, B&W Y-12 president and general manager...6/1

DOE Announces $27 Million to Reduce Costs of Solar Energy Projects, Streamline Permitting and Installations

(DOE Press Release) As part of the Obama Administration's SunShot Initiative to make solar energy cost-competitive with fossil fuels within the decade, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of more than $27 million in new funding that will reduce the non-hardware costs of solar energy projects...5/31


Petraeus: U.S. still needed in Afghanistan

(USA Today) The recent progress by American and allied forces against the Taliban and other insurgent groups is "fragile" and "reversible," making the continued presence of American troops in the oft-violent country a continuing necessity, Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said Wednesday...6/2

Economy cools more than expected, rattling stock market

(CS Monitor) Slowdowns in car sales, manufacturing, home sales, and job creation collectively shook the stock market. Both the Dow and S&P 500 fell more than 2 percent Wednesday...6/2


State & Regional

TVA, UT to create energy management plan

(WATE-TV) The Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee have agreed to develop a long-term energy management program at the school. According to a news release from TVA, the plan could become a blueprint for similar programs at other colleges and universities...6/2


energy & science policy

Coalition Supports Administration’s Request for Defense S&T Programs

(AIP) The Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) has issued an FY 2012 statement calling on Congress to fully fund the Pentagon’s request for the 6.1 basic research, 6.2 applied research, and 6.3 advanced technology development programs...5/31

Inside Energy Extra

6/1 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Cape Wind 'needs' loan aid: project head
- Chu hears from gas industry on 'fracking'
- DOE faces deep cuts, under House bill
- DOE takes bipartisan hits for Yucca decision

science & technology

Physics meets cancer: The disruptor

(Nature News) Paul Davies likes to ask big questions. But how did the freethinking cosmologist suddenly find himself probing the physics of cancer?...6/1

The Rise of a New Science Superpower?

(Scientific American) ...The rise of China as a scientific superpower seems assured, and President Hu Jintao has explicitly set a goal for the nation to become the world leader in research by 2020...6/1

Huge Flywheel Facility Pushes Towards Completion

(The Atlantic) "Take an advanced carbon fiber rim, lift it on magnets in a vacuum, spin it at very high speeds and you can store electrical energy." That's the simple, futuristic description that flywheel maker Beacon Power gives in a short video describing its energy storage technology...6/1

Quantum Knowledge Cools Computers: New Understanding of Entropy

(Science Daily) From a laptop warming a knee to a supercomputer heating a room, the idea that computers generate heat is familiar to everyone. But theoretical physicists have discovered something astonishing: not only do computational processes sometimes generate no heat, under certain conditions they can even have a cooling effect...6/1

How Big Is the Internet?

(Time) Just how big is the internet? Well, here's a way of estimating it: Every hour, enough information is consumed by internet traffic to fill 7 million DVDs. And four years from now, it'll be four times larger than that...6/1

Other Stories

Blackbeard's anchor recovered off N.C. coast

(AP) Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast Friday, a move that might change plans about how to save the rest of the almost 300-year-old artifacts from the central part of the ship...6/2