Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ORNL in the News

June 2012 Story Tips

(Newswise) Windshields, windows, solar panels, eyeglasses, heart stents and hundreds of other products representing a multi-billion-dollar market are potential targets for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s thin-film superhydrophobic technology...A hybrid supercomputer capable of 10 to 100 petaflops, or a quadrillion calculations per second, can support the Materials Genome Initiative...Wireless sensors that could help the steel industry save money and reduce energy use and emissions are being put to the test at Commercial Metals Co. in Cayce, S.C...Discovery of new drugs requires the screening of thousands of compounds to identify hundreds of candidates that are winnowed to dozens of effective agents...Researchers from Corning Inc. used the VULCAN Engineering Materials Diffractometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to investigate the mechanical properties of ceramic materials used in car emission control and filtration devices...6/4

What takes place behind this door?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) During a visit earlier this year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I came across this research lab on the far east end of Building 5800. The sign on the door didn't register any familiarity, so I asked what took place there. Here's the response from Ken Tobin, director of ORNL's Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division ..."The Systems Integration Laboratory in the Engineering Technology Facility in Building 5800 was developed to support a U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command program to investigate condition-based maintenance technologies...6/4


Underground search for neutrino properties unveils first results

(PhysOrg) The Enriched Xenon Observatory 200 (EXO-200), an international collaboration led by Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has begun one of the most sensitive searches ever for a mysterious mechanism called "neutrinoless double-beta decay" in which two neutrinos, acting as particle and antiparticle, do not emerge from the nucleus...6/4

Y-12 complex being recognized for safe work

(AP) The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge is being recognized for its commitment to a safe work environment. The Department of Energy has granted Star Level status to the complex for its procedures...6/5

Lab Breakthrough: Nanomaterials Discoveries Lead to Possible Cancer Treatment

(Energy.gov) Argonne National Lab researcher Elena Rozhkova and other scientists are capable of building materials atom by atom and controlling their advanced functions. Such materials can be used to manipulate, control, and repair biological systems at unprecedentedly small scales. She talks a bit about the effect of these machines on medicine and technology...6/4


How a US strike on Syria might look: cyberwar could play key role

(CS Monitor) The Pentagon is planning for a military operation in Syria, which could include a cyberattack on its air defenses. But analysts warn that intervention could spark a costly civil war...6/4

U.S. strike said to target al-Qaeda’s No. 2

(Washington Post) U.S. missiles killed more than a dozen people in northwestern Pakistan early Monday in a strike that apparently was aimed at al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, the charismatic and influential jihadist known as Abu Yahya al-Libi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said...6/4

East Tennessee

UT's solar-powered house at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Living Light, the University of Tennessee's solar-powered house, is one of 17 projects chosen to represent the nation's land-grant universities this summer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall...6/5

New and expanded business activity

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville is among the nation's leaders for job growth, according to Forbes magazine's 2012 list of Best Mid-Size Cities for Jobs. Boosted by 3.1 percent in year-over-year-job growth, Knoxville moved to sixth from ninth on last year's list...6/4

energy & science policy

Obama Administration Comments on FY 2013 DOE Funding Bill

(AIP) Late last week the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. It is expected that the final vote on passage will occur later this week...6/4

US and European Energy Supplies Vulnerable to Climate Change

(Science Daily) Higher water temperatures and reduced river flows in Europe and the United States in recent years have resulted in reduced production, or temporary shutdown, of several thermoelectric power plants, resulting in increased electricity prices and raising concerns about future energy security in a changing climate...6/3

science & technology

NASA gets two military spy telescopes for astronomy

(The Washington Post) The U.S. government’s secret space program has decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope...6/4

Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree rings

(Nature) Just over 1,200 years ago, the planet was hit by an extremely intense burst of high-energy radiation of unknown cause, scientists studying tree-ring data have found...6/3

Wood That Reaches New Heights

(NY Times) Developed in Europe in the 1990s, cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is among the latest in a long line of “engineered” wood products that are strong and rigid enough to replace steel and concrete as structural elements in bigger buildings. Already popular in Europe, CLT is only beginning to catch on in North America...6/4

How Climate Change Is Growing Forests in the Arctic

(Time) If there’s a single lesson for early 21st century life on the planet Earth, it’s this: everything connects. That’s true whether we’re looking at the global economic system or the global environment, as we can see in a new study showing the Arctic rapidly responding to climate change by sprouting sudden trees in the tundra...6/4

Other Stories

Iranian cell-phone carrier obtained banned U.S. tech

(Reuters) A fast-growing Iranian mobile-phone network managed to obtain sophisticated U.S. computer equipment despite sanctions that prohibit sales of American technology to Iran, interviews and documents show...6/4