Thursday, June 6, 2013
ORNL in the News

ORNL reports success with solid lithium-sulfur battery

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory this week reported that lab researchers have designed and tested an all-solid, lithium-sulfur battery that has about four times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries widely used in today's electroincs...Chengdu Liang, lead author on a lab study published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, said in a statement: "Our approach is a complete change from the current battery concept of two electrodes joined by a liquid electrolyte, which has been used over the last 150 to 200 years."...6/5

Secretary Moniz Visits Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Energy.gov) This week, Secretary Moniz visited the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to talk about science, innovation and national security. As his part of this first trip as Secretary, Dr. Moniz -- along with Deputy Secretary Poneman -- held an all hands meeting with employees from the site, met with National Lab directors from across the Department and toured some of the facilities at Oak Ridge National Lab and the Y-12 National Security Complex...6/5

National

Susan Rice To Be Obama's National Security Adviser

(NPR) United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, a lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September 2012 attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is moving into the post of national security adviser at the White House....6/5

DOE

Roman Seawater Concrete Holds the Secret to Cutting Carbon Emissions

(Science Daily) The chemical secrets of a concrete Roman breakwater that has spent the last 2,000 years submerged in the Mediterranean Sea have been uncovered by an international team of researchers led by Paulo Monteiro of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...6/4

State & Regional

Study says Volkswagen has brought over 12K jobs to TN

(WBIR-TV) According to a UT study, the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga has created 12,400 full-time jobs. It's also responsible for more than $643 million in annual income, and has increased state and local tax revenue by more than $53 million a year...6/4

East Tennessee

First "Small Modular" Nuclear Reactors Planned for Tennessee

(National Geographic News) Near the banks of the Clinch River in eastern Tennessee, a team of engineers will begin a dig this month that they hope will lead to a new energy future...6/5

UT report: Economy poised for strong growth in 2014

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Despite cuts in government spending and payroll tax increases, the state and national economies are poised for solid growth in 2014 and 2015, a University of Tennessee report says...6/5

Business group discusses advanced manufacturing

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A consortium of East Tennessee companies that aim to turn the region into a hub for advanced manufacturing held its first meeting Wednesday...6/5

energy & science policy

Important Senate Hearing on National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) A hearing last month before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Senate Armed Services Committee offered important insights into the views of the directors of the national weapons laboratories and the co-chairman of a National Research Council committee that is in the process of issuing a second report on the laboratories...6/5

House Panel Questions Obama's Plan to Reorganize Science Education

(Science Magazine) Democrats and Republicans on the House of Representatives science committee agreed yesterday that the federal government needs to take a more coordinated approach to improving science education...6/5

science & technology

Bohr's model: Extreme atoms

(Nature) Physicists are stretching, stripping and contorting atoms to new and bizarre limits...6/5

Big Data Analytics Will Help Us to Explore the Universe

(The Atlantic) Harnessing data from 500,000 antennas, scientists are building a system to measure radio signals from unexplored parts of the universe...6/3

Navy Studies Cicadas For Their Amplifying Sound Technique

(NPR) From southern Virginia to New England, lots of people are being treated to a cicada serenade. If these insects sound loud to you, that's because they are. They're so loud that some Navy engineers are trying to borrow their technique...6/6

Scientists Map the Wiring of the Biological Clock

(Science Daily) Biologists have discovered a crucial part of the biological clock: the wiring that sets its accuracy to within a few minutes out of the 1440 minutes per day...6/5

Other Stories

China Seen in Push to Gain Technology Insights

(NY Times) A government-financed research institute in the Pearl River Delta here boasts an impressive range of specialties, from robotics to nanomedicine to magnetic resonance imaging...6/5

Microsoft, FBI take aim at global cyber crime ring

(Reuters) Microsoft Corp and the FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, have launched a major assault on one of the world's biggest cyber crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts over the past 18 months...6/5