Thursday, June 7, 2012
ORNL in the News

Geothermal Heat Pumps: The Next Generation

(Renewable Energy World) Climatemaster, a division of LSB Industries, recently announced that their new Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump had been certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute to exceed 40 Energy Efficiency Ratio under ground loop conditions. ...Q-Mode is the result of a collaboration between Climatemaster and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...6/6

Promoting Net-Zero Energy Use

(Recovery.gov) The National Park Service is preparing to open a new and extremely energy efficient visitor facility in the Southern California. The Recovery funded Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center – a so-called “net zero” facility because it produces its own energy to operate...DOE awarded $5 million in Recovery funds to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop more net-zero technologies that could be used in retrofiting existing buildings and be integrated into new buildings...6/6

DOE

USEC's centrifuge project continues high-wire act

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The financial future of USEC Inc.'s American Centrifuge Project — and, in turn, the Oak Ridge role in research and manufacturing of centrifuge machines for the project — continues to ride the edge of the cliff...6/6

Federal agency says mercury no health threat, wraps up Oak Ridge work

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal agency has completed the last in a series of public health assessments related to Oak Ridge pollution, concluding that current-day discharges of mercury from the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant do not pose a threat to local residents...6/7

Bringing A Woman's Voice to Clean Energy

(Energy.gov) ...The Energy Department and the MIT Energy Initiative are teaming up to launch a national C3E Women in Clean Energy program...Through C3E, we hope to shine a spotlight on talented senior and mid-career women in the field...6/6

National

U.S. losing patience with Pakistan, says Panetta

(Reuters) Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan...6/7

A closer look at the labor market's 'new normal'

(Fortune) With only 69,000 jobs created in May -- roughly half the bare minimum needed to keep pace with U.S. population growth -- and the official unemployment rate stuck at 8.2%, you wouldn't think employers would be complaining about labor shortages...6/6

East Tennessee

As state funds expire, Genera seeks new mission

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As the state's five-year, $70.5 million investment in the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative comes to an end in June, Genera Energy will take on a more focused role as a biomass supply company for biofuels producers...6/4

UT gets $300K from DOE for coal research

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Dept. of Energy today announced a number of university grants for clean coal research projects. The University of Tennessee was among the recipients of the awards, which were for approximately $300,000 each, according to DOE...6/6

energy & science policy

Leading Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science, Policy

(Union of Concerned Scientists) Many of the country’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists...5/30

science & technology

3D Printing Is a Game Changer

(The Atlantic) The ability to print physical objects from data is transforming industries like medicine and aerospace--and soon you might be doing it at home...6/6

Splitting the Unsplittable: Physicists Split an Atom Using Quantum Mechanics Precision

(Science Daily) Researchers from the University of Bonn have just shown how a single atom can be split into its two halves, pulled apart and put back together again...6/5

The Big Machine That Could Lead to Fusion-Powered Spaceships

(Popular Mechanics) Some scientists are hopeful that fusion—the sun’s nearly limitless source of energy—may one day enable deep space exploration and interstellar travel...6/5

A Scientist's 20-Year Quest To Defeat Dengue Fever

(NPR) Scott O'Neill's big idea to rid the world of dengue is both clever and complex: He wants to infect mosquitoes with bacteria so they can't carry the virus that causes the disease...6/7

Other Stories

Japan considers nuclear-free future

(Nature) It’s official: nuclear power will have a much smaller role in Japan’s energy future than was once thought...6/6

IEA: China natural gas demand to double

(The Tennessean) Global demand for natural gas will likely grow 17 percent over the next five years as Chinese consumption doubles, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday...6/6