Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ORNL in the News

2-D electronics take a step forward: Team makes semiconducting films for atom-thick circuits

(PhysOrg) Scientists at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have advanced on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide (MDS)...6/10


Unfrozen mystery: Water reveals a new secret

(PhysOrg) Using revolutionary new techniques, a team led by Carnegie's Malcolm Guthrie has made a striking discovery about how ice behaves under pressure, changing ideas that date back almost 50 years...Guthrie and his team–Carnegie's Russell Hemley, Reinhard Boehler, and Kuo Li, as well as Chris Tulk, Jamie Molaison, and António dos Santos of Oak Ridge National Laboratory–have obtained the first glimpse of the hydrogen atoms themselves in ice at unprecedented pressures of over 500,000 times atmospheric pressure...6/10


The eGallon: How Much Cheaper Is It to Drive on Electricity?

(Energy.gov) How much does it cost to commute to work or drive across town? The price of gasoline is posted at every corner gas station, but what about the cost of driving on electricity?...6/10

'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries

(PhysOrg) Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft...6/11

Backup at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Traffic was reportedly backed up this morning at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, a result of extra caution and attention to procedures in the wake of the latest security misstep...6/10



Presidential cyberwar directive gives Pentagon long-awaited marching orders

(CS Monitor) The 18-page, Top Secret 'Presidential Policy Directive 20' instructs the Pentagon to draw up a cyberwar target list and to protect US infrastructure from foreign cyberattack...6/10

East Tennessee

Employers encourage alternative commuting

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Eighty-four percent of commuters travel to work in their cars alone, according to data from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and the average commute time in the eight-county Knoxville region has increased from 21.5 minutes in 1990 to 24 minutes in 2010...6/3

State & Regional

$50M high-tech training center set sear Nissan plant in Smyrna

(The Tennessean) Training for careers in high-paying, advanced manufacturing jobs would be open to as many as 600 students a year at a new center being developed in Smyrna by the Tennessee Technology Center in Murfreesboro with help from Nissan...6/10

energy & science policy

Global warming: Not too late to rein in climate change, group says

(CS Monitor) The International Energy Agency urges governments to take interim steps to reduce emissions even before a hoped-for climate treaty, saying aggressive measures can still limit global warming...6/10

science & technology

Canadian accelerator produces a city’s-worth of medical isotopes overnight

(Nature) ...A Canadian team has developed an upgrade that allows hospital cyclotrons to make a much-needed diagnostic tracer, and has proven it can pump out enough overnight to fulfill a city’s needs the next day...6/9

Technology Emboldened the NSA

(Wall Street Journal) Key advances in computing and software in recent years opened the door for the National Security Agency to analyze far larger volumes of phone, Internet and financial data to search for terrorist attacks, paving the way for the programs now generating controversy...6/9

'Landscape of Fear' Not Impacting Yellowstone's Elk

(Science Magazine) Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Not elk in the Greater Yellowstone area of Wyoming and Montana. That's the contention of a new study that disputes the notion that Rocky Mountain gray wolves, which were reintroduced into the region in 1995, have turned the once peaceful area into a "landscape of fear."...6/11

Other Stories

Dust Bowl Days Are Here Again

(Scientific American) The current drought started in 2012, the hottest year on record in the U.S., and has embroiled the country in the worst drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s...6/9

China launches fifth manned space mission

(CBS News) A Shenzhou spacecraft carrying a crew of three, including China's second female astronaut, streaked into orbit Tuesday, heading for a prototype space station module for a planned two-week mission...6/11