Wednesday, June 12, 2013
ORNL in the News

How Water Could Help Make Better Batteries

(LiveScience) Water could be the key to producing a cheaper, more environmentally friendly and less dangerous way of making the lithium-ion batteries that power so many everyday gadgets, researchers say..."The application of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles is hindered by their high cost," researcher Jianlin Li, a materials scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, told TechNewsDaily...6/11

ORNL defends its contract arrangement with ex-Rep. Heather Wilson; says it did nothing wrong

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A federal inspection found "serious concerns" about the contract arrangements between four Department of Energy labs -- including Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- and former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., saying there was not much proof of work actually performed by Wilson under the government-funded consulting contracts...6/11

DOE

hydrofrackingWorld Has 10 Years of Shale Oil: US Department of Energy

(CNBC) Global shale resources are vast enough to cover more than a decade of oil consumption, according to the first-ever U.S. assessment of reserves from Russia to Argentina...6/11

Editorial: Latest breach at Y-12 shows safety still not up to par

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Yet another security breakdown at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant raises concerns that what is supposed to be one of the most secure national security facilities in the country is not safe...6/11

State & Regional

Electric CarWhat does it really cost to drive an electric car in Tennessee?

(Nashville Business Journal) Electric-car drivers in Tennessee are paying the equivalent of 97 cents per gallon to power their vehicles, according to the U.S. Department of Energy...6/11

National

Obama Backs Bill to Overhaul Immigration as Debate Is Set

(The New York Times) As the Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to begin debating an overhaul of the nation’s immigrations laws, President Obama offered a wholehearted endorsement of the bipartisan proposal, which presents him with a chance to reach the kind of landmark accord with Republicans that has eluded him on the budget and gun violence...6/11

After NSA Leaks, Senators Re-Introduce Bill To Reduce Patriot Act Secrecy

(Forbes) While many in the U.S. government and the media are busy calling for the extradition and prosecution of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one group of senators is working to change the laws that allowed the secret surveillance his leaks exposed...6/11

East Tennessee

Job hiring prospects promising for Knoxville

(WBIR) If you're looking for a new job this summer in Knoxville, your prospects for employment look promising. A new survey from Manpower Employment Outlook Survey reported that Knoxville area employers plan to hire at a quick pace during the third quarter of this year...6/11

energy & science policy

Driving for $1.14 Per Gallon

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department today launched the eGallon – a quick and simple way for consumers to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles vs. driving on gasoline.  Today’s national average eGallon price is about $1.14, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.14 worth of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gasoline...6/11

science & technology

A Revolution in the Making

(Wall Street Journal) On a dark and stormy night two weeks ago in Schenectady, N.Y., Ken Hislop was relaxing at home when his cellphone suddenly began buzzing in his pocket. It was an urgent text message—from the General Electric Co. factory where he works...6/10

Graphene and Semiconductor Technology Together: Smaller, Cheaper, Better

(Science Daily) Mobile phones that bend, self-powered nanodevices, new and improved solar cell technology and windows that generate electricity are but a few of the potential products from the union of semiconductors and graphene...6/11

Economic ReturnEconomic return from human genome project grows

(Nature News) The financial benefit of the project to decode the human genome continues to grow, a decade after the project ended, and now hovers near US$1 trillion, according to a controversial new report...6/12

Other Stories

Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday

(U.S. News and World Report) Former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman amended an existing lawsuit against Verizon and a slew of Obama administration officials Monday to make it the first class-action lawsuit in response to the publication of a secret court order instructing Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of American customers on an "ongoing, daily basis."...6/11

Out there

CockroachTEDGlobal welcomes robot cockroaches

(BBC News) A project aimed at creating cyborg cockroaches is being launched at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh. The insects, intended as a neuroscience learning tool, are controlled via a mobile phone. The Technology, Entertainment and Design conference specialises in showcasing new technologies...6/10