Thursday, June 14, 2012
ORNL in the News

China's emissions estimates don't add up

(Nature) China is stepping up its efforts to combat climate change. This week, it launched the National Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation Center to advise the country on ways to decrease emissions and to devise a carbon trading system that will be tested in seven provinces and cities next year....They are also looking at emissions data from other sources, such as the China Coal Information Institute & National Institute for Occupational Safety in Beijing, and the Carbon Dioxide Information and Analysis Center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee...6/13

Microscopy reveals workings behind promising inexpensive catalyst news

(domain-b.com) A newly developed carbon nanotube material could help lower the cost of fuel cells, catalytic converters and similar energy-related technologies by delivering a substitute for expensive platinum catalysts....In a search for an inexpensive alternative, a team including researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory turned to carbon, one of the most abundant elements. Led by Stanford University's Hongjie Dai, the team developed a multi-walled carbon nanotube complex that consists of cylindrical sheets of carbon...6/13

 

DOE

Will DOE changes ease anxiety?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After months of anticipation (and, in some cases, dread), the restructuring of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office is now in effect and will be fully implemented by July 1...6/13

Energy Dept. to rescue cash-strapped uranium enrichment project

(The Washington Post) ...The Energy Department said Wednesday that it would immediately provide $88 million and in return take ownership of giant centrifuges used in the uranium enrichment process...6/13

Energy Department Announces New Concentrating Solar Power Technology Investments to American Industry, Universities

(Energy.gov) Building off investments in innovative solar photovoltaic technologies announced at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Denver, Colorado earlier today, the Energy Department announced new investments for 21 total projects to further advance cutting-edge concentrating solar power technologies...6/13

National

U.S. Criticism Of Pakistan No Longer Hush-Hush

(NPR) ...Even as ties grew strained over the past few years, U.S. government and military officials generally used diplomatic language when talking about differences with Pakistan. But nowadays the Americans aren't even bothering to disguise their displeasure with their longtime ally...6/13

East Tennessee

Helium shortage impacting business

(WVLT) From your wallet to your health, a shortage of helium is affecting jobs and your healthcare. Many are having a hard time operating through the shortage...6/13

State & Regional

Tennessee general fund revenue surplus tops $400 million

(AP) Tennessee's general fund revenue collections beat expectations by more than $12 million in May, topping $400 million for the budget year so far...6/12

 

energy & science policy

Ruling Could Help Break The Nuclear-Waste Logjam

(NPR) The federal government promised almost 30 years ago to find a place to bury nuclear waste from power plants. It hasn't. So the waste is piling up at power plants around the country...6/13

House Rejects Move to Increase FY 2013 ARPA-E Funding

(AIP) During recent House debate on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, an amendment was offered to increase funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy by shifting $133.4 million from the Department of Energy’s FY 2013 budget for fossil fuel R&D...6/13

science & technology

Metallic hydrogen: Hard pressed

(Nature) Two physicists say they have forced hydrogen to become an exotic metal thought to exist only in the hearts of giant planets. Now they must face their critics...6/13

How to Make Better Car Engines

(Wall Street Journal) A flock of start-up companies are taking aim at the four-stroke internal-combustion engine's centurylong hegemony, betting that giving new technological twists to some old ideas can yield big fuel savings for drivers...6/13

Human Microbiome Project reveals largest microbial map

(BBC News) Scientists across the US put together the first extensive map of the bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live inside and on human beings...6/13

New Catalyst Boosts Artificial Photosynthesis as a Solar Alternative to Fossil Fuel

(Scientific American) Scientists have found a single catalyst for artificial photosynthesis that could create storable solar energy in a liquid or gaseous form for use in transportation or electric power generation. But can the fuel be made efficiently?...6/13

Other Stories

US Military Wants Drones in South America, But Why?

(Wired News) Flying, spying robots are addictive. Every military commander who has them wants more. Those who don’t have them covet their colleagues’ supply. And according to Air Force planning, they’re about to go to the military’s redheaded, drone-poor stepchild: the command overseeing South America...6/12