Tuesday, June 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

Tremco ‘Pushes Envelope’ with New Building Solutions Test Facility

(Durability & Design) Measuring air and moisture infiltration/exfiltration in air-barrier systems and building enclosures will be a key focus of Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing’s new “state-of-the-art” Sustainable Building Solutions Test Facility...Developed in collaboration with the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) and operating in conjunction with building scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the facility is a “cutting edge, technically-advanced laboratory designed to measure energy loss and sustainability of the built environment...6/18

Diversity Marks R&D 100 Awards in the 1990s

(R&D Magazine) National labs emerge -
The 1990s saw the continuation of winning technologies funded by the federal government. National laboratories dominated the list of top winners ; technologies were often developed in conjunction with private businesses. Industrial organizations continued to lead with more than 60% of all awards...6/18

DOE

United States Regains Lead with World’s Fastest Supercomputer

(Energy.gov) Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, received the rank of the world’s most powerful computing system...Supercomputers at three other Department of Energy national laboratories ranked in the top 20...6/18

DOE looks for temporary office space while dealing with Fed Building's asbestos

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy said it hopes to have all its Oak Ridge employees back to work by the end of this week — using temporary office space — while multiple agencies develop a plan to address asbestos concerns in the Joe L. Evins Federal Building...6/18

National

Toll of US recession: Family net worth plunged 35 percent in five years

(CS Monitor) The typical US household saw its net worth fall from $102,844 in 2005 to $66,740 five years later. Although the data are about 1-1/2 years old, they highlight challenges still facing consumers...6/18

East Tennessee

UT's solar-powered house to be displayed in DC

(AP) The University of Tennessee's solar-powered house will be on display this summer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington...6/18

Researchers take steps towards nuclear fusion

(Daily Beacon) UT researchers have successfully developed a key technology in developing an experimental reactor that can demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy for the power grid. Nuclear fusion promises to supply more energy than the nuclear fission used today but with far fewer risks...6/19

energy & science policy

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hears About the Role of Government in Energy Innovation

(AIP) The May 22 hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee focused on issues of government involvement in the clean energy sector, highlighting the complexities of establishing the energy market...6/18

science & technology

Canada Will Spy on People, Politely

(The Atlantic) Here is a Canadian initiative: Airports and border crossings are being fitted with cameras and microphones that can eavesdrop on travelers' conversations...6/17

Nano-Firefly Tech Could Make Lights That Need No Electricity

(Popular Science) ...researchers at Syracuse University have a new method for capturing firefly light, by using nanorods doped with luciferase. The resulting system is 20 to 30 times more efficient than other attempts at producing bright light...6/18

May 2012 Global Temperatures Second Warmest On Record

(Science Daily) The globally-averaged temperature for May 2012 marked the second warmest May since record keeping began in 1880...6/18

Other Stories

No, Virginia, e-books don't publish themselves

(Fortune) ..."E-books are cheaper to produce, by about twenty per cent per book, because they do away with the cost of paper, printing, shipping, and warehousing...6/18

Budget cuts threaten Japanese scientists’ pay

(Nature) Scientists in Japan are concerned about proposed belt-tightening measures that would decrease many public-sector salaries by up to 10% overnight and, some worry, have a long-term effect on the country’s efforts to maintain an internationally competitive research environment...6/18

Tense Iran Nuclear Talks Resume in Moscow

(NY Times) Talks between Iran and six world powers went into a second day on Tuesday morning, as negotiators sought a compromise that would head off the danger of military confrontation over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions...6/19