Wednesday, June 22, 2011
ORNL in the News

Self-cleaning anodes could facilitate cost-effective coal-powered fuel cells

(EurekAlert) Using barium oxide nanoparticles, researchers have developed a self-cleaning technique that could allow solid oxide fuel cells to be powered directly by coal gas at operating temperatures as low as 750 degrees Celsius. The work involved researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory....6/21

ORNL opens on site hotel for visiting scientists

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The facility, located on Chestnut Ridge near the Spallation Neutron Source, is designed to house visiting scientists who want to be near their experiments at SNS, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and other lab research facilities....6/22

East Tennessee

Quality of life issues align in 5 ET counties

(Knoxville News Sentinel) While five East Tennessee counties span areas as diverse as downtown Knoxville in Knox County to rural farmland in Union County, they share much in common, a special report released Tuesday shows....6/22

National

In Congress, A Bipartisan Push For Afghan Drawdown

(NPR) Growing numbers of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are balking both at the length of the war in Afghanistan and its cost....6/22

State & Regional

Small nuclear reactors planned for Oak Ridge

(Oak Ridger) Pushing ahead with ambitious nuclear plans, the Tennessee Valley Authority signed a letter of intent to become the nation's first electricity provider to build small modular reactors....6/21

energy & science policy

The Light Fantastic

(The Atlantic) In the next decade, a large percentage of America's 37 million streetlights will be equipped with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, and other kinds of solid-state lighting....6/20

Inside Energy Extra

6/21 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
** EPA proposes hike in renewable-fuel goal
** Mid-Atlantic wind reviews out by 2012: DOI
** Bids sought on N.M. waste-site contract
** More nuclear-power aid unlikely: Whitfield
** DOE offers loan aid to N.H. wind project
** White House misses solar-panel target

science & technology

In Tiny Worm, Unlocking Secrets of the Brain

(New York Times) Despite the roundworm's lowliness on the scale of intellectual achievement, the study of its nervous system offers one of the most promising approaches for understanding the human brain....6/21

As the sun awakens, the power grid stands vulnerable

(Washington Post) The sun has been quiet for years, at the nadir of its activity cycle. But since February, our star has been spitting out flares and plasma like an angry dragon....6/21

A Scary Report Card on the World's Oceans

(TIME) While news of Earth's impending doom can sometimes seem exaggerated, there's one environmental disaster that never gets the coverage it really deserves: the state of the oceans....6/21