Monday, June 24, 2013
ORNL in the News

U.S. Looks to Regain Lead in Making Carbon Fiber

(Scientific American) ...As part of a new manufacturing initiative to boost U.S. competitiveness through the clean energy sector, the Department of Energy launched a state-of-the-art carbon fiber technology facility earlier this year at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The facility, supported by a $35 million DOE grant, will serve as a testbed for the development of cheaper, better-performing carbon fiber materials...6/21

No contamination, no injuries in small fire at ORNL waste processing center

(Oak Ridge Today) No radiological or hazardous materials were released and no one was injured in a small fire at a waste processing center late Sunday night at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, officials said...6/24

Beyond Silicon: Transistors Without Semiconductors

(Science Daily) For decades, electronic devices have been getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. It's now possible -- even routine -- to place millions of transistors on a single silicon chip...6/21

DOE

Nevada's opposition to Oak Ridge hot waste growing; governor says no to fissile uranium mix

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has told the Department of Energy his state doesn't want the hotly radioactive uranium mix that DOE wants to ship from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the Nevada National Security Site (the former Nevada Test Site) for disposal...6/23

Energy Department, NREL Announce New Research Center to Boost Clean Energy Technologies on a Smarter Grid

(Energy.gov) The Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration...6/20

 

National

Ecuador Says NSA Leaker Has Asked For Asylum

(NPR) Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking classified surveillance information, has asked Ecuador for asylum, the country's foreign minister says...6/23

East Tennessee

Students Conduct Research at UT to Find Rare Birds in Smokies

(Tennessee Today) Undergraduates from across the country and their research mentors, David Buehler at UT and Arik Kershenbaum at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), will try to find rare birds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a part of a project to help protect and maintain species’ biodiversity in the park...6/20

State & Regional

Openness urged in TVA planning

(Times Free Press) The Tennessee Valley Authority in coming months will start building a new 30-year power generation plan — one that puts more emphasis on nuclear power and less on coal — and environmental groups are urging openness at the start...6/24

energy & science policy

The National Science and Technology Council's Committee on STEM Education Releases 5-Year Strategic Plan

(AIP) The President’s FY 2014 budget request includes a 6.7 percent increase for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education while reducing the number of federal STEM education programs from 226 to 110...6/21

BP not in step with industry on renewable fuel regulations

(Washington Post) As Congress considers scaling back or abolishing U.S. rules that mandate the use of renewable fuels, it has the full-throated support of the petroleum industry — with one major exception...6/23

Will Obama's new climate policy lead to a greener future?

(CS Monitor) President Obama is expected to roll out a major climate policy that may include EU-style benchmarks for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions...6/20

science & technology

Los Angeles unveils plans for ocean-research centre

(Nature) ...backers of a plan to convert a 100-year-old dock in the Port of Los Angeles into a US$500-million research centre and business park called AltaSea say that there is still an untapped niche in ocean science

For Solazyme, a Side Trip on the Way to Clean Fuel

(NY Times) ...Solazyme executives say they will get to the fuel business eventually. By producing algae-derived oils at a commercial scale at a reasonable price, they hope to entice established companies to invest in plants and equipment so that the fuel can work as a volume business...6/22

Tesla unveils 90-second battery-pack swap

(CNN) Tesla Motors unveiled a system that will let drivers swap out the battery in a Model S in about 90 seconds, which is less time than it takes to fill up a traditional car at the pump...6/21

What Does Human Brain Mapping Actually Tell Us?

(Forbes) Researchers in Europe and Canada have just mapped the human brain with a precision that’s so strikingly detailed, that it’s unprecedented in humans – and it’s in 3D...6/21

Other Stories

3D Printing: Not Every Hobby Turns Into the PC Industry

(The Atlantic) Despite the massive increase in hype, 3D printing's growth rate has hardly changed in recent years...6/21