Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL Home to New Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility

(Newswise) Future automotive batteries could cost less and pack more power because of a new manufacturing research and development facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...“We’re able to integrate advanced material components into a complete battery, analyze how it perform and better understand how to improve it,” said Claus Daniel, deputy director of ORNL’s Sustainable Transportation Program...6/25

Partners Seek New Generation of Multi-Sensor Smoke Alarms

(OH&S) The collaboration of the U.S. Fire Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working on ways to make home smoke alarms more effective...6/25

Dreaded emerald ash borer arrives on government's Oak Ridge reservation

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The emerald ash borer, a destructive non-native insect, has been found at multiple locations on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge reservation — and that's bad news for a bunch of trees. "Unfortunately, these finds signal the beginning of a decline of ash species throughout the reservation," Greg Byrd, a forester with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Natural Resources Program, said in a statement released by the lab...6/25

American Nuclear Society Names Three New Fellows

(PRWeb) Three members of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) have been named ANS Fellows, the highest honor bestowed by the Society...Mark L. Williams, Distinguished Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory—For his significant contributions to nuclear engineering modeling and simulation through unique breakthrough developments in sensitivity/uncertainty (S/U) methods...6/25

National

FBI Tracking 100 Suspected Extremists In Military

(NPR) ...The FBI and Department of Defense call these cases "insider threats." They include not just active and reserve military personnel but also individuals who have access to military facilities such as contractors and close family members with dependent ID cards...6/25

DOE

Waves of Berkeley Lab responders deploy omics to track Deepwater Horizon cleanup microbes

(Physorg.com) ...A team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers found that nature also played a role in the dispersal process as marine microbial communities responded to the oil plume that made its way from the wellhead at a depth of 5,000 feet to the surface of the water...6/21

Chu: U.S. must become leader in low-cost electrical vehicles

(AP) Energy Secretary Steven Chu wants the U.S. to become a global leader of affordable electric vehicles, starting with a 5-passenger plug-in hybrid where the extra cost is paid back within five years...6/21

East Tennessee

Recent Conservation Fisheries expedition nets rare fish eggs

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...On a recent morning four biologists with Conservation Fisheries, a nonprofit hatchery in Knoxville, snorkeled Citico Creek looking for Smoky madtom nests. Making their way upstream, they carefully lifted platter-sized rocks hoping to find the male madtom guarding its tiny eggs...6/26

UT engineering professor to do clean coal research

(AP) A dean at the University of Tennessee says research done by a colleague will benefit the world. Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, said the work of Peter Liaw has the promise of increasing the efficiency of coal-fired power plants...6/26

East Tennessee reacts to immigration ruling

(WBIR-TV) A United States Supreme Court ruling Monday has East Tennessee talking about the issue of illegal immigration...6/25

energy & science policy

UNESCO to set up UN science advisory board

(Nature) The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has agreed to set up an international scientific advisory board to provide him with guidance on science-related issues, and enable him to provide advice to UN member states on such issues...6/25

science & technology

Study Slashes Deforestation Carbon Emission Estimate

(Science Daily) A new study with NASA participation has sharply reduced previous estimates of how much carbon was emitted into Earth's atmosphere from tropical deforestation in the early 2000s...6/25

Rio+20 Summit Sustains Little More Than Sentiment

(NPR) The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development was the biggest United Nations conference ever, but it may be one of the biggest duds. It produced no major agreements — just a vaguely worded declaration that has been widely derided...6/23

A Fingerprint Scanner That Can Capture Prints From 20 Feet Away

(Popular Science) Gaining access to your gym or office building could soon be as simple as waving a hand at the front door. A Huntsville, Ala.-based company called IDair is developing a system that can scan and identify a fingerprint from nearly 20 feet away...6/25

Better surfaces could help dissipate heat

(PhysOrg) Cooling systems that use a liquid that changes phase — such as water boiling on a surface — can play an important part in many developing technologies, including advanced microchips and concentrated solar-power systems...6/26

Lead ammunition still poisoning condors

(USA Today) California's endangered condors still suffer an "epidemic" of lead poisoning from ammunition, biologists report...6/25

Other Stories

Putin Wants a Darpa of His Own

(Wired News) In recent years, the US government has created research agencies for homeland security, intelligence, and energy — all modeled on the Pentagon’s mad-scientist arm, Darpa. Now Russia has gotten the bug, too...6/25