Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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July 2013 Story Tips

(Newswise) ENERGY – Big voltage, little package...METALLURGY -- Graphite foam expansion...ENERGY – CoNNECT promotes savings...MATERIALS -- Safer batteries...CLIMATE -- Blogging from the Arctic...7/2

Department of Energy awards $13m for advanced biofuels projects in US

(Clean Technology Business Review) The US Department of Energy has awarded around $13m for four advanced biofuels research and development projects in the country...of the four projects, University of Oklahoma and Virent will each receive a funding of around $4m, while the remainder will be distributed among Ceramatec and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...7/2

Sulphur back in vogue for batteries

(Nature) A type of battery first proposed in the 1960s is attracting a fresh surge of interest as scientists and engineers look for ways to extend the range of electric vehicles...In January, Yi Cui of Stanford University in California, and his team reported that sulphur nuggets held in titanium dioxide shells — like yolks protected in porous eggshells — maintained 70% storage capacity after 1,000 charging cycles. And earlier this month, Chengdu Liang’s group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, reported a new sulphur-based solid that conducts lithium ions...6/26

DOE

Exploring the Possibilities of the Smallest Scales

(Energy.gov) “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” observed George Orwell. Yet great insights often come when those efforts are made. That’s particularly true for the Energy Department’s Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs) and their efforts in scanning probe microscopies...7/2

State & Regional

Can the Southern U.S. Cut Coal?

(Scientific American) Communities in rural Georgia may soon get a reprieve from the pollution associated with coal-fired power plants...7/2

National

Immigration and Social Security

(NY Times) The Social Security Administration says that the immigration bill passed by the Senate would help its coffers, adding $276 billion in revenue over the next 10 years while costing only $33 billion...7/2

East Tennessee

Institute for Nuclear Security Offers Seed Grants

(Tennessee Today) The Institute for Nuclear Security (INS) is offering seed grants for this fiscal year. The objective is to both increase and diversify the number of faculty leading proposal development efforts in nuclear security...7/2

TVA says power rates down due to wet weather

(AP) ...The Tennessee Valley Authority recalculates its wholesale rates at the beginning of every month based on fuel and purchased power costs. This July's rate is about 10 percent lower than last year...7/3

energy & science policy

Too Much Wind Energy? Save it Underground in Volcanic Rock Reservoirs

(National Geographic News) These wind turbines whirring above the clouds in Vantage, Washington are just part of the Pacific Northwest's renewable energy boom. To manage a surplus of intermittent power, U.S. scientists propose underground compressed air storage in porous volcanic rock...7/1

Senate FY 2014 Department of Energy Funding Bill: Office of Science

(AIP) The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on their versions of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill...7/2

science & technology

NIH sees surge in open-access manuscripts

(Nature) Last November, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that “as of spring 2013″ it would start cracking down on enforcing its public-access policy — and it seems the agency is now seeing positive results...7/2

Greenhouse Gas Likely Altering Ocean Foodchain: Atmospheric CO2 Has Big Consequences for Tiny Bacteria

(Science Daily) Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean's food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new study...7/2

Commercial Quantum Computer Actually Works, According To New Testing

(Popular Science) Since the Canadian company D-Wave began selling so-called quantum processors, experts have debated whether they're truly quantum. Now, according to an analysis by academic physicists they really do show quantum effects, making them the world's first commercial quantum processors...7/2

Interactive Gettysburg: Using Modern Mapping Tools for a New Look at the Historical Battle

(Atlantic) When Robert E. Lee looked out over the land at Gettysburg, 150 years ago this week, what could he see? Not much, says Middlebury professor of geography Anne Kelly Knowles...7/1

Other Stories

Why the student loan interest rate hike isn't that big a deal

(Fortune) There are a range of options on the table to bring down the new 6.8% rate on student loans, and despite all the political fervor there's not much difference between them...7/3