Tuesday, July 9, 2013
ORNL in the News

Solar Nanotechnology Expert Named as Twelfth Governor’s Chair

(Tennessee Today) Ramamoorthy Ramesh, an authority in the physics of functional materials, has been named the twelfth University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. He has also been appointed as deputy director for science and technology at ORNL. Ramesh will serve as Governor’s Chair for Nanomaterials Engineering, based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering...7/8

Accessing Neutron Data in Near Real-Time

(Science World Report) Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, is home to the Spallation Neutron Source, which produces the most intense neutron beams in the world. Scientists study how the neutrons scatter when different materials are exposed to the beams...7/5

Energy Department Invests $13 Million in Next-Generation Biofuels

(Energy Vortex) Following last week's rollout of President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution, the Energy Department announced four research and development projects to bring next generation biofuels on line faster and drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuels from biomass...7/8

DOE

House Science Committee Discusses Department of Energy Science and Technology Priorities

(AIP) A June 18 hearing in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee provided Members an opportunity to ask questions to newly appointed Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz regarding research at the Department of Energy...7/8

Solar Impulse Lands in New York

(Energy.gov) This past weekend, Solar Impulse -- a solar-powered plane that flies day and night without the use of fuel -- completed its historic cross-country journey at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport...In this video -- captured during the plane’s stopover in the nation’s capital -- hear remarks from Secretary Ernest Moniz and catch breathtaking shots of Solar Impulse in flight...7/8

National

U.S. considers pulling all troops from Afghanistan

(Reuters) The United States is considering pulling out all its troops from Afghanistan next year, U.S. officials said, amid tension between the President Barack Obama's administration and Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government...7/9

East Tennessee

Sandhill crane hunting proposal in TN sparks support, opposition

(WBIR-TV) Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes descend on southeast Tennessee every winter. With wingspans of up to 6 feet, they are some of the largest migratory birds around...The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission - for the second time in three years - is considering a sandhill crane hunting season...7/8

energy & science policy

In the shadow of Obama's climate plan, governors lay out their own energy 'vision'

(Environment and Energy Daily) ...The Western Governors' Association on Friday unveiled its "10-Year Energy Vision," a policy paper that calls for Western states to take a lead in shoring up the nation's energy security while balancing production with environmental and wildlife protections...7/1

science & technology

Powering the future: Will algae fuel your next car?

(CBS) ...Proponents find algae appealing because it can be grown in salt water. The race to find a sustainable alternative to oil has mainly focused on other types of biofuels, like corn-derived ethanol or vegetable oil, but these options compete with food crops...7/8

Eavesdropping on lithium ions

(PhysOrg) Lithium ion batteries are at the energetic heart of almost all things tech, from cell phones to tablets to electric vehicles. That's because they are a proven technology, light, long-lasting and powerful. But they aren't perfect...7/8

The Hut Where the Internet Began

(The Atlantic) When Douglas Engelbart read a Vannevar Bush essay on a Philippine island in the aftermath of World War II, he found the conceptual space to imagine what would become our Internet...7/7

What Will It Take for U.S. Wind Energy to Take Off?

(Popular Mechanics) Windmills aren't the solitary, squeaky sentinels spinning on the horizon anymore. They've evolved into sleek towers with blades hundreds of feet long, grouped together in massive wind farms...7/5

U.S. System for Flagging Hazardous Chemicals Is Widely Flawed

(Scientific American) A 27-year-old U.S. program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners, a Reuters examination finds...7/8

Other Stories

Electric vehicles still struggling to be cost-competitive

(Fortune) New emission standards and increased tax credits will be needed to make electric vehicles a financially smarter buy than traditional vehicles...7/5